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Arts and crafts in Isle of Man

Isle of Man (including Castletown, Douglas, Laxey, Onchan, Peel, Port Erin, Port St Mary and Ramsey )It has a population of around 85,000 and covers approximately 57,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway, Lancashire.

County flag of Isle of ManThe Isle of Man is an island in the Irish Sea, situated between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and since the 18th century has been a British Crown Dependency. There is evidence of human settlement dating back thousands of years, such as Neolithic monuments and Iron Age hill forts. The history and culture of the island was shaped by Celtic and Norse influences and the Vikings established Tynwald over a thousand years ago, making it what is believed to be the oldest continuously running parliament in the world. The picturesque coastline has miles of sandy beaches and popular activities include sailing, diving, walking, cycling and motor sports, with events such as the famous Isle of Man TT.

The Manx Museum houses collections reflecting the islands heritage, including natural history, Viking and medieval artefacts, social history and works of art. Built during the medieval period Castle Rushen in the town of Castletown, is well preserved and visitors can walk through rooms furnished and decorated to recreate a sense of life in the castle centuries ago. Other attractions in the Isle of Man include the Grove Museum of Victorian Life in Ramsey, The National Folk Museum at Cregneash, the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas, the ruins of Peel Castle, Summerhill Glen and Milntown House, which is set among beautiful gardens and woodlands.

Rayner Hoff

(Born 1894 in Isle of Man), Sculpture

He is best known for his scultural relief work on the ANZAC War Memorial in Sydney.