Rushen Heritage Trust all set to launch

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Friday will be a momentous day for the new Rushen Heritage Trust – The Beautiful South, because it sees the group’s official launch at Port St Mary Town Hall.

The launch, chaired by Rushen MHK Juan Watterson, will have a short introduction from the trust’s heritage manager, Graham Hall, who was appointed in June.

Trustee, Professor Hugh Davidson, said: ‘Graham has only been in place for six weeks but it’s incredible what he has accomplished so far. The project has already gained great momentum.’

All are welcome to the launch, which starts at 7pm with refreshments and includes a presentation, exhibitions and videos.

There will also be an exhibition by the Southern Photographic Society showing Port St Mary Then and Now, 1979 and Today. Cine film will be running, also on a Then and Now theme, and there will be video footage of Culture Vannin’s tour of Cregneash. The display will include the 1931 winner of the Kodak Best in the World photograph competition - a shot of a woman sitting on Bradda Head - which triumphed out of three million entries that year. The picture was taken at 9pm in July 1931, but organisers are interested to know if anyone knows the actual date.

Professor Davidson said the trust was taking a different approach from the traditional permanent museum, instead staging a programme of ‘Pop-up’ museums and events in different locations. Content will evolve, much use will be made of IT and volunteer HATs (semi-autonomous heritage action teams) are to lead activities, focusing on various topics such as the the built environment and Manx language and culture. During this week, people are being asked to take photographs recording a week in the life of Rushen.

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