Sir Peter Scott: Correspondence and papers

Scope and Content

A. Biographical (A.1-A.747)

B. World War Two (B.1-B.201)

C. Nature conservation and research (C.1-C.1347)

D. Travel (D.1-D.862)

E. Publications (E.1-E.349)

F. Radio and television (F.1-F.251)

G. Lectures, speeches and addresses (G.1-G.151)

H. Societies and organisations (H.1-H.262)

J. Painting (J.1-J.443)

K. Yachting (K.1-K.104)

L. Gliding (L.1-L.154)

M. Correspondence (M.1-M.2949)

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Peter Markham Scott (1909-1989) was born in London on 14 September 1909, the son of the Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott. He was educated at Oundle School, near Peterborough, and Trinity College, Cambridge, before attending the Munich State Academy of Arts, then the Royal Academy School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, London. Scott's paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1933. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Navy. He founded the Severn Wildfowl Trust (now the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, in 1946, and was a co-founder of the World Wildlife Fund (now the World Wide Fund for Nature), serving as its first Chairman, 1961-1982, and playing a leading role in its fundraising projects and campaigns. Scott visited the Antarctic on five occasions, and also carried out ornithological expeditions. In the 1940s he became a well-known broadcaster, and he was instrumental in the development of the B.B.C.'s Natural History Unit at Bristol. He was Chancellor of Birmingham University, 1974-1983. Scott died on 29 August 1989.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers may only be consulted with the permission of Lady Scott, The New Grounds, Slimbridge, Gloucester, GL2 7BS.

Acquisition Information

Received for cataloguing in 1995 by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists from Lady Scott, widow of Sir Peter Scott. The papers were deposited subsequently in Cambridge University Library.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, with reference to the catalogue prepared by the N.C.U.A.C.S., Bath University.

Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.