Historian to give postcard talk

Peter Kelly

Peter Kelly

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A local historian will give a talk about old Manx postcards at the Henry Bloom Noble Library in Victoria Street, Douglas, on January 8.

The talk by Peter Kelly MBE, a lifelong resident of Onchan and an architectural historian, will run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Mr Kelly, 65, is a member of various Manx historical and heritage groups and first became interested in history when he was aged 12 years old.

Just two years later he gave his first public talk at an Onchan Women’s Institute meeting.

Mr Kelly said of his January 8 talk: ‘The show is entitled “Wish you were here” and is a presentation of Edwardian postcards showing places all around the island like Peel, Ramsey, Douglas and some places which are no longer there.

‘I’ve been collecting postcards since I was 12 years old, so for around nine years now!

‘I have a couple of thousand postcards in my collection.’

Mr Kelly worked for Onchan Commissioners for more than 30 years, managing the in-house archives and giving presentations to schools about the district and continues to make presentations island-wide.

He was elected a commissioner at the age of 27 and, after his three-year term of office, became clerk to the parish board.

In 2011 he was officially appointed Captain of Onchan Parish in ceremony at Government House.

He has also been chairman of the Isle of Man Scout Association for more than 30 years.

He is well-known for his work with the Isle of Man Victorian Society, and his extensive knowledge as an architectural historian.

Mr Kelly gave a magic lantern show in December, which raised more than £600 for the Philippines Disaster Fund.

Free tickets for the talk on Wednesday, January 8, are available from the ground floor counter at the Henry Bloom Noble Library or by calling 696461 or visiting www.douglaslibrary.gov.im

Refreshments will also be provided on the night.

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