Records of the Forestry, Mines and Lands Board: Minute Books

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The series comprises 13 minute books and 1 folder which furnish an account of the meetings of the Forestry, Mines and Lands Board's committee. In effect, the series documents the day-to-day decision-making processes of the Board as well as the activities undertaken by the Board in order to realise its statutory functions as laid down by the Forestry, Mines and Lands Act, 1950.

The Act was signed by the Lieutenant Governor, G R Bromet, on the 23 Jun 1950 and came into operation 11 Jul 1950. The earliest minuted meeting extant in the series - 18 May 1950 - occurs shortly before the Lieutenant Governor's assent was given to the Act and runs through until the dissolution of the Board in 1986.

Activities detailed in the minutes include but are not limited to: the election of Board members; the appointment of the Board's Secretary and Clerk; the appointment of Inspectors; the undertaking of surveys and the issuing of reports regarding the management of Board assets; the lease, sale and purchase of land; and the general day-to-day management of forestry and mineral assets held by the Board on the Island.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1947, Tynwald agreed to purchase all Crown property on the Island including common lands, minerals, quarries, forests, foreshores and territorial sea.

The new Board drawing its name from the legislation which established it - The Forestry, Mines and Lands Act, 1950 - took on the responsibility for the management of a number of the aforementioned assets, namely: forestry, minerals and lands.

The Board's land management function was transferred from the Common Lands Board; while its forestry management function was transferred from the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries. The Board ceased to exist in 1986 when its core functions were in turn transferred to the newly created Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).

Arrangement

Minute books are arranged chronologically within the series.

Conditions Governing Access

This series is currently subject to a B2 closure period of 84 years under the Public Record Order 2015 due to statutory data protection restriction laid down in the Data Protection Act 2002.

Please contact the Isle of Man Public Record Office for further information: public.records@gov.im

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Archivist's Note

Series level description created by Gavin Rowan, IOMPRO, 3 Jan 2017.

Appraisal Information

Selected for permanent preservation in Nov 2015, Angela Skitt, IOMPRO.

Custodial History

Records in consignment C630 were transferred to the Isle of Man Public Record Office as a temporary consignment under section 3(8) of the Public Records Act, 1999 in Mar 2010 by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Forestry, Amenity and Lands division). The records were fully transferred to the Isle of Man Public Record Office under section 3(4) of the Public Records Act, 1999 in Jan 2016.

Accruals

No accruals are expected.

Related Material

Also held at the Isle of Man Public Record Office:

  • S60 - Records of the Isle of Man Forestry, Mines and Lands Board: Outgoing Copy Letter Books.
  • S61 - Records of the Forestry, Mines and Lands Board: Forest Registers