2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the first popular election to the House of Keys, previously a self-elected body. Mid-19th-century calls for reform were led by journalists Robert Fargher and James Brown. Following negotiations between Governor Loch and the UK authorities, reforming legislation was enacted in 1866, giving the vote to male landowners and allowing Tynwald some say over finance for the first time in a century. The first elections took place in early April 1867.
To find out more about the events and figures behind the reform movement, click on the links to the left.

To mark this important event, Tynwald is hosting a free, one-day event: House of Keys: power, parliament and the people. Click here to find out more.

Isle of Man Stamps and Coins designed four stamps to mark this occasion. Click here to read more - Media Release February 2017.