iMuseum iMuseum page description goes here

Search of iMuseum

Remembering the Palace & Derby Castle Company

Posted on 18.12.2015

I’ve just returned from a lovely reminiscence afternoon at a Douglas care home with one of our memory boxes on the theme of ‘Entertainment and Leisure’. The box is full of fabulous artefacts and archives from our collections – including a selection of playbills and leaflets from the Palace Ballroom and Derby Castle in the 1950s and 1960s.

I was delighted to discover during the session that one of the residents had spent over twenty years working for the Palace and Derby Castle Company as accounts manager. I was even more delighted to hear that he had arranged the donation of over 30 boxes of company archives to MNH Archives when the company finally disbanded.  By coincidence I had just met the very man whose donation ensured we have rich and fascinating information about this major player in the Manx tourist heyday – what a treat for me!

PG-3773

The Palace Ballroom, Douglas, c.1904. To zoom-in on this image take a look at the full record on iMuseum: PG/3773

PG-7115-12Palace Company Staff 1956

The Palace Company Staff, 1956. To zoom-in on this image take a look at the full record on iMuseum: PG/7115/12

This wonderful gentleman entertained me and other residents with tales of his career at the Palace and Derby Castle Company – which included meeting all the stars of the day including the Rolling Stones, Stella Hartley, Hilda Baker, Ronnie Aldrich and many more. He also had a number of humorous and somewhat scandalous tales that I won’t share here…but might share at further reminiscence sessions!

PG-9208

Derby Castle, Douglas, late 19th century. To zoom-in on this image take a look at the full record on iMuseum: PG/9208

The Company at its peak owned and managed many of the major entertainment complexes on the Island, not just the Palace Ballroom and Derby Castle Ballroom – but also the Gaiety Theatre, the Onchan, Strand, Regal, Royalty and Picture House Cinemas, and White City. To learn more about the records we hold relating to the Palace & Derby Castle Company visit Archives Hub.

Katie King (Manx National Heritage Community Outreach & Learning Support Officer)

Blog Archive

December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
March 2018
February 2018
December 2017
November 2017
September 2017
June 2017
May 2017
March 2017
February 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
August 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015