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=== Mining Record Office ===
 
=== Mining Record Office ===
 
[[File:SummProg1897_FIG03.jpg|thumbnail|Section from a mine plan. Lowland Lead Mines. West Glencrieff. 1955.]]
 
  
 
There was one further department which owes its foundation to the indomitable energy of De La Beche. In 1838 the British Association had memorialised the Government to take steps to collect and preserve all plans recording the mining operations of the United Kingdom, inasmuch as great loss of life and destruction of property had arisen from the want of the proper preservation of such documents the Director of the Geological Survey was accordingly authorised to form a Mining Record Office as part of his establishment at Craig's Court. This new undertaking started in 1840, under the charge of T.B. Jordan; who was succeeded in 1845 by Robert Hunt. A large series of mining plans was gradually accumulated, and a yearly volume was issued embodying the statistics of the mineral industries of the United Kingdom. These statistics were obtained from the information voluntarily supplied by the proprietors, lessees, and others. Eventually, however, an Act of Parliament compelled the mine-owners to furnish the statistics to the Inspectors of Mines, who published them in their Report to the Home Office. As it thus became unnecessary that two similar returns should be published, and as it seemed desirable that the work of the Mining Record Office should he brought into closer relations with the Inspectors of Mines, that office was in the year 1883 transferred to the Home Office, under which the Inspectors serve.
 
There was one further department which owes its foundation to the indomitable energy of De La Beche. In 1838 the British Association had memorialised the Government to take steps to collect and preserve all plans recording the mining operations of the United Kingdom, inasmuch as great loss of life and destruction of property had arisen from the want of the proper preservation of such documents the Director of the Geological Survey was accordingly authorised to form a Mining Record Office as part of his establishment at Craig's Court. This new undertaking started in 1840, under the charge of T.B. Jordan; who was succeeded in 1845 by Robert Hunt. A large series of mining plans was gradually accumulated, and a yearly volume was issued embodying the statistics of the mineral industries of the United Kingdom. These statistics were obtained from the information voluntarily supplied by the proprietors, lessees, and others. Eventually, however, an Act of Parliament compelled the mine-owners to furnish the statistics to the Inspectors of Mines, who published them in their Report to the Home Office. As it thus became unnecessary that two similar returns should be published, and as it seemed desirable that the work of the Mining Record Office should he brought into closer relations with the Inspectors of Mines, that office was in the year 1883 transferred to the Home Office, under which the Inspectors serve.

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