On Saturday 1st April, to mark the 150th anniversary of the first popularly elected House of Keys, Legislative Buildings  hosted a symposium with the theme House of Keys: power, parliament and the people.
Tynwald and University College Isle of Man invited experts in the areas of Manx history to talk about the social and economic context of the events behind the Manx reform movements in the 18th and 19th centuries to give everyone an opportunity to learn about the role played by individuals and institutions in bringing about democratic reform and social change in the Isle of Man. 

The day started with a welcome from the President, The Hon Stephen Charles Rodan BSc(Hons) MRPharmS MLC, followed by sessions from our guest speakers:  

A short question and answer session was held at the end of each talk. The morning session ended with a tour around Chambers by the Presiding Officers.  The afternoon sessions focused on legislative and constitutional history bringing us back to 2017 and where we are today. 

The Speaker of the House of Keys, The Hon Juan Paul Watterson BA FCA CMgr FCMI SHK closed the event, thanking our guest speakers and the audience for their time and participation in this unique event.