Who we are

Manx National Heritage is an Isle of Man registered charity (no. 603) and the statutory heritage agency for the Isle of Man. 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.

Our Statement of Purpose is:

“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”.


On a day to day basis the Trust operates at ‘arms length’ from Government. It is a Manx Registered Charity but is partly financially supported by Government because it has a range of statutory functions and contributes to Government objectives for the culture and heritage of the Island. Trustees are appointed by Tynwald.

There are up to 11 Trustees 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
Mrs Gaynor Haxby, Head of Public Services
Mr Gary Lark, Head of Finance & Corporate Services
Miss Kirsty Neate, Head of Professional Services

Our Trustees

Mr Jonathan Hall, Chairman Mr Malcolm Kelly, Trustee
Mr Peter Greenhill MLC, Trustee Mrs Joan Conway, Trustee
Mr Phil Gawne, Trustee Dr Catriona Mackie, Trustee
Mr Dave Martin, Vice-Chairman Mr Mark Shimmin, Trustee
Mrs Jennie Thompson, Trustee Mr John Watt, Trustee
Ms Eva Wisemark, Trustee

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