Newly open! And now open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm until 31st October. From 2022 we will open 1st May.
Rushen Heritage Centre is the red building on Bridson Street. You can see it from the Railway Station, at the heart of “The Beautiful South”, mainly covering heritage of Port Erin, Port St Mary, Colby. Its the focal point of Rushen Heritage Trust, which exists to preserve & celebrate our local heritage, build tomorrows’, and welcome/ inform visitors.
Its the local Visitor Information Point for Rushen, staffed by knowledgeable, friendly and helpful volunteers. They will be happy to tell you about the many local attractions, and to answer any questions.
This Centre also runs five different exhibitions of local heritage every year, each covering a different topic for six weeks. So you can never say about our Centre “I’ve done that – no point in going back”, because we rotate our exhibitions frequently, and love repeat visitors.
The topics we cover include History of Tourism – Port Erin was one big holiday camp in the 1920s to 1970s with many big hotels & much dancing; WW2 Womens’ Internment – Rushen Camp was the only one for women in Europe in WW2; the natural and built environment; fishing, the sea and shipwrecks; landmarks like the famous Milner Tower on Bradda Head, the controversy over the Cosy Nook, St Catherine’s Terrace where Port Erin began; on your way to Bradda, look for Collinsons, with amazing views where Tea Dances were held on a sprung dance floor, and Bradda Glen Cafe, with a fascinating history; the remains of the ambitious Breakwater destroyed by storms in the 1880s; and the site of former Port Erin Marine Biological Laboratory, where many important discoveries were made.
This Centre has just been built, converted from a 1960’s Bus Shelter due for demolition, now enjoying a new life in the community. First day open is Tuesday, 29th June 2021, then Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm until 31st October. From 2022 we will open 1st May. We look forward to seeing you.