Western Photographic Society Interprets Manx Heritage & Culture

– Posted on Friday 13th January 2017

A pop-up exhibition of photographic prints opens at the Manx Museum on Saturday 14th January. The exhibition showcases the work of the Western Photographic Society and is hosted by Manx National Heritage as part of the You Exhibit programme of exhibitions.

Hannah Murphy, Assistant Curator at Manx National Heritage, said:

“Manx National Heritage makes selected spaces available for exhibitions by community groups and individuals. In 2014 we launched ‘You Exhibit’, an application process which provides opportunity for participation from local communities, bringing people’s skills and ideas to our sites and presenting Manx identity and heritage to visitors.”

Patricia Tutt, Secretary of the Western Photographic Society, said:

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to show our work within a community space at the Manx Museum. As the exhibition is based around the theme of the Island’s heritage and culture, it is a particularly appropriate setting. 

 Images include landscapes and seascapes; archaeology, buildings and their interiors, traditional activities and events, industry and natural history – all of them Manx. Some of the photographs are up to 50 years old, chosen from our personal archives; others were taken as recently as last year. 

 We are a friendly Society, meeting weekly between September and May, and occasionally in the summer for organised outings. Newcomers; whether beginners, old hands, or non-participants, are welcomed. We are particularly keen to welcome new junior and younger members.”

 The Western Photographic Society was founded in 1979. Based in Peel, it has Island-wide membership. Members compete in inter-club competitions, and individually in international salons. The Society is affiliated to the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU). The Society meets upstairs in the Legion Club, Peel on Thursday evenings at 8 pm. For further information, please contact or visit

The exhibition is on display at the Manx Museum, Douglas, until Saturday 25th February. Admission is free. A selection of members’ prints and cards will be available to purchase at the Manx Museum Gallery Shop.

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