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Roslin Institute



  • Existence: 1993-:

Roslin Institute was created on 1 April 1993 from the former Edinburgh Research Station of the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (IAPGR-ERS). At the same time, the Cambridge Research Station of IAPGR became the Babraham Insitute. Grahame Bulfield, former Head of Station at IAPGR-ERS, was appointed Director of Roslin Institute in June 1993. Roslin was an independent, but wholly owned, Institute of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). In 1995 Roslin Institute became a company limited by guarantee and a Scottish Charity sponsored by BBSRC.
The previous seven scientific departments of IAPGR-ERS became amalgamated into four larger divisions: Development and Reproduction, Environment and Welfare, Genetics and Biometry and Molecular Biology. A new post of Assistant Director (Science) was also created, with Harry Griffin being appointed to this role in September 1993.
Roslin Institute's research focused on basic and strategic research relevant to farm animal production. It was the major centre in the UK for research on molecular and quantitative genetics of farm animals and poultry science, with major programmes on development, growth and reproduction and animal welfare. In 1997 it made world headlines when the birth of Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned animal, was announced.
In April 2007, Roslin Institute was integrated with the Neuropathogenesis Unit formerly of the Institute for Animal Health, and in April 2008 the combined organisation became a part of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (RDSVS) of the University of Edinburgh.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Papers of Grahame Bulfield

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-1644
Scope and Contents Much of this material has been annotated with additional information by Bulfield at a later date, prior to donation.
Dates: 1970-2012

Papers of Ian Wilmut

Identifier: Coll-1320
Scope and Contents This archive contains the working papers of Sir Ian Wilmut, including copies of published scientific papers, papers relating to Wilmut's scientific research including applications for funding, correspondence with the public and with various organisations, and material regarding the press and media and Wilmut's public appearances. The papers relate to Wilmut's work at the ARC Unit of Reproductive Physiology and Biology at Cambridge, the Animal Breeding Research Organisation (later the Institute...
Dates: 1969-2011

Records of Roslin Institute and predecessor institutions

Identifier: EUA IN23
Scope and Contents This collection comprises the administrative records of Roslin Institute and predecessor institutions. The records cover a range of areas and include meeting papers, reports, financial and legal documents, staff files, research data and press cuttings.
The majority of the records originate from the institutional Secretary's office, although there are a number of files from the Director and some from individual scientists. This information is captured in the catalogue.
Dates: 1948-2010

Roslin Institute Offprint Collection

Identifier: Coll-1362
Scope and Contents Contains bound volumes of offprints from the Roslin Institute and its predecessor institutions.
Dates: 1947-2007

Roslin Slide Collection

Identifier: Coll-1434
Scope and Contents This collection of 3,465 glass positive slides were acquired from the Roslin Institute in November 2009 as part of a larger accession of material. The slides, which range in date from the 1870s to the 1930s, cover a wide range of subjects; photographs of indigenous peoples from around the world, international travel scenes, personal portraits (frequently of figures connected with the natural/veterinary/agricultural sciences), images and portraits of domestic animals (chiefly sheep, poultry,...
Dates: 1870s-1930s