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Last Chance to View Rare Naval Artefacts 17 March 2006

    If you have not yet had the chance to see Manx National Heritage’s temporary exhibition, ‘The True Glory’; come to the Manx Museum in Douglas where this fascinating display commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar will run until April 1st. Visitors Enjoy Trafalgar Exhibition

    ‘The True Glory’ was launched in true naval style on 22nd October 2005 by Lieutenant Governor Vice-Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks. Since then the exhibition has attracted many visitors who have come to find out about the brave Manx seafarers who fought at Trafalgar and the many aspects of their turbulent life in the Royal Navy.

    Matthew Richardson, Curator of Social History for Manx National Heritage, said:

    “Rare artefacts belonging to a number of Manx seafarers are on view, including a Naval General Service medal, one of only five awarded to Manx sailors for the Battle of Trafalgar, and a dagger belonging to Midshipman Peter Heywood, who, after involvement in the mutiny on the Bounty, went on to have a distinguished naval career.

    The centrepiece of the exhibition is the original uniform of Captain John Quilliam, the most famous Manxman to have participated in the Battle of Trafalgar, and other highlights include artefacts from HMS Racehorse, which was built in 1806 and sank after striking rocks off Langness.”

    There are only a few weeks left to view the display, so come along and take a glimpse into the fascinating world of Manx sailors in the Napoleonic Wars and experience the sights and sounds of a naval battle.

    ‘The True Glory’ can be found in the temporary exhibition gallery at the Manx Museum, Douglas, until 1st April 2006. The Manx Museum is part of the award-winning Story of Mann and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

    17th March 2006

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