Other Holdings

Other Holdings

The collections listed on our online catalogue are not the entirety of the Isle of Man Public Record Office holdings. While we are continuously working on cataloguing our collections, and making the resulting catalogues available the following gives a brief overview of some of our other popular collections.

Planning and Building Control Records

In addition to S56 Local Government Board: Planning Applications 1921-1932, the Isle of Man Public Record Office holds pre-1989 planning application records, index maps (S90), registers (S89) and planning committee minutes (S92). This is not a complete sequence; however, where an original plan is missing a duplicate may still exist in our microfilm holdings.

Planning applications from 1984 onwards are searchable online through the Planning Application search provided by DEFA. For queries relating to post 1989 applications we recommend in the first instance contacting the Planning and Building Control division on 01624 685950 or by email: planning@gov.im.


We hold minute books; log books; admission registers and other records from a number of schools around the Isle of Man, including:

Arbory School
Ashley Hill School
Baldwin Boarding School
Ballagawne Colby Boarding School
Ballamoda School
Braddan Parish School
Castletown School
Dalby Boarding School
Foxdale School
Hanover Street School
Hope Street School
Onchan Primary School
Patrick School
Peel Clothworkers School
Rushen Parochial Boys School
South Cape Boarding School
St. Mark’s School

Records containing personal information relating to children are closed for 100 years. For information on accessing closed records please see Enquiries and Research.

If you require Proof of Attendance, DESC have created an application form that can be completed online. Alternatively, they can be contacted on 01624 685808 or by email: admin.desc@gov.im.

Acts of Tynwald

We preserve the original Acts of Tynwald (the Isle of Man parliament) from 1703 to the present day (collection reference A43). The early Acts of Tynwald were hand-written on vellum, whilst modern Acts are still printed on vellum sheets. The Acts include declarations of the promulgation of the Act on Tynwald Hill and of the granting of Royal Assent.

An entry book (reference A43, C356/11) dated 1704-1988 serves as an index to the records. The historic handwriting in the Acts of Tynwald can be difficult to decipher, but we also hold a set of printed copies of the Acts in our local studies library which are much more readable!

Current Acts of Tynwald, including historic Acts that remain in force today, are also searchable online on a website maintained by the Attorney General’s Chambers: www.legislation.gov.im


In addition to photographs and promotional material relating to the Isle of Man tourism industry from the 1970s onwards, we hold minutes and accounts of the Isle of Man Tourism Board and its predecessor bodies from the late 1800s. We also hold a number of collections relating to the Isle of Man heritage railways including minutes, log books, plans, technical drawings, and route sections.