University Marine Biological Station Millport

Scope and Content

  • Legal documents 1901
  • Constitution of the Marine Biological Association of the West of Scotland
  • Annual reports 1912 -1991
  • Promotional material c.1985-c.late 1990s

Administrative / Biographical History

In the mid 19th century Millport was established as a significant area for biological research by David Robertson , a naturalist from Cumbrae, who studied the highly varied habitats of flora and fauna from the waters of the Clyde Sea. At Robertson's instigation more and more scientists came to study at Millport and in 1885 the'Ark', a floating laboratory, was drawn up on the shore. In 1897 a permanent marine research station was built and staffed leading to the formal foundation of the Millport Marine Biological Station. However, in 1901 its name was changed to the Marine Biological Association of the West of Scotland and given an official constitution. In the 1940s the station was re-named again to the Scottish Marine Biological Station, but was given the name under which it is now known in 1970, when Glasgow University in partnership with University College London, assumed responsibility for it. Today the University Marine Biological Station Millport is dedicated to providing excellence in teaching Marine Science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Since its inception in 1970  , more than 20,000 visiting students have benefited from this facility.

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Correspondence relating to the Marine Biological Association 1913-1914 : GB 0248 GUA 24792, 24794, 24797.

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University of Glasgow

Subfonds level description compiled by Natalie Milne, archives assistant, January 2002  and John O'Brien, archives assistant, October 2002  .