Local Authority Rebrand
Many changes have taken place over the past few years in the way in which Braddan Commissioners work, and they feel that 2014 is the time for further change.
Not only is 2014 the Authority’s 120th anniversary year, it is also the year of the 150th anniversary of the birth of one its more famous parishioners, Archibald Knox, who was born on 9th April 1864 in Cronkbourne Village in Braddan and buried in Braddan Church in 1933.
Archibald Knox’s designs were synonymous with British Art Nouveau and he is regarded as being a prominent influence in the Arts and Crafts movement. His Celtic designs and calligraphy are world famous and iconic in the Isle of Man.
The Commissioners have used Knox’s distinctive style to create a new logo and image for the Authority which will be launched on 1st January.
The previous emblem, the Thorliefs Cross, has been replaced by a design creatively adapted from a piece of Archibald Knox’s work, which they feel helps to celebrate an imaginative step forward in the development of the Authority.
In addition to its Facebook Page a new more interactive website is under construction and a new email address, braddan at braddan.im comes into effect later this year.
Pursuing the theme of celebrating Knox, the Commissioners are working closely with, amongst others, the Archibald Knox Society, Manx National Heritage, Manx Heritage Foundation, IoM Arts Council, Department of Education, Douglas Corporation and Douglas Development Partnership under the Chairmanship of Mrs Clare Christian President of Tynwald, to help create a lasting legacy of Knox for the island by assisting organisations and authorities to pursue ideas they might have for this purpose.
As part of its contribution the Commissioners are, with the Department of Education and Manx National Heritage, developing plans to open one of the cottages in Cronkbourne Village to showcase Knox’s life, work and style and details will be released later in the year.
The Commissioners wish to acknowledge the creative input of Mannin Media into this change process.
They hope people will join them at their Parish Day, Monday 5th May 2014 on Strang Corner Field where, Braddan based businesses can demonstrate their own innovative an distinctive skills and contribution to the island.
J C Whiteway MBA