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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. 

 


 

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Reference:  Irish stamps collector news 05/07

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