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Public Record Office

Public Record Office

Unit 40A

Spring Valley Industrial Estate


Isle of Man


Telephone:+44 1624 693569

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Our opening days are currently:

Thursday 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Friday 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm by appointment only.

This is to enable us to progress work for record holders. Please contact us to see if alternative access can be arranged if necessary.

The Public Record Office is 2.5 miles outside Douglas.  There is free parking and it's close to bus routes 4, 4A and 4B.  

Please bring valid photographic identification with you.

Most records we hold are being assessed and listed and are not yet available under the Public Records Act 1999. Access is usually still possible but to make the best use of your time it is important to contact us in advance of any visit to ensure that all necessary arrangements are in place.

The Public Record Office was established in the 1990's. The Public Records Act 1999 provides the basis for our objectives:

  • Advice and assistance to bodies holding public records.
  • Preservation and organisation of archives.
  • Facilitation of appropriate public access to records and archives.

The administrative records of over 90 current Manx bodies and their predecessors are public records. We are identifying those which need to be kept permanently and sorting and listing those in the Public Record Office already. These will be open to the public, normally when they are 30 years old. 

The Public Record Office holds records from

  • Tynwald
  • Isle of Man Government departments and their predecessors such as the Boards
  • Other organisations which are part of Government including the General Registry
  • Manx Local Authorities
  • Manx Courts
  • Other Manx public bodies included in the Public Records Act 1999.

We do not have the papers of businesses or private individuals.

The earliest records here date from 1800 although most are twentieth century.

As the Public Records Act 1999 came in to operation relatively recently, we are still in the process of bringing records in and listing them, therefore no lists are currently online.

If the public records you require are more than 25 years old please contact us. Even if we do not yet hold the records, we will be happy to help you locate them. If you require Government records that are less than 25 years old, please contact the department or body concerned direct.

For most public records prior to 1900 and all other Manx archives, including business and personal papers and sources for family history research, the Manx National Heritage Library is the best place to start your enquiries.

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