Manx National Heritage are running two weekends of Heritage Open Days this year. One from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October and the second from Friday 6th October to Sunday 8th October. These events are free and offer you the chance to access some of the more unusual or less publically accessible historic sites across the island in the company of experts who can tell you all about them.
There are numerous events scheduled for this year from walking tours of the World War II civilian internment camps in Douglas to twilight tours of Castle Rushen with MNH Director Edmund Southworth. There is a chance to tour Government House and the Parliamentary buildings for those with an interest in politics and architecture. There is also a Douglas Pub Walk which will reveal the history of some of Douglas’ pubs! Details of all the events are available via the MNH website, by clicking here.
Followers of the Round Mounds project might particularly enjoy the tour of Balladoole on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September with MNH curator Allison Fox. Balladoole is home to a chapel, a Viking boat burial, spectacular views, and an Iron Age site! More significantly for the project it is also home to some Bronze Age burials that Michelle will be examining the bones from later this month.
We also think that the tour of Knock-e-Dhooney in Andreas will be really fascinating. This tour is run by Dave Martin who has provided invaluable help and support to the Round Mounds project. Knock-e-Dhooney is home to a keeil and an impressive Viking ship burial and Dave is a great tour guide!
Michelle and I will also be participating in the Heritage Open Days on Sunday 8th October. We will be running a family event hunting for the round mounds in Archallagan plantation. Keen blog readers might remember that we carried out geophysics outside of the plantation and have blogged before about the 1860s maps and LiDAR images of the area. We will be showing participants the geophysics results from our work and then setting them off with an 1860s map into the plantation to hunt for the traces of the remaining mounds in between the trees. Our event has limited places and requires booking to take part. To book your place please follow this link.
Check out our Archallagan blog here.