Later this month schoolchildren and students will receive the new 2014 ACE card.
The Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) cards provide free entry to all Manx National Heritage (MNH) attractions in school or leisure time for schoolchildren and students, aged 18 and under in full-time education.
Fourteen thousand ACE cards will be delivered to the island’s schools, the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education and home-schooled students within the next few weeks with the support of the Department of Education and Children.
The previous ACE cards will continue be accepted until March 31.
The bold designs on the new cards are those of ACE card design competition winners Heather Black, age 15, from Queen Elizabeth II School, Peel, and Milo Murphy, aged nine, from Kewaigue School.
The designs come with a new Celtic twist to celebrate 2014 as the 150th anniversary of the birth of Archibald Knox, internationally renowned Manx artist and designer for Liberty and Co.
A presentation at both schools with representatives from all three partners took place to award the competition winners with £100 to spend on art supplies for their school and an artist’s gift set.
The runners-up Grace Elliot, from Kewaigue School, and Sahana Balakrishnan from QEII also received prizes.
Timely with the early weekend openings of key MNH attractions, it’s the perfect opportunity for a weekend stroll or a day of discovery with family or friends. The ACE card can be used at Castle Rushen, Peel Castle and The Laxey Wheel which open weekends from tomorrow (Saturday, February 15).
The first weekend opening will be a Free Spring Open Weekend, so all the family can explore for free too.
ll Manx National Heritage sites will open daily from March 29.
Tony Pass, the chairman of the trustees of Manx Museum and National Trust: ‘It is wonderful to see so many young people and local families engaging with the ACE scheme and visiting and valuing their local heritage.
‘I’d also like to congratulate the winners of the ACE design competition.’
The ACE card is supported financially by Lloyds Bank.
Visit here for more information about the ACE card, site opening times and events.
Prize presentation at Queen Elizabeth High School QEII (from left) Tony Pass, Chairman of the Trustees of the Manx Museum and National Trust, winner Heather Black and runner-up Sahana Balkrishnan from QEII and Peter Reid, Island Director Lloyds Bank.