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Farming History: Bringing the Past to Life 21 April 2008

‘Traditional Farming in the Isle of Man’Manx National Heritage welcomes Dr Jonathan Bell and Mr Mervyn Watson to the Isle of Man on Monday 28th April to deliver a talk on farming history based on their researches in Ireland.

Bell and Watson, formerly of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum near Belfast, have published widely on many aspects of Irish agricultural history from a study of farming implements and techniques to an exploration of Ulster farming families.

In their talk at the Manx Museum, Dr Bell will look at Irish farming history with specific reference to rural communities and the day-to-day lives of farm labourers and their relationship to the land which they worked.

Mervyn Watson will present his vast knowledge of traditional Irish livestock and in particular will share his recent research on the phenomenon of ploughing matches and livestock shows.

Kirsty Neate, Curatorial Services Officer for Manx National Heritage, said

‘Traditional Farming in the Isle of Man’“We are fortunate to welcome Jonathan and Mervyn to the Isle of Man so soon after the publication of their most recent book ‘A History of Irish Farming 1750-1950’. It will be fascinating to hear more of their thoughts on rural communities in Ireland and to spot the similarities and differences with our own Manx agricultural communities.”

Bell and Watson will also touch on their time at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum and how events and demonstrations were used there to bring the past to life for many people who often had no direct connection with farming or the countryside.

The lecture will commence at 7.30pm with doors opening at 7pm, on Monday 28th April at the Manx Museum Douglas, admission is free of charge and all are welcome.

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