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Library Exhibitions 2015

Marking the Anniversary of The Revestment

The Revesting Act or Isle of Man Purchase Act came into force upon the granting of Royal Assent on 10 May 1765; the Island was officially transferred from the Atholl family to the English Crown. 
This purchase resulted in the English Crown effectively gaining control over the Island and the English Parliament could bring it under the control of the British customs service. The intention was to for Britain to be able to raise income from goods being brought into the Isle of Man and eradicate the 'running trade'.
The British Crown took over the Island’s affairs on the 21st June with the Royal Proclamation setting out that all powers were now to be exercised by the authority of the Crown. The Act was read out at Castle Rushen on 11th July and all revenue from the Island became revenue for Britain.
The exhibition in the Tynwald Library looks at how and why the Isle of Man was bought back under British rule.

Our thanks go to Dr Christopher Gawne and Manx National Heritage for their help in setting up this exhibition marking an important change in Manx history. The original proclamation - in English and in Manx - can be seen at the Manx Museum or​

The Millennium of Tynwald Tapestry Stamp Collection

The Isle of Man Post Office released a set of postage stamps which reproduces 10 panels from the Millennium of Tynwald Tapestry. Large version of the individual stamps were on display in the library throughout May. The collection is a celebration of the main historical events in 1000 years of Tynwald, starting with the arrival of the Vikings and moving through the ages to the modern Tynwald building.

​'We are Here'

For the month of March, the Tynwald library was pleased to showcase a micro-exhibition from local artist, Alice Quayle. ‘We Are Here’ displayed hand-drawn maps capturing the Island’s rich cultural heritage such as ‘Dark Skies’ and ‘Viking Island’. Other pieces such as ‘Laxey Village’ and ‘Douglas Culture Quarter’ highlight things to see and do in the Isle of Man that you might not know are there! Alice Quayle said: ‘I produced the maps to guide people to the places they may not have realised the Isle of Man has to offer. The maps are there to help you navigate hidden gems and historic sites across the Island.’

Samples of Alice's work are on her Facebook site
. Postcards and prints are on sale in the Tynwald Gift Shop on Finch Road.

'Nations of the World in Stitch'

February 2015 sees the Tynwald Library hosting a very creative and colourful 'Nations of the World in Stitch' exhibition,
embroidered postcards for the Athletes of the World Traveling Exhibition. 
For the Olympic Games in 2012, each branch of the Embroiderers' Guild was randomly allocated one out of the more than 200 countries participating. Working individually and in teams, members of each branch went on to create a series of hand or machine stitched, postcard sized images featuring the culture, environment and people of their allocated country.
The entire collection was exhibited at the St Martin in the Fields Gallery in central London throughout the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since then the collection has been displayed at various museums and galleries throughout Britain.
A selection of postcards is on display in the Tynwald Library until 25th February.
For more details on the Isle of Man branch of the Embroiderers' Guild please visit their blog:

Mr Ramsey Gelling Johnson

​The life and career of His Honour Ramsey Gelling Johnson OBE were celebrated in an exhibition - ‘Come On, Keep on Trying’ in the Tynwald Library.
The exhibition traces his rise from Douglas Grammar School student to one of the Island’s most eminent legal figures, serving as High Bailiff, Second Deemster, President of the Isle of Man Law Society and Clerk of Tynwald. He was also a member of Douglas Town Council, an MHK for Douglas North, Captain of Onchan Parish, Vicar General and a champion of the Island’s farming community, establishing the Manx National Farmers’ Union and becoming the first President of the Royal Manx Agricultural Society in 1951.
‘Come On, Keep on Trying’ will run from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday from January 12th to January 30th in the Tynwald Library.