Documenting places and people over time…

This project is unique in the Isle of Man, and perhaps the world, in creating systematic and comprehensive photographic records of businesses and the people who work in them in whole towns and villages, and preserving them carefully for future generations to enjoy.

We have now also added a longitudinal dimension to the project and “Ten years on” photographic comparisons are now available for Peel, Laxey, Port Erin and Port St Mary.

And Ballasalla has joined the project in 2023 for its first survey.

We are grateful especially to Culture Vannin who contributed to all the “ten years on” projects. In addition, for individual projects, we had support from:

Peel Commissioners, Peel Heritage Trust, Corlett Bolton & Co; Garff Commissioners; Port Erin Commissioners, Visit Port Erin, Port St Mary CommissionersManx Ocean, and Malew Parish Commissioners.

We celebrate the foresight of all these groups in contributing to the recording of social and economic change in our local communities, which will be appreciated for generations to come.

Peel ten years on
Laxey ten years on
Port Erin ten years on
Port St Mary ten years on
Ballasalla 2023


MSF on tour

Whilst attending a family wedding in Thailand at Christmas I was struck by the number and character of hardware shops in Bangkok’s Chinatown. Obviously lacking our usual rigour, completeness, and inclusion of people in the

  • Manx Shop Fronts logo

Next phase for Manx Shop Fronts

Following on from the completion of the “ten years on” projects for Peel, Laxey, Port Erin and Port St Mary, Manx Shop Fronts is looking to

  • The Whitestone at the centre of Ballasalla


Ballasalla is the latest addition to ManxShopFronts.com and we hope marks just the beginning of a new phase following on from the completion of the “ten


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