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Entry to the Leece Museum is Free

Donations welcome

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Eddie Leece, Founder of the Leece Museum
Founder,
the late Eddie Leece

The Leece Museum is devoted to objects, photographs and documents specifically relating to Peel in the Isle of Man.

Our archive of unique documents and photographs is of particular interest to those who are researching family history, as well as to visitors with a general interest in the life of a busy Manx fishing port in days gone by.

The Leece Museum was established in 1984 by Eddie Leece, a retired headmaster of Peel Clothworkers School, and former Town Commissioner, and Frank Quayle who served as the museum's curator for its first 15 years.

The Black Hole, former prison cell, Leece Museum
The Black Hole

In June 2000 the museum was relocated to its new premises in the Old Courthouse building, which served as the town's seat of justice until the beginning of the 20th Century. It still retains many original features, including the atmospheric 'Black Hole' prison cell (left) in which the town's wrongdoers were incarcerated.

The dedicated staff of the museum bring a wealth of experience and local knowledge from which visitors can benefit. In addition, due to our close relationship with other research groups, we can usually assist in research and educational projects covering a wide variety of themes from natural history to industrial archaeology and architecture.

The Leece Museum You can find us a short distance from the House of Manannan, overlooking the picturesque working harbour and Peel Castle.
The Leece Museum is keen to continue developing its collection of artefacts and documents relating to Peel life, either by loan or donation. We can copy documents and photographs to store as computer archives and will return the originals, if required.
The Museum also has tourist information for Peel.
There is also a Tourist Information Point at the Town Hall, Derby Road, open weekdays only.

Opening Hours

Summer
(last Sun in June to first Sun in Sept)
Tues to Sat:
Sun:
Mon:
10am - 4pm
12noon - 4pm
closed
Winter
(first Tues in Sept to last Sat in June)
Tues to Sat: 10am - 4pm

Do You Know?
How - a boat is launched that's built in a yard 500 metres from the sea?
What - is the difference between a Nobby and a Nickey?
Where - you would find a Govag?
Why - you would use a fleaym?
Who - would use a Striggle or Cutch?
These, and many other questions, can be answered by our knowledgable curator and his colleagues.

Educational resources
In our small Research Centre we have up to date technology to facilitate archival research and (with permission) to copy photos and documents.
Themed walks exploring the varied history of Peel's industry, natural history and architecture in the company of noted local historians can be booked for groups by prior arrangement.
Informal talks and discussions on any aspect of Peel history can also be pre-booked for groups by contacting the Leece Museum or Peel Town Hall.
Visitors can also buy photographs, gifts and souvenirs, or an exclusive Leece Museum calendar in our Museum shop.

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