Records of the Board of Agriculture for the Isle of Man: Minute Books

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The series comprises 8 volumes which furnish an account of The Board of Agriculture committee meetings. In effect, the series documents the high-level decision-making processes of the Board as well as the activities undertaken by the Board in order to realise its statutory obligations as set out in the Agriculture and Rural Industries Act, 1914.

The sequence of minutes runs from the Board's inaugural meeting, which was held on the 4 Sep 1915, right through until the Board's dissolution and subsequent divestment of its core functions to the newly created Board of Agriculture and Fisheries in 1946.

Activities evidenced within the Board's minutes include but are not limited to: the election of the Board's Chairman and the appointment of the Board's Secretary, Treasurer and Librarian; the enforcement of quality control in relation to imported livestock, seed and foodstuffs; the administration of agricultural shows in conjunction with the Isle of Man Agricultural Society; the administration of various schemes for the ongoing development of the Island's agricultural industry; and the management of the Knockaloe Experimental Farm.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Board was established on foot of the Agricultural and Rural Industries Act, 1914. The 1914 Act was formally promulgated on 5 Jul 1915 with the Board's inaugural meeting occurring shortly thereafter on 4 Sept 1915.

The Board consisted of 9 members with 7 being elected by Tynwald and 4 being specialists appointed to represent the various sectoral interests within the Island's agricultural industry.

The functions of the Board of Agriculture were later transferred to the newly formed Board of Agriculture and Fisheries in 1946, alongside the functions of the former Fisheries Board and the Forestry Board.

Arrangement

Volumes are arranged in chronological order within the series.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of 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

For information on visiting the Isle of Man Public Record Office please see our website: www.gov.im/pro

Other Finding Aids

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Archivist's Note

Series level description created by Gavin Rowan, IOMPRO, 27 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:

  • S66 - Records of The Board of Agriculture and Fisheries: Minute Books.