Meet the new curator of Ramsey Heritage Centre

John Cannan, new curator of Ramsey Heritage Centre, Waterloo Road, Ramsey

John Cannan, new curator of Ramsey Heritage Centre, Waterloo Road, Ramsey

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The people of Ramsey and the north, in common with the rest of the island, made a great contribution and significant sacrifice in the First World War.

Ramsey Heritage Centre’s newly-appointed curator, John Cannan, is putting together an exhibition about those people and how their lives were affected by the war.

‘If anyone has family pictures or memorabilia from that time that they would be willing to lend to us, we would be extremely interested to hear from them,’ said John. ‘All contributions would be acknowledged and, of course, returned at the end of the exhibition.

‘We are able to scan photos and documents so would be happy to take copies and return originals.’

You can contact John on 453484 or email or visit

To speak to John in person, you will find him at the Centre, Quayle’s Hall (next door to the tram station), which is open for the summer from 10 am - 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

John, 57, was educated at the Dhoon School and King William’s College and had a long career in banking.

He and his wife Irene live on Queen’s Promenade, Ramsey – almost next door to the original Midwood Studio. He has many interests, including bowls, and is treasurer of North Ramsey Bowling Club.

He has strong links with the town, as his maternal grandfather, Johnny Callister, and great-uncle Bill Corkill ran the smithy in Albert Street. His paternal grandfather, Tommy Cannan, was station master at Ramsey MER depot.

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