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Celebrate Autumn with MNH 10 October 2007

To coincide with the Island’s Schools October half term Manx National Heritage is hosting a number of events at the “Story of Mann” sites to keep everyone entertained.

Over the past seven months to the end of October, local residents, together with the many visitors to the Island, have had the opportunity to visit 13 award-winning “Story of Mann” sites and experience some quite spectacular events.

This year to ensure as many people as possible can get to enjoy them, the seasonal sites will remain open until the 31st October, with The House of Manannan in Peel and the Manx Museum in Douglas, as well as the Sound and Nairbyl Visitor Centre’s remaining open all year round.

Howard Parkin, Public Services Manager, Manx National Heritage, commented:

“This has already been a great season for Manx National Heritage. Throughout the year, we have received a significant amount of positive and complimentary feedback from visitors from both on and off the Island about all of our attractions, as well as our tremendously popular TT exhibition ‘Staying the Course’ which has already been extended to November, and our new Viking and Medieval galleries at the Manx Museum.”

To coincide with this end of season MNH are also hosting two events, Hop tu Naa at The National Folk Museum at Cregneash and also a whole week of children’s workshops at the House of Manannan in Peel.

Hop tu Naa, which receives record visitor numbers every year offers visitors old and young alike to experience and join in with the preparations for the traditional Celtic New Year’s Eve festival. This year the event will be hosted on Sunday 28th October, from 10am to 5pm.

The annual Education public workshops offer children the chance to both learn more about a particular hobby or interest in their October half term holiday and have fun at the same time. This year it is focused on the ‘Art of Recycling’ and invites children to compare Manx crafts and traditions of recycling resources and materials from the past.

The workshops, which this year take place daily at 10am to 11.30am and 2pm to 3.30pm between the 29th October to 2nd November, are free of charge and children participating will have the opportunity to give well known crafts a modern twist by using a variety of common household recyclables to create examples of traditional Manx weaving and patchwork. In addition to this, by substituting polyethylene and plastic for cloth and fabric, young learners will participate in creating a large woven collage of St. Patrick’s Isle and Peel Castle which will become one of the key pieces in the forthcoming Manx Quilt and Patchwork: Stitching Through the Years Exhibition at the Manx Museum. Children wishing to participate in the workshops must register by telephoning 648000.

Anthea Young, Education Services Officer for MNH, commented:

“Our heritage sites are filled with many beautiful items that craftsmen and craftswomen made by reusing materials that no longer served their original purpose. Some households had very limited resources available to them and had no choice but to make old things new again.”

In the meantime, all of Manx National Heritage’s 13 award winning heritage sites are open daily from 10am to 5pm (the Manx Museum is closed on Sundays), and with 4 Site Tickets still available it is not too late to take advantage of great savings of some great days out.

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