British Association for the Advancement of Science: Tayside And Fife Branch

Scope and Content

Minutes 1968-1974, financial records, 1960-1983, correspondence and miscellaneous papers, 1959-1989, annual reports, 1967/68-1984/85, programmes, handbooks, lecture lists and publicity material relating to BA branch meetings, excursions 1966-1985, British Association of Young Scientists, schools lecture service, science fairs and symposia 1960-1986.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Association for the Advancement of Science was founded in 1831. The Tayside Area Committee was set up in 1960 for the purpose of organising a lecture service for schools in the area. In 1974 following a general re-organisation of the Association and introduction of a new constitution, the Tayside and Fife branch was formed and the Area Committee reconstituted as a Branch Committee.

The objects of the Branch, under the terms of its constitution drawn up in 1974, are 'to provide on behalf of the council of the British Association within the Tayside and Fife Regions an inter-disciplinary forum for scientists and technologists; to promote a wider understanding of the problems and achievements of science and technology and their consequences for the nation; especially to encourage young people to take an interest in science by supporting BAYS [British Association Young Scientists]; and to develop the activity of the constituent organs of the British Association towards these ends'.


Records are arranged chronologically within series.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by the University Department of Continuing Education 1985-1994 (AccM/214, AccM/226, AccM/230, AccM/316).


Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, January 2002.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.


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Related Material

MS 15/4 British Association for the Advancement of Science: scrapbook containing pamphlets, advertising material and other miscellanea relating to the annual meeting, Dundee, 1968.

MS 15/51 Dr Robert Cook (Department of Biochemistry, University College, Dundee). Letters relating to meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Dundee 1947; typed with autograph signatures.

MS 15/106 Plan of docks and river wharves, 1912. Dundee Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

Additional Information

The material is original.