The Manx Aviation and Military Museum has opened a new exhibition which features the Manx people in the First World War. It is the culmination of five years’ research and fills a purpose-built exhibition space at the museum which many visitors liken to Dr Who’s “Tardis”. The exhibition combines the history of the First World War with the personal stories of the brave Manx residents who left their homes to go and fight, some never returning.

Ivor Ramsden, Museum Director states,

“It’s not a place to learn about the big picture of the war; for that you will need to read the history books. Instead, and just like the rest of the museum, it tells the personal stories of the people who were involved. Photographs and personal items bring the displays to life, reminding us that these aren’t just names on war memorials; these were real people like all of us.”

The exhibition contains many artefacts and mementos from the time period, from medals, commemorative tins issued to the servicemen from Princess Mary and postcards sent to the men serving at war. These personal artefacts and their stories are both very moving but also inspiring, and those at the Museum hope to do these servicemen justice by telling the real stories of their time at war.

Open Events for Tourism Trade

The Museum is offering two open events for members of the Tourism Industry on Tuesday 27th February 2018 between 1pm and 5pm, and Thursday 1st March 2018 between 6pm and 9pm. This free event will include guided tours of the exhibition and the museum, as well as some browsing time of your own and light refreshments.

This is a perfect opportunity to see the new exhibit and familiarise yourself with the entire museum experience, which has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor. Here, you will find exhibitions on artefacts from the battlefield, personal anecdotes of the Island at war and even discover the story of the only Manx resident to receive the Victoria Cross for Gallantry, Robert Henry Cain.

Find out more about the Manx Aviation and Military Museum, or to book a place on one of the Industry Open events, plesae email Andrew Burden on


Manx Aviation and Military Museum
Exterior of the Museum

A wide range of exhibits relating the military and aviation history of the Isle of Man and people who served in the Armed Forces both on and off island. Exhibits include a Bandeirante aircraft, the story of the Manx Regiment, the stories and relics of aircraft accidents, a rare self-propelled Bofors gun, and rare and unique items recovered from the Irish Sea. There is also a Memorial Garden including a Memorial to Canadian Servicemen killed on the island during WW II



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