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  ISLE 0F MAN  1986  "THE MANX MUSEUM 1886-1986"

Issue Date 05.02.1986
ID Michel:  Scott:  Stanley Gibbons:  Yvert:   UPU:   Category: pR
Author J. H. Nicholson, R.l., P.S.
Stamps in set 5
Value 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)
Products FDC x4 
Paper  102 gm  unwatermarked PVA gum security coated
Perforation 14.5
Print Technique Lithography
Printed by  The House of Questa, London
Issuing Authority
Great Deer among other artifacts on the Manx museum stamps of Isle of Man 1986

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.

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.

22p value - The Great Deer (Cervus Giganteus) was an inhabitant of Man at the close of the Great Ice Age and became extinct in prehistoric times. This complete skeleton, now on view at the Museum, was excavated at Close-y-Garey, St. John's in 1897.

Mounted skeleton of Great Deer in Bremen

Mounted skeleton in Bremen, image from Wikipedia

Great Deer  on stap of France 2008

Reconstruction of Great Deer ("Irish Elk" / Megaloceros ) on stamp of France issued in 2008

The Irish Elk stood about 2.1 metres tall at the shoulders, and it had the largest antlers of any known cervid (a maximum of 3.65 m ) from tip to tip and weighing up to 40 kg ). In body size, the Irish Elk matched the extant moose subspecies of Alaska (Alces alces gigas) as the largest known deer. The Irish Elk is estimated to have attained a total mass of 540-600 kg, with large specimens having weighed 700 kg  or more,A significant collection of Megaloceros.giganteus skeletons can be found at the Natural History Museum in Dublin.

It should be noted that the Irish Elk does not in any way directly correspond to any living species today, including even the Alaskan moose or North American elk. It is taxonomically a giant and completely extinct deer.

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.



Great Deer among other artifacts on the Manx museum stamps og Isle of Man 1986

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