|ID||Michel: Scott: Stanley Gibbons: Yvert: UPU: NN/A Category: pR|
|Author||J. H. Nicholson, R.l., P.S.|
|Stamps in set||5|
12p - Viking Necklace
15p - Meayll Circle
22p - The Great Deer (Cervus Giganteus)
26p - Viking Longship
29p - Cregneash
|Size (width x height)||28.45 x 42.58 mm|
|Layout||Issued in sheets of 40 stamps (2x20)|
|Paper||102 gm unwatermarked PVA gum security coated|
|Printed by||The House of Questa, London|
|Issuing Authority||Isle of Man Post Office|
The Manx Museum is the treasure-house of
the Manx people and the headquarters of the Manx National Trust and of
the branch museums at Castletown (Nautical Museum), Cregneash (Village
Folk Museum), and Ramsey (Rural Life Museum).
Totally distinctive in character, it is devoted to the Isle of Man in all its aspects and extends from prehistoric times right up to the present day. In 1986 ISLE 0F MAN POST OFFICE commemorate the Centenary of the Manx Museum and Ancient Monuments Act (1886) by which Tynwald, the Island's Parliament, recognised the need for official preservation of the Island's history.
In 1922 the early work of the Manx Museum Trustees was centralised by the provision of land and buildings, through the generosity of the Trustees of the late Henry Bloom Noble, a wealthy Manx philanthropist. Since that time, extensions and development have increased the public and records areas. A new Art Gallery and Library were opened in 1936, a Natural History Gallery in 1937, and in 1960 further space was provided for the Museum's Library and Archives. The latter holds an unrivalled collection of Manx public records, private archives, newpapers, photographs. prints and maps, as well as printed books of Manx and general reference.
One stamp from the set, with face value of 22p, depicting a skeleton of "The Great Deer" (Megaloceros giganteus). The animals was an inhabitant of Man at the close of the Great Ice Age and became extinct in prehistoric times.Megaloceros giganteus, also known as "Giant Deer" or "Irish Elk" (even thought it is not an elk, nor it unique to Ireland).
Reconstruction of Megaloceros giganteus on stamp of France issued in 2008
|The drawing of Irish elk from Isle of Man from a book “Essay on the THEORY OF THE EARTH, BY Baron G. Cuvier” published in 1827||The skeleton of Megaloceros giganteus from Isle of Man on display in the National Museums Scotland. The image is from the website of the Museum|
|Mounted skeleton of Megaloceros giganteus the temporary museum at Castle Rushen (1905-1950), The image is from Wikipedia website||Mounted skeleton of Megaloceros giganteus in the Manx Museum (1950-now). The image is from BBC website|
12p value - Viking Necklace. Peel Castle offers rich testimony to the vicissitudes of Manx history through the centuries, from the early Celtic inhabitants through the age of Viking supremacy to the Stanley period. Since 1982, careful excavations, initiated by the Manx Museum and now supported by St. Patrick's Isle (Isle of Man) Archeological Trust, have revealedmany treasures from the past, and give promise of valuable and exciting discoveries in the future. This spectacular necklace, originally consisting of over 60 glass and amber beads, was found with other household goods in the Pagan Lady's Grave - the first female Viking grave discovered in the Isle of Man.
15p value - Meayll Circle. This megalithic chambered tomb is of a unique design. It consists of 6 pairs of burial chambers arrayed in a circle, with a passage leading inwards to the junction of each pair. First recorded in 1863 and first excavated in 1893, it is believed to date from the New Stone Age, around 2,000 BC.
26p value - Viking Longship. The arrival of early Viking raiders and their subsequent settlement made an enormous impact on the Isle of Man. This large-scale model, now on display in the Museum, was specially constructed in Norway in 1939 and is a faithful reproduction of the famous ship discovered at Gokstad, Norway. in 1880.
29p value - Cregneash. This village, preserved as a monument to the activities and environment of Manx people in bygone years, was the first publicly-owned open-air Folk Museum in the British Isles. The original buildings, some furnished as dwellings and others bearing evidence of traditional crafts, faithfully reflect the lifestyle of one of the last strongholds of Manx custom and tradition.