A new exhibition at Rushen Heritage Centre takesvisitors back in time to revisit some of the iconic tourist attractions in the south of the Island.

‘Summer Holidays in the South’, which opened this week and runs until Saturday, June 1, features many old photographs and memories from the golden age of Manx tourism, focusing on the parish of Rushen.

The Centre, in Bridson Street, Port Erin is run by Rushen Heritage Trust and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am-4.00pm.

The exhibition was curated by long-time RHT volunteer Sylvia Jarrett, with assistance from RHT Board member Ali Graham.

Sylvia was part of the team that organised some of the Trust’s early major exhibitions, which focused on different aspects of tourism in Rushen.

She said: ‘We wanted to revisit the photographs and stories we gathered at the time, as well as adding new information too.  The photographs and stories are rich treasures that we want to share with as many people as possible. They cover just about every aspect of tourism in the parish, including Traie Meanagh baths, Bradda Head golf course, deck chairs on Chapel Beach, and the four famous cafes – The Sound, Druid’s Circle, The Chasms, and Smokey Joe’s.

‘There is so much wonderful history on show, and most people from around the Island will either have their own memories of tourism in Rushen, or their parents and grandparents will have told them stories. If you have any photographs or stories that you would like to share with us, please do call in and let us know – we have space to exhibit more.’

Rushen Heritage Trust, which is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, would like to thank Gough Ritchie Charitable Trust for its support towards this season’s exhibitions.

A list of the other exhibitions to mark in your diary:

  • The Art of Wild – June 4-July 13
  • Manx Grand Prix & 150th Anniversary of Port Erin Steam Railway Line – July 16-August 24
  • Milner: The Man & The Tower – August 27-October 5
  • Rollage ny Twoaie: Renovating a Tholtan – October 8-November 2

Run by volunteers, Rushen Heritage Centre features a series of exhibitions each season, acts as a visitor information centre in collaboration with Visit Isle of Man, and sells Rushen Heritage Trust books and merchandise. It also sells RHT greetings cards featuring scenes from around Rushen, and a selection of other books and maps relating to Rushen.

For more about Rushen Heritage Centre, contact RHT Coordinator John Quirk at rushenht@gmail.com or on 464634.