‘By Design’ Prints and Posters from the Manx National Heritage Collections

– Posted on Monday 6th November 2023

Manx National Heritage invites you to immerse yourself in a new colourful wall of recently digitised prints and posters from the Manx National Heritage collections at the Manx Museum.

Alongside printed materials, the intricate world of print processes is revealed in the Cabinet of Curiosity, where you can uncover the fascinating techniques and technologies that have shaped the art of printing, using traditional methods like letterpress and lithography.

Highlights include sketches and stencils by Hugo Dachinger who was interned on the Isle of Man in 1940, posters promoting the Isle of Man Steam Railway and the Fun Boat from the Isle of Man to Fleetwood, advertisements for Sulby Glen Corn Flour and Sulby Glen Rice Starch, and early 19th Century printing plates for card money.

Christina Gleave, Lead Graphic Designer for Manx National Heritage said:

“Prints and posters have been a vital means of communication, and a familiar feature of our public spaces since the 19th century. Whether promoting the Island as a tourist destination, products and services, exhibitions and performances, political causes or protests, they are compelling visual evidence of the Isle of Man’s social and cultural history.”

With the posters and prints anticipated to be popular gifts for Christmas, high quality reproductions of some of the many prints and posters on display have been made available on Magnolia Box.  To buy a print, visit

‘By Design’ will remain on display in the Cabinet of Curiosity at the Manx Museum until March 2024.  Admission is free, with donations welcome.


Image caption:

Sulby Glen Corn Flour Advertisement

Art Behind Wire Poster by Huge Dachinger


Media contact:

Lynsey Clague

Communications Manager – Manx National Heritage

T: 01624 648032


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