(UK) Isle of Man Museum Online Newspaper Archives to Remain Free Permanently #unitedkingdom #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



The Isle of Man Museum online newspaper archive will remain free permanently.  The archive contains more than 400,000 pages of newspaper print dating from 1792 to 1960.  During the COVID-19 outbreak the subscription service was temporarily suspended by the Manx National Heritage. There are now plans to digitize more contemporary newspapers, subject to fundraising for the £270,000 project, covering the years 1961 to 2020.  The collection can be accessed through the iMuseum at: https://www.imuseum.im/search/archive/

To access the entire website go to: https://www.imuseum.im/  For more information see: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-53854114


The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The Isle of Man was a base for alien civilian internment camps in both the First World War (1914–18) and the Second World War (1939–45) During World War I the British government interned male citizens of the Central Powers, principally Germany, Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Turkey. They were held mainly in internment camps at Knockaloe, close to Peel, and a smaller one near Douglas.


During World War II the Isle of Man was used as the primary site for the internment of civilian enemy aliens, both male and female. The camps were predominantly in commandeered hotels and boarding houses in seaside towns on the island. Around the camps for males, barbed wire fences were erected. The camps were in operation from 27 May 1940 to 5 September 1945. The largest recorded number of internees on the island was 10,024, reached in August 1940. There were ten camps on the island:


    Mooragh Camp, Ramsey

    Peveril Camp, Peel

    Onchan Camp, Onchan

    Rushan Camp, Port St Mary and Port Erin (for female and family internees only)

    Central Camp, Douglas

    Palace Camp, Douglas

    Metropole Camp, Douglas

    Hutchinson Camp, Douglas

    Granville Camp, Douglas

    Sefton Camp, Douglas


Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_concentration_and_internment_camps#Isle_of_Man


The Isle of Man Museum website includes photographic evidence of people interned there during World War 1 and  WW11.  There are about 52,283 WW11 internment Images and for World War 1 69,725 results.. For “Jewish” alone 128 results appeared

Go to: http://www.imuseum.im/

To read their blog about this collection see: http://www.imuseum.im/?p=411



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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