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Council to reveal rare vintage aerial views of Douglas as part of MNH Open Day programme

Friday, 25 September 2015 15:27

A digitised presentation of rare glass negatives showing aerial views of Douglas in 1935 will be on display at Douglas Town Hall on Friday October 9 and Saturday October 10 when Douglas Borough Council takes part in Manx National Heritage’s open day programme for the fourth successive year.


AZoomed in Ship on harbour photo


A project commissioned by the Council in 1935, the views provide a fascinating record of how the capital once looked, and show Douglas and its outskirts at a time before the Pulrose and Anagh Coar housing developments were built. Such is the detail and clarity of the negatives that individual people can be seen in the Villa Marina Gardens and the congregation at an open-air service in Braddan, even individual houses can be easily discerned.


 ADouglas Town Photo


Along with the glass negatives presentation visitors will be able to view the magnificent interior of the Council chamber and learn about the stories behind some of the artwork, artifacts and ceremonial items housed in the building which has served as the capital’s Town Hall since 1900.


 ADouglas promenade 1935


The Council chamber, Mayor’s parlour and Committee room of Douglas Town Hall will be open to the general public on Friday October 9 and Saturday October 10 from 11am to 2pm. Entrance is free.


The Manx National Heritage open day programme offers open access or guided tours to properties, lands and displays usually closed to the public or charge admission.


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