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Loyd Grossman to chair BAfM conference in the Isle of Man 20 September 2010

The well known television presenter and journalist, Loyd Grossman OBE, who is the Chairman of the British Association of Friends of Museums (BAfM) is to chair their Annual Conference at the Manx Museum over the weekend of 24th, 25th & 26th September.

presenter and journalist, Loyd Grossman OBELoyd’s lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage has involved him in a number of organisations, and he has recently been appointed Chairman of the Heritage Alliance which represents more than 75 non-governmental and voluntary organizations working in the heritage sector.

The conference is being hosted by the Friends of Manx National Heritage (FMNH), whose original idea it was to bring the conference and delegates to the Isle of Man. The conference will be discussing “Heritage Past, Present and Future” and will include speakers from Manx National Heritage. The keynote speech will be given by former Director of the British Museum, Sir David Wilson.

Delegates will also be able to enjoy a full programme of events being put on by FMNH, including a gala dinner, a visit to Castletown, trips on the Steam Railway and visits to Peel. Volunteers from FMNH will be on hand throughout to assist delegates and to ensure the smooth running of the programme

Nicola Pemberton, Development and Administration Officer of The Friends of Manx National Heritage, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Loyd and BAfM to the Isle of Man. We hope everyone will enjoy their weekend with us and will be able to see something of our beautiful Island and its unique heritage.”

Fiona Turnbull, Conference Coordinator for BAfM said:

“The delegates, who are all volunteers, are representing Museums, Art Galleries and other heritage venues both large and small. They will be travelling from all corners of the UK; from as far north as Aberdeen, from Northern Ireland and Cornwall to name but a few. Everyone is looking forward to visiting the Island.”

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