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Call to return of Chronicles of Man from British Library

December 5, 2014

Call to return of Chronicles of Man from British Library

Posted at 10:37 am in Similar cases

The Manx branch of the Celtic League is making new calls for the Chronicles of Man to be permanently exhibited on the Isle of Man.

The Chronicles of Man are a medieval manuscript originating in the Isle of Man, but currently held by the British Library in London.

The Chronicles of Man, currently in the British Library

The Chronicles of Man,, currently in the British LibraryThe Chronicles of Man, currently in the British Library

From:
Isle of Man Today

Call to return Chronicles of Man
Published on the 04 December 2014 11:45

The Manx branch of the Celtic League is reviving a campaign to bring the Chronicles of Man home.

At its monthly meeting in November, it urged a renewed effort by the General Council of the League to pressure both the British and Manx governments to ensure the Chronicles of Man and the Isles are exhibited permanently in the Isle of Man.

The medieval manuscript has been held for many years by the British Library although its ownership is disputed.

Manx branch members discussing the issue alluded to the new controversy surrounding the Elgin Marbles and suggestions the Greek and UK governments could do a swap to resolve the matter.

The branch will now prepare a strategy proposal ahead of the next Celtic League AGM and General Council meeting in Dublin in the spring.

In 2007, Isle of Man Newspapers launched a campaign to bring the Chronicles home, prompting a Tynwald resolution to begin urgent negotiations to have the manuscript returned. Those negotiations came to nothing, however.

The Chronicles, believed to have been compiled by monks at Rushen Abbey, are the oldest written record of the Island’s Norse-Gaelic period from 1000AD to 1316.

They fell into private hands after Rushen Abbey was dissolved in 1540, during the reign of Henry VIII.

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  1. catsinbelfry said,

    12.05.14 at 10:43 am

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  2. MYfromTURKIYE said,

    12.05.14 at 10:46 am

    RT @elginism: Blog post: Celtic League calls for return of Chronicles of Man from British Library http://t.co/gpf0QZGHGj

  3. allanpint said,

    12.05.14 at 10:51 am

    RT @elginism: Blog post: Celtic League calls for return of Chronicles of Man from British Library http://t.co/gpf0QZGHGj

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