Heritage Volunteering

The Arts Society Isle of Man runs a programme of heritage volunteering

IOM DFAS Heritage Volunteers Report 2013

Heritage volunteering on IOM is conducted under the auspices of Manx National Heritage, coordinated by the senior archivist Wendy Thirkettle at the Manx Museum. Some members of IOM DFAS contribute to this initiative.

There has been both marked progress and development in the past year. In terms of progress, Wendy reported:

  1. The registered deeds project passed a fantastic milestone in late February when data for the 1860-1879 deeds was uploaded to the iMuseum. Now 1860-1910 deed information can be searched by visitors to the iMuseum on Kingswood Grove and by internet users at www.imuseum.im
  2. Work is well underway on the remaining four volumes of ‘requisition books’, 1847-1859. As I write, only 2,170 entries are outstanding of the remaining 12,762 so it is probable that the work will be finished by early summer, meaning that it will have taken under 2 years in all.

In terms of development, there are now 9 ongoing options in which volunteers are involved. They include the 1911 census, parish register indexing, unfolding pre-1847 registered deeds, Castle Rushen gaol registers and repackaging glass plate negatives.

Currently the focus and emphasis are on extracting information about WW1 servicemen from 14 registers compiled by the vicar of St George’s, Douglas, for pastoral purposes. It is hoped to have this material ready for the 1914 commemorative exhibition.

Interestingly, most enquiries about becoming a volunteer come via the website and email, and not always from DFAS members, but I am happy to get them involved.