Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 07-08-2018

Grave of Manx poet restored in Bristol

by TH

Grave of Manx poet restored in Bristol

The grave of a famous Manx poet has been restored thanks to efforts by Culture Vannin and Manx National Heritage.

T. E. Brown’s resting place in Bristol had lain unattended for decades – becoming blackened and the text on it almost illegible.

Photographs of it were sent to Culture Vannin after an investigation by T. E. Brown expert Dollin Kelly.

James Franklin is the Online and Education Resources Officer at Culture Vannin – he says: “We were shocked to see the pictures of the grave.

“It was not how anyone in the Isle of Man would want the site to look, so there was no question that we had to do something about it.”

Director of Manx National Heritage Edmund Southworth says: “Manx National Heritage is pleased to support the restoration of T. E. Brown’s final resting place.

“This is a fitting tribute to a proud Manxman, who was born in Douglas and grew up in Braddan and Castletown, before studying at Oxford University.

“Many examples of T. E. Brown’s work survive in the Manx National Collections at the Manx Museum Library, where we hold an extensive permanent record of his work and lifetime achievements.”

The work was completed by local monumental stonemason Simon Ashwell.

 

PHOTO BY SIMON ASHWELL

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