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  Ireland  2007  "150th Anniversary of the Natural History Museum"

Issue Date  25.10.2007
ID Michel: 1800  Scott:  Stanley Gibbons:  1875 Yvert:   UPU:  N/A  Category: pF
Author Typography & Layout: Steve Simpson , Photography:  Harry Weir
Stamps in set 1
Value

55c  Skull and antlers of giant deer, Giant  Elk, Megaloceros

Size (width x height) 51.46mm x 30mm
Layout Sheetlets of 12
Products FDC x 1 MS x1
Paper
Perforation 13.25 x 13.25
Print Technique Multicolour (with phosphor tagging), Lithography
Printed by Irish Security Stamp
Printing Ltd.
Quantity
Issuing Authority Irish post

To mark the 150th Anniversary of the Natural History Museum An Post are issuing a striking stamp and First Day Cover on 25 October. Designed by Steve Simpson, the stamp is based on a specially commissioned photograph of the Giant Elk from the Museum Collection . It has often been referred to as the museum that should be in a museum. And for visitors to Dublins Natural History Museum, the irony will not be lost. For, once inside the door of this remarkable building, it becomes obvious that we are walking into an architectural wonder. Built in victorian style, and housing many of the exhibits in glass enclosures, the museum harkens back to that bygone era of ladies bustles, top hats and mutton-chop sideburns. While the exhibits themselves provide a comprehensive and engaging overview of natures wonder, the building itself is an utter delight to the eye. Built in 1856 as the Museum of the Royal Dublin Society, the Natural History Museum, which opened to the public in 1857, is a zoological museum containing diverse collections of world wildlife. The collection comprises over 10,000 animals and the museum is also a major scientifc institution with signifcant research collections from Irish
scientists and international figures. It moved to its present building in 1857 and became part of the National Museum of Ireland in 1877, constructed as an extension to the museums headquarters in Leinster House. The anniversary of the Natural History Museum coincides with a major restoration programme. This aims to maintain and enhance the historic character of the building. Public access is being improved and visitor facilities are being added to provide for educational activities. A visit to this unique building is an absolute must for everyone, tourist and resident alike.


Products

FDC Mini Sheet


Reference:  Irish stamps collector news 05/07 

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