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‘Our Treasured Past’ 29 January 2007

A new temporary exhibition opens at the House of Manannan in Peel on Saturday 3rd February 2007. “Our Treasured Past; 30 Years of Metal Detecting in the Isle of Man” is being staged by local metal detector users and supported by Manx National Heritage.

A show-case of many previously unseen artefacts discovered on the Island will be on display, along with images of more well-known artefacts discovered by detector users. There will also be information about metal detecting and advice on how to get involved.

Allison Fox, Curator of Archaeology for Manx National Heritage said:

“The contribution that metal detecting has made to our understanding of the past of the Isle of Man is an important one. There are artefacts discovered through the hobby in the National Collections which help us to illustrate the Story of Mann and there are items reported to us that remain with their finder or owner to care for. This is a great opportunity to see some of the items that have emerged from the soil or sand through metal detecting over the past 30 years”.

‘Detecting the past’ – image courtesy of Paul CringleRob Middleton, Exhibition contributor and metal detector user added:

“The exhibition will give the public a chance to see some of the hugely varied artefacts that have been found over the last 30 years on the Isle of Man by metal detector users. We come from all walks of life, but we all have a pride in our heritage and the chance to show and explain some of things we find whilst doing our hobby is wonderful. The artefacts will be from most of the main archaeological periods of the Isle of Man such as the Bronze Age, the Iron Age and Viking times and we hope that people will enjoy seeing the parts of the past that we have discovered”.

The exhibition will be on display in the House of Manannan Foyer from Saturday 3rd February until Monday 5th March 2007. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

The House of Manannan is part of the award-winning Story of Mann and is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

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