An architecture inspired cycle tour

With the project coming to an end this week (sniff, sniff…), there are no more events in the Isle of Architecture calendar.  However, we wanted to leave you with one last special treat – an architecture inspired cycle tour! If you’ve spent any time on the Isle of Man, you’ll know it’s a bit bike mad […]


#ilovethisbuilding – still time (just) to enter your photograph!

Our #ilovethisbuilding photography competition – in association with Gallery magazine – is well underway but there’s still time to enter. All you need to do is take a photograph, either with a camera or on your phone, caption it #ilovethisbuilding and tell us in up to 100 words why you’ve chosen it, and then send […]

hannah corlett

Interview with Hannah Corlett on #MRWomenToday

Multi-award winning London architect Hannah Corlett returned to the Island on 6th April 6th, to speak about contemporary architecture as part of the Isle of Architecture season. Hannah, who went to school at St Ninians High School, is Founder and Director of London architecture studio ASSEMBLAGE. Key projects for her company have included a major […]


A celebration of democracy from Isle of Architecture

A lunchtime event held in the Tynwald Chamber on 10 April celebrated 150 years of Manx democracy, with a potted history of the building, re-enactments of extracts from speeches and debates, personal anecdotes and music, all brought to you by historian, broadcaster and author Charles Guard and his talented friends. “The Tynwald Chambers have been […]


Architectural I-Spy with Ballaugh School

Twenty-seven Ballaugh School pupils aged 5 to 7 recently played a game of architectural I-spy around Ballaugh village. Armed with clipboards the group looked at numerous buildings, identifying the building materials and possible age. On the site of the railway station, the goods platform and goods shed were spotted, while at the village crossroads comparisons […]

Laxey wheel 1896

Superlative Isle of Man

Did you know the Laxey Wheel is the largest working waterwheel in the world and that Castle Rushen is one of the most complete medieval fortresses in Europe?  As Isle of Man architectural landmarks they’re remarkable – why not visit this summer or take a time-trip through these images on iMuseum:   Laxey Wheel: […]

big draw workshop

Isle of Man Big Draw Workshop

Big Draw is a national festival celebrating drawing. This years focus is on STEAM (Science, technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). Hosted by Kirsten Penzes, a recent graduate of BA Fine Arts from the Isle of Man University College. The free workshop offers the chance for junior students to explore animation and fluorescent technology through rendered drawing […]

Switchback ride, Douglas head

Isle of Man Fairground attractions

The Isle of Man has had a lot of fairground attractions throughout the years some more permanent than the temporary TT fair that visits Douglas Promenade nowadays. The Switchback ride Douglas Head, Circa 1900. The wooden big dipper with metal tracks for cars which were push started. It was part of the fairground on Douglas […]

credit of Paul Dougherty, Tynwald Seneschal

Fancy a wander round the Wedding Cake?

The building that houses the House of Keys and the Legislative Council was originally built as the Bank of Mona in 1855, designed by local architect John Robinson. Due to its unique shape, the building has acquired the nickname of the Wedding Cake. The Bank of Mona folded in 1878 due to the failure of […]


A few words from Martyn Thomas…

It’s great to see #ilovethisbuilding gaining momentum and really interesting to see the range of buildings that people are sharing.  The idea behind the hashtag is a nice simple one.  It’s just a way to ask people to look at the buildings they know, think about a building they like and share a video or […]

Miltown Estate

More about Milntown

Milntown is a country estate based near Glen Auldyn, Ramsey. Dating back to the early 16th century when John McCrystyn, who was a Deemster at the time merged his two estates renaming them Milntown. The McCrystyn family name became written as Christian and during the seventeenth century extensive alterations and additions were made.  After this period […]

Molly Carrooin's Cottage, Onchan

Why I love buildings by Catriona Mackie

Why I love buildings By Catriona Mackie I should perhaps begin with two confessions: firstly, I have a degree in architecture and, secondly, I’m not all that interested in what is usually considered to be proper ‘architecture’.   I’ve never been interested in palaces and cathedrals, in classical ornament, or gothic facades, in finials or […]


Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

We’re really excited about ‘Architecture-on-Sea: The Buildings that made the Seaside’ our forthcoming talk by Dr Kathryn Ferry at the Centenary Centre on 2 March. Kathryn Ferry has a PhD in Architectural History from the University of Cambridge and specialises in the history, culture and buildings of the British seaside. She is an expert on […]


Win a meal for two

Thanks to the generous team at 14 North we are excited to announce your chance to win a delicious three course meal for two with a bottle of wine! Post an original photo or video of your favourite building on the Isle of Man on our Isle of Architecture page using the #ilovethisbuilding before 3pm on […]

Caarjyn Cooidjagh

Choir perform poolside

We couldn’t be more excited to about another special event from our ‘music in unusual spaces’ series. On Saturday 18th February Manx Choir, Caarjyn Cooidjagh, will perform poolside at the Western Swimming Pool, Peel.  The concert will feature a series of water inspired pieces and take full advantage of the building’s acoustics. The performance is inspired […]


‘Pomes’ at the Sailors’ Shelter

Our next event promises to chase away the January blues with an evening of poems, yarns and plenty of laughs in the cosy setting of the Sailors’ Shelter in Peel. Following in the footsteps of Manx literary figures Hall Caine and T.E. Brown, who entertained guests at the Shelter in January 1894, the ‘Manx Bard’, […]

Sod cottage of Mrs Mary Gilrea, Jurby, 1897

An Open Fire (literally)

Christmas time is the time to sit around an open fire and in 1897 in a sod cottage in Jurby it meant just that: In this view the characteristic roof profile of this type of dwelling can be seen, where the domed ridge rises at the chimney end.  There was usually no window and […]

Gaiety Theatre Ironwork

Behind the curtain at the Gaiety Theatre

The Gaiety Theatre originally opened in 1893 as a large pavilion designed by WJ Rennison on the shell of the original Villa Marina. It operated as a music hall, but soon closed down. Frank Matcham was commissioned to redesign the building as a theatre and used builder Jonas Binns of Halifax in association with Alexander […]

BIG DRAW Half Term Workshop

BIG DRAW workshop for kids

Isle of Architecture is super excited to be a part of the world’s largest drawings festival – THE BIG DRAW,  and will be holding a special workshop for children during half term. Hosted by Kirsten Penzes in the beautiful Onchan Village Hall, designed by Baillie Scott, the workshop will teach children a range of creative techniques […]

Jon Bounds and Danny Smith

Manx LitFest host ‘Pier in Review: In search of the Great British Seaside’

As part of this year’s festival and in association with the Queen’s pier restoration trust and Manx Litfest, Authors Jon Bounds and Danny Smith will talk about their road-trip visiting the 55 surviving pleasure piers in England and Wales. Visiting the Queen’s pier in Ramsey to highlight the moves by QPRT to safeguard the Queen’s pier […]


Society of Architects ‘Creative Spaces’ display at MakeMarket

From 12 September to 1 October 10am – 5pm Douglas Market Hall, North Quay What do artists, artisans and start up businesses require from a workspace? How can existing buildings be reused and adapted to meet the needs of these small dynamic groups? This display, curated by the Isle of Man Society of Architects sets […]

Baltic Creative

Discover the essence of creative regeneration at MakeMarket

Tuesday 6 September 2016 – 7:30pm MakeMarket hosts a talk by the Chair of the Baltic Creative, Erika Rushton.  Erika has a wealth of experience in developing and promoting growth within creative and digital industries. She has been instrumental in the renaissance of Liverpool’s Cultural Quarter, creating an exciting new hub for the Arts and Business […]


Have your say on a space to create at this workshop

This workshop co-hosted by SofA, is your chance to collaborate with local architects to create designs for a ‘space for making’. The organisers of MakeMarket are looking for 12/15 representatives from across the creative and digital industries to take part, the materials produced will go on display at the Market Hall during September.  Coffee provided! Saturday […]


Isle of Architecture hosts free building conservation workshop with the IHBC

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) will be visiting the Isle of Man in September, and is offering a free workshop for individuals and community groups in partnership with Isle of Architecture. IHBC is a professional body for building conservation practitioners and experts. It promotes the sustainable reuse of old buildings and views conservation […]


Join MNH for a fascinating guided walk through Douglas

Thursday 11 August 7pm Manx Museum, Douglas Join Andrew Foxon for a guided walk through Douglas to discover more about the development of Douglas in the 19th century and the influence which Governor Loch had in a period of major change on the Isle of Man. Tickets £8 available from the Manx Museum Gallery Shop […]