The Old House of Keys has been restored
to its appearance in 1866; a milestone in Manx history, when the
old self-elected House of Keys took its first steps along the road
to modern democracy by passing the 'House of Keys Election Bill'
and thereby becoming a popularly elected body.
The Old House of Keys debating chamber you can vote on various crucial
issues which the Manx Parliament has faced in the past, and some
it may have to face in the future. This provides an opportunity
to see how democracy developed in the Island, sometimes years ahead
of England, and the effect that political decisions have had and
can continue to have on the Manx nation.
Manx National Heritage has restored The Old House of Keys to provide
visitors with an insight into the political life and times of the
Island. We hope that you enjoy this chapter of 'The Story of Mann'
and will discover the other sites of political interest, past and
present, around the Island.
Physical evidence of the Island's
political history can be found throughout the Manx landscape from
Tynwald Hill at St Johns through to the majestic castles at Peel