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Lewis chessmen stamps presented to British Museum

Six of the Lewis Chessmen have returned to curators at the British Museum in miniature thanks to a unique Isle of Man stamp collection featuring the iconic pieces.

Manx National Heritage visited the British Museum to present the stamp set which was developed in conjunction with Isle of Man Post Office to mark the arrival of the Lewis Chessmen on the Isle of Man.

MNH says it was delighted to present the stamp collection to the British Museum to whom they are extremely grateful for the loan of the Lewis Chessmen, which have been a popular attraction at the Manx Museum.

Naomi Speakman, British Museum Curator for Late Medieval Europe says the stamps perfectly capture the artistic detail of the Lewis Chessmen which are iconic survivors from the 12th century and provide a gateway into the medieval world.

Dot Tilbury, General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins says when it was known that 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. We're delighted a set of the stamps have been presented to the British Museum.

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