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 What collections are on iMuseum?

iMuseum gives you free and growing online access to parts of the Manx National Heritage Museum Collections, Manx National Heritage Library & Archives and the Isle of Man Sites & Monuments Record.  Listed alphabetically, that’s search access to objects, items, sites and monuments from:

What family history resources are on iMuseum?

There are now many resources for discovering family histories on the Isle of Man on iMuseum, largely name indexes to archives held in the Manx National Heritage Library & Archives.  More of these resources are added every year to iMuseum and advertised on the Collections Blog.  To get you started, below is a simple list of the main Isle of Man family history name indexes now on iMuseum which you can search by clicking on People.

  • Baptisms, 1600-1920
  • Marriages, 1589-1920
  • Burials, 1601-1920
  • Census for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1891, 1901, 1911
  • Registered Deeds, 1847-1910
  • Castle Rushen Gaol Registers, 1825-1891
  • First World War Internees
  • Second World War Women Internees (women only born before 1 January 1919)
  • War Memorials

There are also images of people from the Photographic Archive which is well worth exploring to see if there is a photograph of your family history member.  And of course don’t forget to search the Isle of Man Newspapers (1792-1960) as they contain countless names.  Having problems doing your family history?  Genealogical Research Services on the Isle of Man and other helpful hints on doing family history on the Isle of Man, including other sources held in the Isle of Man Government’s Civil Registry and Public Record Office are listed in Sources for Family History.  Birth, marriage or death certificates are only obtainable from the Isle of Man Government’s Civil Registry.  Images of some of the Island’s parish registers in our archive collections are now accessible online at Family Search  Search Tip: use a double apostrophe (just like a Google search) if you want to search on a specific name.

How do I search for images on iMuseum?

If you want to just look through all the images on iMuseum then just click Explore Our Images on the homepage.  For images from the Photographic Archive go to Archives and in Advanced Search select ‘Photographic Archive’ as Collection and then enter your search.  For images from the Art Collection go to Museum and in Advanced Search select a Collection (e.g. Art Collection) and then enter your search.

Is iMuseum growing?

Yes, more and more collections are published to iMuseum every month and advertised on the Collections Blog.  iMuseum FAQs would be far too long (and never complete) if we tried to talk about all the thousands of collections and indexes that are now either on or making their way to iMuseum.  So, if you’ve a question about any aspect of iMuseum, big or small, then easiest and simplest thing is to email us with ‘iMuseum’ in the Subject to:  We look forward to hearing from you.

How do I feedback or suggest improvements to iMuseum?

We really value all your feedback on iMuseum, especially how we can make it better.  Maybe you’ve an idea for what collections you’d like to see next or you just want to know more about what’s coming next for iMuseum.  It’s easy to feedback, just send an email with ‘iMuseum’ in the Subject to

How do I subscribe to Newspapers & Publications?

Just follow the guidance on the registration pages of the Isle of Man Government’s Online Services registration pages.  Taking out a subscription gives you online access from anywhere, along with limitless downloads of articles or newspapers.  Subscription rates are: 24 hour: £7.00; 7 day: £10.00; 30 day: £30.00; 365 day: £100.00.  Requests can be made for reduced subscription rates by emailing the Director of Manx National Heritage at

Who do I query about Newspapers & Publications subscription?

If you’ve a query about accessing or logging into your personal online services account or you’ve forgotten your password or user name, then please contact the Online Services Helpdesk directly by emailing or telephoning +44 (0)1624 686111 (between 09:00hrs and 17:00 hrs Monday to Friday, excluding local public and bank holidays).  Click to read terms and conditions of use.

Can I download images, text or newspaper articles for personal or social media use?

Yes, if its for your own, non-commercial personal use you’re welcome to copy and save images, text or articles you find on iMuseum.  You can share what you find on iMuseum by using social media short-cuts at the top of each record or if you prefer to copy the image to Facebook then we ask you include the url to iMuseum or the words ‘Courtesy of Manx National Heritage’ so others can track where the image or article came from.

How do I license images on iMuseum for commercial use?

Images on iMuseum are available to license through Bridgeman Images.  If you find an image on iMuseum that is not currently available to license through Bridgeman Images then email and we will find out if the image can be made available to license.  Read our Collections Licensing & Reproduction Policy.

How is copyright & IPR (intellectual property rights) handled on iMuseum?

Reasonable due diligence is undertaken by Manx National Heritage to ensure copyright and intellectual property rights are respected in line with Isle of Man legislation (Isle of Man Copyright Act 1991 and the Copyright (Amendment) Regulations 2013).  If you believe that you own the copyright in any of the content on iMuseum and we have not recognised you as the copyright owner and/ or you believe that we do not have permission to publish the content, please contact us and we will investigate within 30 days.  While we are investigating, we may temporarily remove the content in question.  If we agree that you are the copyright owner, we will work with you to find a solution agreeable to you, or we will take the relevant part of the content in question off-line permanently.