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Story of Mann Sites Open for Summer 2008 18 March 2008

2008 Seasonal StaffAll of the hard work and preparation on Manx National Heritage sites throughout the winter will come to fruition on Friday 21st March 2008, when the seasonal ‘Story of Mann’ attractions will reopen for summer 2008.

This year over 50 staff have been recruited to present the Story of Mann at the Island’s heritage sites which include the Great Laxey Wheel, the Grove Museum of Victorian Life in Ramsey, Castle Rushen, the Nautical Museum, the Old Grammar School and The Old House of Keys in Castletown, the National Folk Museum at Cregneash, Rushen Abbey and Peel Castle.

Howard Parkin, Public Services Manager for MNH said:

“It is extremely rewarding to see such a talented and enthusiastic team joining Manx National Heritage once again to present the Story of Mann. In addition to welcoming visitors and managing each of the sites, the seasonal staff will assist with our packed event and exhibition programme at Story of Mann sites around the Island”.

A wide variety of events and exhibition are planned, including activities for people of all ages, the first of which is an Easter Egg Hunt at the House of Manannan, which takes place everyday between 21st March and 6th April.

At the Manx Museum, the Manx Quilting and Patchwork exhibition will draw to a close on 29th March, however, there’ll still be an opportunity to learn more about quilting on the Isle of Man during April, when Manx National Heritage will host an illustrated public lecture by Cheryl Cheek, an American quilter currently studying on the Isle of Man.

The Quilting and Patchwork exhibition will be followed by ‘Assignment Antarctica’, an inspiring collection of pictures from photographer Rick Tomlinson’s Antarctic assignment aboard the super-yacht Adele, including dramatic icebergs, wildlife and stunning sailing photographs of the coastal landscape of Antarctica. The exhibition will open at the Manx Museum on 12th April until 14th June.

At Rushen Abbey, an event entitled ‘Herbs, Habits and Horticulture’ will be hosted on 4th May 2008, including a chance to learn about medieval lotions and potions and how the monks at Rushen Abbey lived over 500 years ago.

On 28th June 2008, the Isle of Man Photographic Society 70th Anniversary Exhibition will open at the Manx Museum and will showcase members work from the society whilst exploring the illustrious history of the society.

There’ll be the opportunity to step back a hundred years at the historic Grove House in Ramsey on 29th June 2008, at a spectacular event celebrating Edwardian Life in the Isle of Man, including experiencing activities from the times for Misses Alice and Janet Gibb, their pastimes and vehicles of the period.

A Strawberries and Cream Team Dance will be hosted at Rushen Abbey on 13th July 2008, whilst on the 20th July 2008, the annual ecumenical Songs of Praise Service will also take place within Rushen Abbey Grounds.

On 2nd August 2008, an exhibition entitled ‘Pirates of the Irish Sea: Radio Caroline North’ will open at the House of Manannan in Peel. The exhibition celebrates the phenomenon of Radio Caroline North and the MV Caroline which anchored off Ramsey Bay in the midst of the swinging sixties with a host of colourful DJs and playing the latest tunes from the hit parade.

The 70th Anniversary of the opening of Harry Kelly’s Cottage will be celebrated at the National Folk Museum on 24th August 2008, whilst rural scenes and a rapidly changing way of life will be the subject of the ‘Raymond Creer Watercolours Exhibition’ which will open at the Manx Museum on 13th September 2008.

To conclude the summer programme of events, the annual Hop tu Naa event will be hosted at the National Folk Museum on 26th October 2008, an event which is always popular at Cregneash.

With so many sites, events and exhibition to enjoy, Manx National Heritage will have available once again the highly popular 4 Site Pass, which offers savings of up to 35% on our normal admission prices. For further details on the Story of Mann sites, events, exhibitions and 4 Site tickets, visit www.storyofmann.com or collect a free Story of Mann leaflet from the Manx Museum, House of Manannan or any Story of Mann site between 21st March and 31st October.

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