Camera Obscura

The Camera Obscura was built at the turn of the last century to entertain Victorian visitors for the summer.

It was a clever design, incorporating 12 lenses to allow the visitors to walk around inside the dark box, rather than have the image turned for them by the operator.

One lens was removed and a box office was added in its place so that a steady flow of tourists could pay, enter and leave. We believe it is unique.

The building stayed in private ownership right up until the 1990’s when it was purchased by the Isle of Man Government and protected by a large tin shed until it could be restored.

We were first involved with this project with the Victorian Society and later when a report was prepared by Dr Jim Strike from Bournemouth University and Dr Richard Harris from the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton. We were then responsible with an Island based design team and contractor to repair the building, keeping to a strict conservation brief and within budget.

The Camera Obscura is open at weekends during the summer and details are available on the Government website under tourism.

Camera Obscura website



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