Island of Culture 2014 will be marked with a set of new stamps

A year-long festival of the arts will be staged in 2014 to mark the Island of Culture and coinciding with the launch on January 6 will be the release of a celebration issue of stamps.

Born and raised in the Isle of Man, Juan Moore is a talented Manxman with degrees in illustration and computer animation respectively. His artwork has found acclaim in exhibitions featured in Cornwall, Wales, London, France and New York. Some of Juan’s artworks are part of both the Isle of Man Arts Council’s collection and the Manx National Art Collection.

His latest work will feature on a set of stamps to celebrate the Island of Culture having been commissioned to produce the new artwork celebrating eight cultural topics – dance, music, drama, literature, visual arts, design, film and craft, by Isle of Man Post Office. The stamps are Isle of Man Post Office’s contribution to the lasting legacy of the Island of Culture 2014 and Juan admits having his work showcased in this way is a real honour.

“It feels so good to have my artwork on the Island of Culture stamps. Art is always something that people have an opinion on and I hope my work will be noticed on these stamps. It is important to me that my work is not only thought-provoking, but that it is accessible to everyone. One of the aims of my work is for it to be as understood by not only those from an art background, but for someone who knows nothing about it” he said.

Juan added: “I generally get my ideas for my art from everyday life and once I have an idea I just paint. I’m a big fan of the white page and don’t always know where my journey is going to take me and what the end result is going to be like until I get painting. I love having something physical at the end of it and I’m really looking forward to seeing the actual stamps when they are issued in the New Year.”

Maxine Cannon, General Manager Isle of Man Stamps and Coins said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Island of Culture and our set of eight stamps, kindly designed by Juan, will be launched in conjunction with the actual launch of the festival on January 6. Culture means different things to everyone but there is set to be something to suit every taste throughout 2014, with a colourful spectrum of events planned by the Isle of Man Arts Council to celebrate the richness of our Island and its cultural scene.”

To view the Island of Culture stamps and to pre-order please click here.

First stamp issue of 2013

Lewis Chessmen Stamps

Lewis Chessmen Stamps

Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present this beautiful set of stamps, in collaboration with Manx National Heritage, to mark another return to the Island of the manuscript of the Chronicles of the Kings of Man and the Isles and the loan of six magnificent Lewis Chessmen showcased in the flagship exhibition ‘The Forgotten Kingdom?’ in an outstanding display at the Manx Museum.

The Chronicles are the earliest written accounts of the Island and document many of the most significant events of the medieval age. The Manx nation is fortunate enough to be able to witness the temporary return of these legendry, medieval manuscripts and the loan of a selection of the wonderful Lewis Chessmen in an outstanding display at the Manx Museum. The chronicles were written by monks at Rushen Abbey and have been in the collections of the British Library for over two hundred years.

Dot Tilbury, General Manager Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said: “When we heard the Lewis Chessmen and more significantly the Chronicles of Man were coming to the Island, we relished the opportunity to feature them in our stamp programme for 2013 and the results are stunning. The stamps will be officially launched on 11th January next year. The Chronicles teach us about early life in the Isle of Man, a time when the Island was the seat of power in a dominant sea kingdom that reached from the Irish Sea to the North Atlantic Ocean.”

The earliest and most important manuscript from the Isle of Man is The Chronicles of Kings of Man and the Isles, which is on loan from the British Library. The Lewis Chessmen were discovered on the west cost of the Isle of Lewis and were made around 1200AD probably in the city of Trondheim in Norway. Most of them are carved from pieces of Walrus tusk, though three are made from the tooth of a sperm whale. Six pieces from the iconic collection of the Lewis Chessmen on loan from the British Museum will illustrate the stories told in the exhibition and of course feature on the forthcoming new stamps.

The exhibition is at the Manx Museum – admission is free and is open from 10am –5pm Monday to Saturday until it comes to a close in March.

The stamps are available to pre-order now. To view them please click here or alternatively visit www.iomstamps.com

 

Another Happy Christmas Winner

Another Happy Winner

 

Christine Almaden-Boyle won  £50 worth of Post Office saving stamps in our Christmas Post Shop competition – she is pictured with Dot Tilbury.

Isle of Man Stamps & Coins – Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Collectables

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Isle of Man Stamps & Coins produced stamps and a range of collectable items to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. Products include a set of six stamps, first day cover, presentation pack, miniature sheet, special covers and a special collectors folder.

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Isle of Man Stamps & Coins – Mark Cavendish – The Manx Missile Collection

Dot Tilbury, General Manager, Isle of Man Stamps.

Dot Tilbury, General Manager, Isle of Man Stamps.  Please Click the image to see video.

Isle of Man Stamps & Coins have created a number of product video’s promoting a number of items. The first is a set of stamps and other merchandise to mark the sporting achievements of Manxman and world cycling star Mark Cavendish MBE. This includes a souvenir sheet with augmented reality – the £1.05 stamps and special label come to life and you can watch Cavendish winning the World Championship in Copenhagen.

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Isle of Man Post Shop Christmas Comp – First Week Winners

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Our First Week Post Office Christmas Comp Winners 2012 – Mr & Mrs Tomlinson

Our first post shop Christmas competition winners last week were Christine and David Tomlinson, of Douglas.

They were presented with their £50 worth of postage by Dot Tilbury, General Manager, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins at Isle of Man Stamps & Coins HQ.

On winning David Tomlinson said: “It was a very pleasant surprise to be told we had won live on Manx Radio. To win £50 worth of postage is particularly pleasing at Christmas as we do send a lot of cards, so the prize will be well used.”

Isle of Man Post Office Wins International Business Of The Year Award

At a glittering ceremony in the Villa Marina last night (Thursday), Isle of Man Post Office won the coveted International business of the year award at the 2012 Awards for Excellence.

Commenting on the award Mike Kelly, Chief Executive of Isle of Man Post Office said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won such a highly sought after award. This reward is in recognition of our commitment to creating an innovative diversification strategy, helping the business to thrive when traditional services and mail volumes are in decline.

Over the last number of years we have grown significantly, particularly with the introduction of Integrated Mailing Solutions (IMS), our specialist business communications division. We have evolved to be able to offer clients based locally and internationally physical and digital mail services which has not only contributed significant financial reward, but has placed Isle of Man Post Office on the map as one of the most up and coming innovative Posts in the world.”

He added: “One of our long-term strategies is to take our trusted third party into the secure electronic communications market. We launched our first digital mail product, „ePostbox‟, this year which is available to clients globally. Customers can for the very first time, receive their postal mail online, anywhere in the world 24/7. We also have an exciting product that will be launched next year, complementing our existing mailing services.”

None of this success would have been possible without the dedicated, loyal and hard working team that makes Isle of Man Post Office.

Mike continued: “We are proud to have some of the longest serving employees on the Island with a very low staff turnover and none of this success would be possible without everyone‟s hard work and dedication in making Isle of Man Post Office so successful. This is a great place to work and we are so fortunate to have not only a heritage of experience and skills but also great creativity and innovation within the business. We strive to ensure this continues now and into the future.

“I would like to thank all our customers, partners, suppliers and Isle of Man Government as our principle stakeholder, indeed everyone associated with us for their support. Each has contributed to making the business so successful and continuing these partnerships will help secure our sustainability into the future. This is a very exciting time for the Post Office as we continue to expand our global client base. However, we remain committed to our Isle of Man based customers and we will continue to play a vital role in the local community.”

Further success was celebrated on the night as Dot Tilbury, General Manager for Isle of Man Stamps and Coins, won the highly coveted “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Dot has worked for the Post Office for 37 years and has built a worldwide reputation for the Stamps and Coins division for producing innovative, high quality and topical stamp issues. Dot received this award for her dedication and tireless work in the community; she is particularly well-known for her involvement in children‟s cycling.

Mike said: “Everyone at the Post Office is delighted that Dot‟s community work has been recognised with this award. She is a key member of the senior management team at the Post Office and we are all thrilled for her. The award to Dot turned the evening into a fantastic night and magnificent double celebration.”

Hosted by Isle of Man Newspapers, the Awards for Excellence is a celebration of the Island‟s success from the business sector, the local community to individuals such as young achiever of the year, volunteer of the year to the prestigious lifetime achievement award.

Enduro star David Knight MBE features on new 50p coin

David Knight & Dot Tilbury

David Knight & Dot Tilbury

Four times World Enduro Motorcycle Champion and Manx motorcyclist David Knight MBE features on a new Isle of Man 50p coin.

Click here to watch our exclusive video with David Knight talking about the coin to Dot Tilbury.

The coin was launched at Postal Headquarters with a visit from David Knight and his Enduro motorcycle. The legal tender 50p coin is presented in a fantastic special pack featuring a genuine piece of ‘knobbly’ tyre supplied to Isle of Man Post Office by David himself – both items are safely encapsulated in a clear vacuum.

David, who was born and bred in the Isle of Man, has been World Enduro Champion four times and the coin shows him on his Enduro Motorcycle. The main objective of the sport is to arrive at different check points at a designated time over courses that are, typically, over thick wooded terrain including large obstacles such as logs, ditches and perilous sudden drops – to be World Champion requires instinctive bike handling skills, courage and years of dedication.

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Commenting on the coin David Knight said: “I feel very proud to be on a Manx coin and have my motorcycle achievements recognised, it’s a big honour. I will be carrying a few of these coins in my pocket to the rounds next year in the hope they will bring me some luck!

The collectable coin pack contains the story of David’s career to date along with images of the motorcycling star. It is priced just £15 and will make a perfect present for any sporting fan this Christmas. You can buy it online at www.iomstamps.com or visit Regent Street Post Shop, Douglas.

First stamp issue of 2013 unveiled at the Manx Museum ahead of exhibition opening

Chronicles of Mann Exhibition & Lewis Chessman Stamps

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Following on from “The Forgotten Kingdom” exhibition which opened to the public at the Manx Museum on November 10th 2012, Isle of Man Post Office has revealed its collaborated stamp issue – the first one to be issued in 2013. The Chronicles of Man and the Lewis Chessmen will feature on a set of six stamps from January 11 to coincide with Manx National Heritage‘s exhibition which runs until March 9 next year. The stamps were revealed on November 9th 2012 at a photo launch at the Manx Museum.

The Chronicles are the earliest written accounts of the Island and document many of the most significant events of the medieval age. The Manx nation is fortunate enough to be able to witness the temporary return of these legendry, medieval manuscripts and the loan of a selection of the wonderful Lewis Chessmen in an outstanding display at the Manx Museum. The chronicles were written by monks at Rushen Abbey and have been in the collections of the British Library for over two hundred years.

Dot Tilbury, General Manager Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said: “When we heard the Lewis Chessmen and more significantly the Chronicles of Man were coming to the Island, we relished the opportunity to feature them in our stamp programme for 2013 and the results are stunning. The stamps will be officially launched on 13th January next year. The Chronicles teach us about early life in the Isle of Man, a time when the Island was the seat of power in a dominant sea kingdom that reached from the Irish Sea to the North Atlantic Ocean.

The earliest and most important manuscript from the Isle of Man is The Chronicles of Kings of Man and the Isles, which is on loan from the British Library. The Lewis Chessmen were discovered on the west cost of the Isle of Lewis and were made around 1200AD probably in the city of Trondheim in Norway. Most of them are carved from pieces of Walrus tusk, though three are made from the tooth of a sperm whale. Six pieces from the iconic collection of the Lewis Chessmen on loan from the British Museum will illustrate the stories told in the exhibition and of course feature on the forthcoming new stamps.

The exhibition is now on at the Manx Museum – admission is free and is open from 10am –5pm Monday to Saturday.

A FANTASTIC VARIETY OF PRIZES TO BE WON WITH ISLE OF MAN POST OFFICE

In the lead up to Christmas Isle of Man Post Office is giving customers the chance to win six fabulous prizes on offer from £50 worth of postage, a Santa Tram and train trips for a family of four, £50 worth of saving stamps, a year’s joint membership to the Friends of Manx National Heritage and the grand prize draw of £500 of foreign currency.

 

The free to enter competitions will be held each week from 12th November through till the 13th December with one competition per week and the winner will be announced live on Manx Radio every Monday morning from November 19. Entry coupons for each competition can be found in a leaflet which is being distributed to all 40,000 residential addresses on the Island from Monday 5th Nov 2012. The household delivery leaflet also contains ideas for Christmas presents, packing materials available from Regent Street Post Shop and the last posting dates.

IOMPO Santa Comp

 

To enter the competition/s simply cut out the relevant coupon and post it into the special post box in Regent Street Post Shop only during the dates the coupon is valid to and from. All entries to each of the competitions will automatically be entered into the chance to win the grand prize draw of £500 worth of foreign currency to be drawn on December 13.

 

There is also a special competition for children with the chance to win a fabulous evening for a family of four to see this year’s pantomime, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs at the Gaiety Theatre on December 21, being staged by the Manx Operatic Society. The prize also includes pre-show dinner at Sir Norman’s in the Sefton Hotel and an after-show backstage pass to meet the cast. For children to enter it couldn’t be easier, Dot Tilbury General Manager Isle of Man Stamps and Coins explains how:

IOMPO Christmas Comps

“We want to encourage lots of children on the Island to write their letters to Father Christmas. The art of letter writing is a valuable skill and in this day of modern technology, we should still find time to put pen to paper. Children need to write their Santa letter and visit Regent Street Post Office and place it in the special post box no later than December 12 to be entered into the prize draw. Children must include their name, address and contact telephone number of their letter. This is a wonderful prize and I’m sure we will receive a lot of entries, so get writing kids!

 

The Post Shop is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm (open from 9.30am on a Tuesday) and 9am to 12.30pm on Saturday.