Heritage Volunteering

The Arts Society Isle of Man runs a programme of heritage volunteering.

The Arts Society Isle of Man Heritage Volunteering

Heritage VolunteeringAs many of you will realise from reading the The Arts Society Review, heritage volunteering is one of the keystones of the organisation’s work.

The first project involved a small group of volunteers, under the auspices of Manx National Heritage, processing material for the iMuseum. Having successfully helped to process key photographic collections for digitalisation for the Museum, volunteers turned to 19th century legal documents from the Isle of Man Registry – wills, debts, house and land transfers etc. Other projects involve checking and classifying documents stored in the stack, and one volunteer has entered 19th century prison records onto a spreadsheet – debtors, transportees and single mothers are all there.

Needless to say, Manx National Heritage has been very grateful for this assistance and there is every sign that the amount and variety of volunteer work will increase in the future. If anyone is interested in such work, please contact the Manx Museum and ask for Wendy Thirkettle.

From 2015-16 volunteers completed a number of projects at Milntown. Click here for an article about the Milntown Library

Heritage Volunteering

Volunteering Update June 2018

Congratulations to Marion and Bill Hastings, who were presented with The Arts Society's Marsh Award for Volunteering in recognition for all the dedicated work they have performed at Milntown, helping with the ongoing restoration work in the library.

They received their award at Number Two Temple Place London.

Bill went on to say: "Just to let you know that we had a fabulous day, with the presentation at Two Temple Place. It is wonderful building and is well worth a visit. If you can get the opportunity to see it, it is a must. As for the ceremony itself that was held in a large room there. There must have been some 100 people in the 'audience' together with the award recipients - of which there were some ten/twelve. It was a real pleasure to be there and accept the award on your and "The Arts Society Isle of Man's behalf. One way and another, we must thank you all for that - without you guys it would have never been the case."

The team of volunteers are now carrying out a full house contents accession register with the backing of the Trustees and staff. Planning for this started in 2017 and the project is ongoing.