The Manx Museum and National Trust was originally set up in the 19th century by the Isle of Man’s Parliament, Tynwald, to look after the Islands archaeological sites. The organisation is supported by the Isle of Man Government and Trustees are appointed by Tynwald. On a day to day basis the Trust operates at “arms length” but has close relationships with Government Departments, in particularly with the Department of Economic Development. The Trust also has charitable status and works closely with other voluntary sector bodies such as the Manx Wildlife Trust.
There are up to 15 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.