Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau is delighted to announce that it will release an Alderney and Guernsey joint issue miniature sheet featuring se-tenant stamps to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1948 Agreement, which saw Alderney become part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey after the Second World War.
The stamps have been designed by Norwegian artist and master engraver Martin Mörck, one of the world’s most prolific and well-known stamp artists. They depict the court buildings of Alderney and Guernsey as symbols of their respective judicial systems, which have been linked since the 14th Century.
Purpose of the 1948 Agreement
The Second World War had a devastating impact on Alderney, which was occupied by the Germans who built concentration camps across the island and which saw slave workers endure brutal conditions. The majority of the island’s population was evacuated in 1940 and upon hearing of the conditions, many did not return following Liberation in 1945.
During 1946 and 1947 a communal farm was established on the island to provide food and work, but some of the islanders did not support the way it was managed. An investigation followed, which led to the proposal of the 1948 agreement in which the UK government suggested the Alderney States link with Guernsey’s. The Alderney people overwhelmingly supported the proposal and the Agreement has remained ever since, though changes have been made to the original law.
Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post said: – “We are delighted to mark the 75th anniversary of this historic Agreement with our joint issue miniature sheet designed by Martin Mörck, who is widely recognised for his distinctive style and incredible attention to detail.
“Protected by law and listed as buildings of special interest, the Alderney and Guernsey courts represent the historical and cultural heritage of the islands, having witnessed many significant events and changes over the centuries.”
The stamps are available to pre-order from 20 October at www.guernseystamps.com or by calling Philatelic Customer Services on +44 (0) 1481 716486.