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On Saturday 18 May, Lancaster University are offering a full day study devoted to the maritime history and heritage of the Isle of Man. Speakers include Allison Fox and Christopher Weeks of Manx National Heritage and Andrew Choong of National Maritime Museum Greenwich.

Surrounded by the Irish Sea, it is no wonder that the Isle of Man takes pride in its rich maritime heritage. In its 10,000 year history, this small island has seen traders and raiders, mythological sea gods and day-tripping tourists. From its Celtic and Viking past to the current celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the people of this unique island live by and with the sea.

This full-day study event will look at ‘All at Sea’, an exhibition organised by Manx National Heritage, celebrating the Island’s rich maritime history. It will cover efforts to preserve the 18th century yacht ‘Peggy’  and will explore ‘Unpath’d Waters’, a national project promoting new research into maritime history and, with it, fresh insights into shipwrecks in Manx waters.

From saving lives in peril on the sea to uncovering the stories of the shipwrecks that lay beneath it, this event charts a course from the past to the future, shining a spotlight on why maritime heritage matters to the people, places and identity of the island.

9.30 a.m. Assemble Library events space rear of ground floor (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase on campus*)

10.00 – 11.00 Session 1 All at Sea: an exhibition exploring the maritime heritage of the Isle of Man and two hundred years of the RNLI – Allison Fox, Manx National Heritage

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee/tea & biscuits

11.30-12.30 Session 2 Navigating Our Way Through Unpath’d Waters – Andrew Choong Han Lin, Curator National Maritime Museum Greenwich

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch*

1.30 – 2.30 Session 3 The Peggy of Castletown: an Intact Eighteenth Century Racing Yacht Christopher Weeks, Conservation Manager, Manx National Heritage

2.30 – 3.00 Tea/coffee & biscuits

3.00 – 4.00 Session 4 The press gang in and around the Isle of Man (1750-1815) David Kneale, independent scholar

4.00p.m. Close of study day

Event venue:  Library Exhibitions and Events Space, Lancaster, Lancashire, United Kingdom, LA1 4YG

Event Contact Details:


Ann-Marie Michel



Bookings link

Tickets cost £28.  All bookings via Lancaster University using the above link.  Travel from the Isle of Man not included.  This event is organised by Lancaster University, is fully live and will not be recorded.