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Catalogue handlists for the papers of Sir Peter Markham Scott

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MS. 15471
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Comprises a handlist in 5 volumes.


  • Creation: 1999


1 box

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  • English

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15471, fols. 1-2].

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MS. 15471

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CMD ID 15471


Catalogue handlists for the papers of Sir Peter Markham Scott (1909-1989), painter, ornithologist, and broadcaster

Biographical / Historical

Sir Peter Markham Scott (1909-1989), was the only child of Captain Robert Falcon Scott. He was educated at Oundle School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtained an ordinary degree and took up wildfowling. He went on to spend some time at the Akademie der Bildenden K√ľnste in Munich and the Royal Academy Schools in London and held his first one-man exhibition in 1933. He became well-known as a painter of wildlife, especially birds. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves.

In 1946 Scott founded the Severn Wildfowl Trust (now known as the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust). He led several ornithological expeditions worldwide and helped established a BBC natural history unit in Bristol. From that unit he created and presented the natural history programme Look, which ran from 1955-1969. He was also a regular on the radio programme Children's Hour, and presented commentaries for Anglia Television's series Survival.

Scott wrote eighteen books and illustrated twenty others, including his autobiography The Eye of the Wind.

Scott was also a talented sportsman, representing Great Britain at sailing in the 1936 Olympics, where he won a bronze medal. He took up gliding in the 1950s, becoming British champion in 1963.

Scott was a co-founder and the first Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund, Chairman of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (1962-1981), President of the Fauna and Flora Preservation Society (1981-1989), Director of the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau Ltd. (1961-1977) and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham (1974-1983). He was awarded a CBE in 1953, was knighted in 1973 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.

Related Materials

The archival material described in these handlists is held by Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives (MS. Scott).

The archives of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust are held at the Trust's headquarters, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.

Most of Scott's correspondence relating to his work for the World Wide Fund for Nature are held at its Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland.

The archives of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) are held at the IUCN headquarters, Gland, Switzerland. MS Add.9955 (colour plates of waterfowl by Sir Peter Scott).

Catalogue handlists for the papers of Sir Peter Markham Scott
Finding aid prepared by EAD version by Francesca Alves and Jen Patterson
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom