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Neil Milsom
Neil Milsom

Before moving to the Isle of Man in 1998, with my wife Trish, I spent many years travelling throughout Ireland visiting the ancient monuments, becoming especially interested in those around the Boyne Valley; Newgrange, Knowth, Loughcrew etc. The intricate geometric and spiral patterns carved into the great stones intrigued me. I was fortunate to experience their inherent sense of serenity and purpose, prior to their development as major tourist attractions. While much is known about these sites from an astronomical and geophysical viewpoint, the associated culture and meaning remains open to interpretation; overlapping with another passion, that of mythology, folklore and legend.

Upon moving to the Island, I read about local folklore and the Island’s own ancient monuments, visiting as many as possible. I learned that not only were there similarities with Irish folklore, but also that sense of serenity and purpose could be felt at several of the ancient sites here too; none more so than Cashtal yn Ard, which is only a short walk from the little cottage where we now live with our two children Niamh and Ruadhan. The culture, heritage and landscape of the Island felt almost familiar and it rapidly became home.

Working in stone, metal and wood, the work I have done to date reflects my passion for prehistory, mythology and the land. I hope you like it.