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


  • New Generation 20 Church Road Port Erin IM9 6AQ

300+ ten year Manx shopfront comparisons

With the addition of Laxey and Port Erin to the “ten years on” project, we now have over 300 comparisons of shops and their workers in the project which began in 2011 in Peel recording

  • Clerk of Port Erin Commissioners, 2012

Port Erin 2012: Ten years on

Great news that Port Erin have joined the project and will be photographed again this summer and will become the third place with a longitudinal element to the photography.

Funding has been approved by Port Erin


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