Dec 9th, 2010 | | Government | Museums | Organisations | Portfolio | No Comments

Old House of Keys, Isle of Man

Patrick Baty carried out the paint analysis in the Old House of Keys

The Old House of Keys was the legislative meeting place of the Isle of Man between 1821 and 1874.

As the importance of Douglas grew as a port and financial centre it became inevitable that the assembly would move too. Once the building ceased to be used as a legislative meeting place (in 1874), the Old House of Keys was occupied by a succession of banking companies (Dumbell’s followed by Parr’s, which after various amalgamations became National Westminster). A great many alterations to the structure took place after this time, principally with the aim of improving sanitation and security.

Tynwald Chamber - copyright Manx National Heritage

The restored Debating Chamber of the House of Keys – copyright Manx National Heritage

I was commissioned to carry out paint analysis of the building and to ascertain how it had appeared in the 1860s.

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