Manx Museum Library and Archives: Revised Opening Times

From 1 August 2017 the Library and Archives Reading Room at the Manx Museum will be open between Wednesday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm.  The hours differ from those of the Manx Museum and so researchers and enquirers are advised and encouraged to plan their research visits accordingly.

This alteration in opening hours will enable the library team to work behind the scenes on cataloguing, collections care and delivering occasional Tuesday sessions for pre-booked groups on various topics.  From Wednesday to Saturday the team will continue to provide expert support to researchers and visitors.    

Over recent years assorted digitised newspapers and photographs have been released to iMuseum (, thereby providing an alternative and out-of-hours route to accessing our Library and Archives’ collections.  In addition, iMuseum hosts descriptions of our printed matter and selected manuscript deposits. 

In response to researchers wanting to know more about what is held in the Library and Archives, the new opening hours will allow more time to be given to cataloguing.  It will also enable us to increase and improve what we make available on iMuseum and improve finding aids to collections in the Reading Room.
The collections include printed, manuscript, photographic, cartographic and multimedia resources.  These have been amassed during the past century to help shed light on the history and culture of the Isle of Man.  As well as holding ecclesiastical, business, and some governmental records, our repository stores archives of archaeological excavations, societies, authors and private families.  Among these are the exceptional papers of the Dukes of Atholl and Earls of Derby relating to their former rule of the Island and the papers of the Quayle family of Bridge House, Castletown.

Our library team welcomes thousands of visitors to our Reading Room each year.  We look forward to supporting your future research about the Isle of Man.

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