Scope and Content

Contains: report by NIRD Professional Committee 1913-1920; annual reports 1922-1923; final report of NIRD 1984-1985; list of staff at the Process Engineering Department and Test Lab (past and present) 1980; correspondence relating to special experimental licks 1948; correspondence relating to centrifugal separators and clarifiers 1953; correspondence relating to circulation and sales reports 1954-1975; correspondence to J B Hoyle 1973-1974; correspondence from Plastic Engineers Ltd 1974; file regarding preparation of scripts for press and broadcasts c1954-c1960; code of practice 1981-1982; plan of NIRD piggery 1947; drawing of NIRD site at Shinfield showing the proposed Stenhouse Williams Memorial Library 1950's; commercial test reports on dairy equipment 1932- 1983; confidential reports on dairy equipment 1945-1984; technical reference records c1916-1983; leaflets about NIRD 1961, 1975; technical literature c1907-1985; technical bulletins 1924-1981; press releases 1971-1983; handbook of metals and rubbers 1968-1969; guide to sealants 1960's; list of publications by N.I.R.D. staff 1970's; photographs of experiments, N.I.R.D. site, premises and equipment, presentations and visitors 1925- 1990; papers concerning exhibitions 1963-1983; files of articles written by N.I.R.D. staff 1952-1985; publication The National Institute for Research in Dairying - A Memoir; newspaper cuttings 1972-1973; papers relating to N.I.R.D. events 1924=1983; christmas card produced by NIRD c 1950's; thesis (MSC) The Performance of Series Connected Exchanges for Water Heating with Milk Cooler Condensing Units by Gordon Clark Perry 1961

Administrative / Biographical History

The Research Institute in Dairying was established at University College, Reading by the Board of Agriculture in 1912. In 1921 the Shinfield Estate was purchased to accomodate it and in the same year it changed its name to the National Institute for Research in Dairying (NIRD). The Institute was concerned with research into the production and uses of milk and improving methods in the dairy industry. Part of this involved the testing of dairying apparatus. On 1 April 1985 the Institute was replaced by the Grassland Research Institute, Hurley and the Food Research Institute, Reading


AD2 Reports

AD3 Staff List

AD8 General Correspondence

AD9 File (TV Broadcasts)

CO3 Codes of Practice

DO1 Drawings

ET1/1-37 Commercial Test Reports (printed and published)

38-272 Commercial Test Reports (Draft Manuscript)

273 Calibration Report

274-316 Confidential Test Reports (Draft Manuscript)

317 Technical Note

318-323 Experimental Data

324-356 Type Test Reports (Draft Manuscript)

357-358 Milk Cooling Equipment reports

359-365 Miscellaneous Technical Information

ET2 Technical Records Relating to Products

ET3 General Technical Reference Records

P2/A Leaflets (NIRD)

P2/B Advertising

P3 Notices

P4 House Journals and Technical Bulletins (others)

P5 Press Releases

P9 Other Records

PH1 Negatives

PH2 Compilations of Prints

PH3 Prints

PH4 List

PH5 Lantern Slides

SH3 Exhibit Records

SP1 General Reference Records

SP2 Records of Events, Societies and Organisations

SP5 Other Records

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Accesion numbers T78/10, D78/27, DX19, DX218, DX477, DX514, DX384, DX385


Compiled by Caroline Gould, December 2002

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