The Lord's prerogative and an act of trust: portable antiquities in the Isle of Man

Allison Fox

Curator, Archaeology, Manx National Heritage. Email:

Cite this as: Fox, A. 2013 The Lord's prerogative and an act of trust: portable antiquities in the Isle of Man, Internet Archaeology 33.


The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency. As such, legislation for many areas of life differs from the neighbouring jurisdictions, including that which governs portable antiquities. The Island has a rich and varied heritage, with physical evidence from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age, through the early Christian period to Vikings and beyond.

Both the Manx Treasure Trove legislation and the Act under which Manx National Heritage operates are currently under parliamentary review. These are intriguing times for Manx portable antiquities and this article seeks to explain why change is due and what options are possible.

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