About Us

This is the blog for the projects ‘Towards Dolly: Edinburgh, Roslin and the Birth of Modern Genetics’ and ‘The Making of Dolly: Science, Politics and Ethics’. This project was based within Edinburgh University Library Centre for Research Collections and generously funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Research Resources grants scheme.

The project ran from April 2012 until June 2016 and has catalogued, preserved and made available 21 collections relating to over a century of animal genetics research in Edinburgh.

Catalogues for these collections and further information about the projects can be seen at: https://collections.ed.ac.uk/towardsdolly

Browse our digitised glass slide collection here: http://images.is.ed.ac.uk/luna/servlet/UoEgal~6~6


The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. http://www.ed.ac.uk/home

9 thoughts on “About Us

  1. For a chapter in a Dutch book on the history of biology, I am looking for a high resolution photograph of Conrad Waddington (with correct credits). Do you have any suggestion about where to find such a photograph? Many thanks!

  2. Found your site extremely interesting and well done. You might want at some time to look at the involvement of Eugenics Society members with the Institute.and the significance of this involvement. Such members included FAE Crew, CH Waddington, BM Slizynski, HJ Muller, AD Darbishire, FHA Marshall and RG Edwards There is a recently updated list of Eugenics Society members at http://www.scribd.com/doc/97123506/Eugenics-Society-Members-A-Z-2012. This list is now undergoing the most extensive update since it was first published and the role of the Institute of Animal Genetics in pre- and post- World War II eugenics will be discussed in a “Background” set of paragraphs since it is now possible to see how many important Institute members were in the Society.

    • Thank you for your interest in the blog and for drawing our attention to the significance of the Institute to the Eugenics Society. There are in fact five folders of correspondence between Waddington and the Society (1959-1968) in the C.H Waddington collection (ref: Coll-41/6/9). All of the names you mention are familiar, although unfortunately the personal papers of Crew and Darbishire do not appear to be extant (we do of course have some correspondence from Crew in the Institute of Animal Genetics collection, as well as a notebook belonging to Darbishire). Muller’s signature appears in the Institute’s fascinating Visitors’ Book, which contains signatures of many high-profile individuals who visited the Institute over the period 1924-1947. I’d be very interested in seeing the background paragraphs about the IAG and eugenics when it appears. Many thanks again for getting in touch!

  3. Hello, This is a very informative site. I need the correspondence between Hadane and Waddington during the 1950’s. This is for a special issue of the ‘Journal of GENETICS’ to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Haldane.
    Can you please help?
    veena Rao

  4. Hello,
    this has no direct connection with a project but with someone maybe working with it?:
    I was looking for a friend, Kristy Davis. She worked at Edinburgh university library at least in 2012. Does she still work there or /and kan you give her My adress and give her the message that I would like to get in contact with her?
    /Carola (Gilli)

    • Hi Carola,

      Many thanks for getting in touch. I have passed on your message to a colleague who is still in touch with Kristy, so hopefully you will hear back.

      All the best,


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