If you have objects and possessions in your home which you’d like to find out more about, then help is at hand at a special event next week.
Curators from Manx National Heritage will be at the iMuseum at Kingswood Grove, Douglas,between 10am and 7pm on Thursday (May 16) to solve your mysteries.
As well as paintings, curiosities and treasures, the curators will also help identify natural history items such as fossils, plants and insects, plus any artefacts that may be archaeological.
Valuations will not be given, but staff will aim to identify items, and if they can’t help directly then they can point people in the right direction as well as offering guidance on storage and conservation of precious items.
Curator of social history Matthew Richardson said: ‘Identification of objects is a service which Manx National Heritage is happy to offer. We have a huge range of expertise among our professional staff, covering a number of different disciplines.
‘If we don’t immediately know what an artefact or creature is, we can usually make an educated guess which leads us in the right direction – perhaps to another specialist museum.’
He added: ‘Last year when we ran this event we saw quite a range of things, from paintings to ceramics, and even some fossils.
‘I’m hoping that we see even more variety this year, and it would be great if people brought in for identification bugs or beetles which they may have found in the garden.’
The event is free, but donations are welcome to the Manx Museum and National Trust.