Papers of Ian Wilmut

Scope and Content

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.


The files have been arranged into the following sections to best reflect how they were created and used: Correspondence; Research; Publications; Membership of organisations; Events; Public engagement and the media.

Access Information

The material is available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material. Some files are closed and cannot be accessed. Some files are restricted and require a Data Protection or restricted access form to be completed in order to access them. Some files are in formats which are not currently accessible. Navigate down the hierarchy for further details.

Acquisition Information


Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Related Material

The records of Roslin Institute and predecessor institutions can be found at EUA IN23.
Ian Wilmut was interviewed about his work by Grahame Bulfield as part of a series of genetics oral history recordings at Edinburgh University Library Special Collections; this recording can be found at EUA CA15/8. Please contact a member of staff in order to enquire about access to this material.