Papers of Dr May Young concerning the work of the Nottinghamshire Trust for NatureConservation, 1968-1976

Scope and Content

The papers represent a private member's working involvement in the Nottingham Trust for NatureConservation and similar societies of which Dr Young was a member. They are not the official archiveof the trust, and inevitably therefore give only an incomplete picture of its organisation and itsprocedures. Correspondence, minutes, annual reports, newsletters and files concerning particularissues do however reflect the development and activities of the trust, with its acquisition ofTreswell Wood being a prominent feature.

The papers of other organisations are of a similar nature, including newsletters, minutes andannual reports.

Administrative / Biographical History

May Young was born in China in 1912, the daughter of missionaries from Australia, and was fluentin spoken and written Chinese. She attended the University of Melbourne in 1931 and transferred tothe University of Edinburgh a year later where she obtained her first degree in Zoology in 1935. Shealso obtained a Scottish Education Certificate and Cambridge Teaching Diploma. After a few years ofteaching, she registered for a higher degree at the University of London and in 1937 began as agraduate student at the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Young completed her Ph.D.studies in 1939 and spent the war years as a research parasitologist studying Trichinella inchildren.

She moved to The University of Nottingham's Zoology Department to become a lecturer in 1944 andher undergraduate teaching there concentrated on invertebrates and parasitic worms and flukes.Through her interest in flukes in freshwater fish she became closely associated with the FreshwaterBiological Station at Lake Windermere. She was an active member of the British Society ofParasitology for her interests in the ecology and taxonomy of fish parasites. She organised theSociety's meeting when it came to Nottingham in 1974. She retired from teaching in 1976 and died on14 January 1981.

Dr Young was an active member of the Nottinghamshire Trust for Nature Conservation, and a councilmember from 1969. She was also active in the Lincolnshire Trust for Nature Conservation and theSociety for the Promotion of Nature Reserves, which acted as the national association of countytrusts for nature conservation.


Material is arranged according to form (e.g. minutes, annual reports) and listedchronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and privatestudy purposes only, depending on copyright status and the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the reading room of The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections: Typescript Catalogue, 4 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 4 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must besought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections (email Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can often be difficultand the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the personwishing to publish.


Custodial History

The papers were given to The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections by Dr Young.