Two short sections of former Cable Tramway Cable were unearthed at the bottom of Broadway in Douglas recently. Given that the Tramway closed on 19 August 1929, these cables have been buried for 91 years. The superb co-operation of Auldyn Construction has allowed these relics to be preserved. The Museum has one of the original Cable Tramway trams in it's collection.
On Wednesday 31st October Jurby Transport Museum opened its doors to over 400 people all eager to celebrate a traditional Manx Hop tu Naa…with a Jurby Transport twist!
With the kind support of Year of Our Island, the Museum was able to provide the children with spooky face painting, close up magic from local magician Dan Bonett, refreshments and even a Hop tu Naa treasure hunt, the winner of which received a big bag of Hop tu Naa treats!
Children and adults were also able to hollow out their turnips thanks to expert Moot carvers John Dog and Juan Callister. Although a few of Bry Rad’s kohlrabis snuck in there was a strict no pumpkin policy and children were encouraged to take part in the Culture Vannin and IoM Post, decorated turnip competition once they had completed their design.
As well as all these Hop tu Naa treats, adults and children were also able to ‘hop on the Hop tu Naa bus’, kindly provided by Bus Vannin for the day and driven by our ghostly jester Richard Cranmer. The ghostly bus completed a short trip down Summerhill Road and Sandygate back to the Jurby Transport Museum much to the delight of the brave Hop tu Naa travellers.
At the end of the afternoon, organiser Jo Callister and Dr Chloe Woolley from Culture Vannin gathered the children - and some enthusiastic adults - to dance the traditional hop tu naa dance around the Museum as a fitting end to the days celebrations.
Everyone agreed it was a complete success with excellent feedback and it is set to become an annual event.
Jo Callister said, “The Museum is run by volunteers and relies on donations and contributions from Charitable Trusts so the £550 raised by todays event will be incredibly helpful.
It is important to celebrate our traditional Manx hop tu naa customs such as singing, dancing and turnip carving but everyone managed it and most left with hard earned blisters!
It was great that everyone fully embraced the day by dressing up in spooky costumes and once they had their faces painted by the amazing Kim Sumner they all looked brilliant!
Hopefully see you all there next year for more of the same!”
Jurby Transport Museum were well represented at Douglas Carnival.
A big thanks to Anaghcoar school for providing us with brilliant pictures of the school children to decorate the buses. With all the red, yellow and white decorations the buses were a great site!
A lovely review from "A Mummy's Guide" - was great to see the kids having such good fun!
Today, several museum vehicles took part in the annual New Years day drive out. This year we were joined by two superb classic cars from the forthcoming Isle of Man Motor Museum. The drive took us to Ramsey and back before being very kindly treated to a bowl of very nice mushroom soup at the Guard House Restaurant at Jurby by Denis Cunningham and his staff ·
Phtographs can be found on the Jurby Transport Museum Facebook page here:
Earlier this month saw the first Douglas Carnival for over fifteen years, it also marked the 100th anniversary of Douglas Corporation Transport – and what better way to mark the event than a parade of buses new and old representing a wide range of operators and manufacturers dating from the early 20th century to the modern day.
The Jurby Transport Museum was represented by three vehicles. Taking part from the Museum were Douglas Corporation Guy Otter UTU 597J (11) and Isle of Man Transport Alexander bodied Leyland Atlantean PDR2/1 MAN-3432 (48) – new to Merseyside PTE with the fleet number 1235 – and Leyland Olympian BMN-64-V (64) which was painted in the Douglas Corporation Transport livery to commemorate the anniversary of the foundation of DCT.
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A vintage red telephone box is the latest arrival at the Jurby Transport Museum. The box, donated by Manx Telecom, dates back to the 1950s and was originally located at Castle Green in Castletown.
Professor Roger Carey, Secretary of the Manx Transport Trust which runs Jurby Transport Museum, thanked Manx Telecom for the donation. He said work would soon commence on restoring the box to its former glory. The first stage will be for it to be grit blasted in preparation for reglazing and painting. Professor Carey said:
“After this the box will then be completely refitted as a “Press button A”, “Press button B” phone box. This is the equipment that would have been installed when it was new. The parts for this refurbishment have been located and we now have to raise about £1,500 for the purchase of these parts and shipment to the Island. We are confident that the fully restored phone box will be installed on our “Roadway” – itself still in the development stage – by Easter 2012.”
The Roadway project at Jurby Transport Museum aims to recreate an authentic Manx street scene using a vintage vehicle and road furniture. It will be based around a cable car which used to run in Douglas from what is now the horse tram terminus by the Sea Terminal, past Tynwald and onto Broadway. Professor Carey says it is the only cable car of its type outside San Francisco, and the plan is to position the red phone box on a roadway at the museum created for the cable car.
Once the restoration of the phone box is completed one of the glass window panels will feature a ‘thank you’ message to Manx Telecom in recognition of the donation. The origins of the original red telephone box design go back to the 1920s when the Royal Fine Art Commission launched a competition. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s cast iron design was chosen and became a British icon with its bright red livery and featuring the monarch’s Crown under its domed roof. In 2010 The Observer included Scott’s red telephone box design in a list of Britain’s 10 best public works of art.