Isle of Man Natural History & Antiquarian Society


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All lectures are held in the Manx Museum Lecture Theatre, Kingswood Grove, Douglas, and start at 2:30 pm (with the exception of the AGM on 24 March 2018 which starts at 2:00 p.m.), and are followed by tea.


Saturday 21 October
Dr Jill Barber
Letters from the Trenches, 1918
A joint event between IOMNHAS and the Manx Methodist Historical Society

The Director of the Museum of Primitive Methodism at Englesea Brook will give an illustrated address on the experiences of a Manxman, the Revd. Wilfrid Callin, as a Chaplain in the First World War trenches, as told by a remarkable archive over 100 of his letters home to family in Douglas. 

Saturday 11 November
Dr Tim Graham 
Nature Conservation Moving Forward in the 21st Century

The CEO of the Manx Wildlife Trust will explore what nature conservation is, or should be moving towards, to be successful.  His talk will consider issues of scale, value,  achieving impact and also explore some new and old visions for nature, posing some difficult questions while examining what this means for the Isle of Man.

Saturday 2 December
Edmund Southworth, Director Manx National Heritage
Understanding Castle Rushen: 800 years of development

In the wake of a Conservation Management Plan for this most complete Island monument, this talk will review the complex sequence of construction and change in its historical context.  It will also look at current issues faced by Manx National Heritage associated with maintenance, access and presentation.



Saturday 20 January
Dr Peter Davey
Rushen Abbey in the 12th Century:  when, where and why?

The results of the excavations carried out at the Abbey between 1998 and 2008 are now in the process of being assessed.  They have thrown much new light on many aspects of the Abbey’s plan and history, not least on the controversial question of the date and place of its origin.  The lecture will present some of the new evidence from the Island’s most important monastery and discuss how this affects understanding of the 12th century Manx scene as a whole.

Saturday 3 February
Marie Weale BSc (Hons)
The Bones of Rushen Abbey

Marie Weale is a Human Osteologist with interests in Palaeopathology, Juveniles and Medical History.   She will give a broad insight into the people of Rushen Abbey, the burials and diseases they suffered from and focus on one specific skeleton.  The remains of Skeleton C were excavated in 1927 by W.C. Cubbon and displayed as those of King Olaf II (AD1226-1237) for a significant time in the Rushen Abbey Museum.  New research has attempted to identify if these remains are of the Viking king by using current osteological methods, radiocarbon dating, isotope analysis and funerary archaeology.

Saturday 24 March at 2.00 pm
Annual General Meeting, followed by
Presidential Address:  Dave Martin
A Digital Community?  Opportunities for the Island

Illustrated by the achievements of local volunteers, Dave Martin will tell of ways in which modern tools and techniques are not only allowing non-invasive study of Manx history and archaeology, but also how they are opening exciting opportunities for community involvement and how technology is making this information accessible, not just to those here on the Island, but worldwide.


Annual Subscriptions are due on 1st March 2018 – individual reminders will be sent