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Heritage Sites Open for Season 10 March 2005

On Friday 25th March 2005, all 12 of the Manx National Heritage 'Story of Mann' sites will open for another season. The sites which make up the internationally acclaimed award winning 'Story of Mann', include the House of Manannan, Manx Museum, Sound Visitor Centre, Laxey Wheel, Grove Rural Life Museum, Castle Rushen, Nautical Museum, Old Grammar School, Old House of Keys, Cregneash Village, Rushen Abbey and Peel Castle.

Since nine of the sites closed at the end of October last year, there has been a great deal of hard work and preparation done on the sites throughout the winter.

Howard Parkin, Public Services Manager for MNH said:

"It is always rewarding for us when we open the sites for the season. All of the hard work and enthusiasm of our many staff come together at the beginning of the season and there has certainly been a lot of work done on the various sites throughout the winter."

A variety of events and exhibitions are planned for the new season. These include a family orientated activity day "Easter at the Abbey", which takes place at Rushen Abbey on Easter Monday, 28th March. Other events at Rushen Abbey include the popular "Songs of Praise", which this year will feature the Warrington Male Voice Choir with their patron, the well known Terry Waite, who will preach on the theme of ‘Peace and Reconciliation’. There will also be guided tours of the Abbey on National Archaeology Day on 17th July, as well as a Viking Re-enactment at Peel Castle on 2nd July, an exhibition to celebrate the centenary of Norwegian independence at the Manx Museum in May, and an exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the first RAC Tourist Trophy Race at the House of Manannan in September.

With so many sites to enjoy, Manx National Heritage will have available once again the highly popular 4 Site Pass. The 4 Site Pass offers big reductions on normal admission prices. An adult ticket is just £10 and a child’s ticket is just £5. If you have a family (2 adults + 2 children), then make even more of a saving with a family ticket at only £25. The 4 Site Pass tickets will be available from all seasonal site ticket offices, the House of Manannan and the reception desk at the Manx Museum.

This year all of the Story of Mann sites will be open from the 25th March 2005 right through until October, and are open seven days a week 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, with the exception of the Manx Museum, which is open Monday to Saturday.

For more information on all 12 Story of Mann sites, pick up a Story of Mann leaflet at numerous island-wide locations, or from the Manx Museum, House of Manannan or the Sound Visitor Centre.

So, have a note in your diaries to visit the Story of Mann sites and share the unique heritage that the Story of Mann represents.

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