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Who we are

Manx National Heritage is responsible for protecting and promoting the Isle of Man’s natural and cultural heritage. We are a registered charity and look after some of the Island’s most special places, spaces, archives and museum collections, making these available to people across the world.

Our Statement of Purpose:

“Manx National Heritage exists to take the lead in protecting, conserving, making available and celebrating the Island’s natural and cultural heritage for current and future generations, whilst contributing to the Island’s prosperity and quality of life”.

Our vision:

“Securing the future of our past”

Our constitution:

We were originally created in the 1880’s to research and care for the Ancient Monuments of the Island. Over the years we have added museum, library, archive and art gallery functions to our remit, and in the 1950’s formally became the National Trust for the Isle of Man.

On a day to day basis the Trust operates at ‘arms length’ from Government, however, we do receive Government support, which helps fulfil our statutory functions and contribute to  objectives for the culture, heritage and economy of the Island.

Our Trustees are appointed by Tynwald.  There are up to 15 Trustees, including our Chairperson, who serve five year terms. These are unpaid public appointments. Trustees set the overall direction of the organisation and are accountable to the Manx Community for its performance and effectiveness. As Charity Trustees they also manage donations and bequests to the organisation.

The day to day operations of the Trust are carried out by a team of professional staff. Our team are public servants, employed by the Isle of Man Government, with some appointments funded by our Friends and charitable Trust. We also benefit from economies of scale through access to Government systems and contracts such as insurance, computing and telecommunications.

Increasingly the Trust also benefits from the support of a large team of volunteers and supporters.

Manx National Heritage

  • Are supported by the Isle of Man Government who provide about 75% of the funding for our core activities and some of our capital projects
  • Generate over £1m per year through trading and other commercial activity
  • Are a Charitable Trust, Manx registered charity no 603 existing by statute as the Manx Museum & National Trust
  • Governed by a Board of Trustees who contribute to our work through their expertise and experience

Our Executive Team

Ms Connie Lovel, Executive Director
Mr Steve Blackford, Head of Properties
Mr Gary Lark, Head of Finance & Corporate Services
Miss Kirsty Neate, Head of Professional Services
Head of Public Services (to be appointed)

Our Trustees

Mr Jonathan Hall, Chairman Mr Jonathan Latimer, Trustee
Mr Dave Martin, Vice-Chairman Mr Martyn Perkins, Trustee
Mr Peter Greenhill MLC, Trustee Mr Roger Phillips, Trustee
Mrs Joan Conway, Trustee Mr Keir Powell-Lewis, Trustee
Mr Quintin Gill, Trustee

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