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Save our Heritage by sending a card. 18 November 2009

Manx National Heritage have added to their exclusive range of Christmas Cards this year with two new designs, one painted by Manx artist and photographer, John Caley and the other an Archibald Knox design.

There are two watercolour paintings which feature two of Manx National Heritage’s iconic sites – Cregneash in Snow and the Grove at Christmas which is glowing with festive cheer. Painted by John Caley the beautiful images capture a part of the rich heritage of the Island.

Manx born Archibald Knox designs feature on the other two cards in the range. His inspiration came from the unique interlaced motifs of Manx carvings and Celtic manuscripts and is illustrated in the “Brightness of Snow” design taken from his book of illuminated lettering, “The Deer’s Cry”. As such an influential designer in the Art Nouveau movement his unique designs are one of the most iconic Manx exports. This year’s new design with birds and twining leaves is characteristic of much of his design work and contrasts in its simplicity with the ornate illuminated lettering.

Proceeds from the sale of these Christmas cards will contribute to the work of Manx National Heritage in protecting, preserving and promoting our Island’s unique heritage. By sending a card to friends and family this Christmas you will be helping preserve your Manx heritage as well as reminding those overseas what makes the Isle of Man so special.

Cards are available to purchase from the Manx Museum Heritage Shop which is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and the House of Manannan Heritage Shop which is open seven days a week from 10am – 5pm. Cards are also available by mail order - see the website www.storyofmann.com for details.

Bird Design - Archibald Knox

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