Isle of Man Studies / Proceedings

Isle of Man Studies, the Proceedings of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society will, from 2015 on, be published annually (previously published every two years). Annual members receive a free copy, Life Members pay a reduced rate of £7.50 if they collect their copy at the AGM, otherwise £7.50 + postage/packing.

Copies of the most recent issues are available from most Island bookshops and from the Manx Museum, Douglas. In addition they, and any other volumes still in print, can be purchased from the Honorary Librarian at £15 plus postage per copy for non members Librarian@manxantiquarians.com

Contents lists, with prices if copies are available, are being added to this site, please click on the issue titles below. Unfortunately the contents are not searchable at present. However, individual indexes to volumes have been published and some are still available from the Honorary Librarian Librarian@manxantiquarians.com

You can view an Index to the Proceedings, courtesy of Manx National Heritage here [PDF].

Isle of Man Studies vol XIV (Proceedings of the IoM NHAS 2015-16) was published on 19 March 2016, and will shortly be posted to those who weren't able to collect their copies at the AGM.

Available Proceedings / Isle of Man Studies

 

Newsletters / The Antiquarian

Manx publications of an academic or quasi-academic nature have come and gone over the years. In the nineteenth century the Manx Society supplied transcripts and historical works to a band of subscribers which, alas, diminished over the years. This Society took up the torch, and its Proceedings, originally just accounts of meetings, excursions and finances was developed into a compendium of the papers delivered to the Society during the previous year, with some notes of site visits. That naturally left a gap for the publication of other research, felt especially after the Journal of the Manx Museum ceased publication. 

By the beginning of the present century, the bi-annual programme cards of the IoMNHAS had been accompanied by a short newsletter giving more details of forthcoming events. In 2009 this was replaced as the Society’s newsletter by a new publication, with fresh numbering and a new title, The Antiquarian. Its aims were two-fold; first, to collect and publish as much practical information as possible which might be of interest to members and others in the academic community – recent publications, what research was being undertaken, future events, new appointments, when museums and  buildings of interest were open; second, in a modest way and with a minimal budget, to carry on from the Museum Journal as a forum for shorter but academically-respectable articles, and also longer ones which would be rejected by the Proceedings because they had not been delivered as lectures to the Society.

The amount of material received by the editors of The Antiquarian convinced them that there was a lot of research being conducted which had no outlet. When the then-editor of the Proceedings indicated her intention to retire, the decision was taken to merge the Proceedings and The Antiquarian and to adopt the more descriptive and, it is hoped, more accessible title of Isle of Man Studies. The recent series of The Antiquarian (ISSN 20148-7649) thus ran for only four years (no. 1 Sept. 2009 - no. 8 Spring 2013).  It is hoped to make a digital archive of The Antiquarian available online in due course; in the meantime it is available in the Legal Deposit Libraries, at the Manx Museum Library, Douglas, Isle of Man, and in a number of public libraries in the Isle of Man.

The Society is now / will be issuing as short Newsletter with information on Society events, etc. Most of its contents will also appear either on this site or on the IoMNHAS Facebook page.