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Records of the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour, 1946 - 1988

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/ZOO 8

Scope and Contents

Cover every aspect of the operation of the sub-department. Include records relating to the MRC Unit on the Development and Integration of Behaviour housed in the Sub-Department.


  • Creation: 1946 - 1988


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From the Management Group:

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Biographical / Historical

The sub-department, established in 1960, developed from the Ornithological Field Station built on four and a half acres of field and woodland on the Madingley Estate in 1950. Originally funded by the University, Nuffield and Rockefeller Foundations to study bird behaviour, particularly the relative influence of heredity and environment, in 1958 the MRC and Mental Health Research Fund provided grants to widen research to include monkey behaviour. The MRC Unit for the Development and Integration of Behaviour was formally set up in 1970 focusing on social development in children and non-human primates, birds and small mammals. The first director was W.H. Thorpe (1902-86). He was succeeded by R.A. Hinde (1923-2016) in 1970 and P.P.G. Bateson (1938-2017) in 1976.


2 linear metre(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

ZOO 11

Related Materials

The personal papers of W.H. Thorpe (MS Add.8784) and P.P.G. Bateson (MS Add.10285 and uncatalogued) are in the Department of Archives and Modern Manuscripts at the University Library. Those of R.A. Hinde are at St John's College Library.


Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour

Finding aid date

2019-11-20 13:06:50+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
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Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom