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 of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research and Roslin Institute), and the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh.
The papers cover Wilmut's research on developing the first methods for the deep freeze storage of mammalian embryos, the mechanisms and biomedical applications of cloned and trangenic animals, investigating mechanisms in early embryo development and the reprogramming of body cells in regenerative medicine. The papers also relate to Wilmut's extensive public engagement and conference activities, particularly following the birth of Dolly the sheep in 1996. There is a little material relating to Wilmut's role as director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine.