National Institute for Research in Dairying Archive

Reference: D NIRD, D 2NIRD, D 3NIRD, D 4NIRDDate: 1880-1999Extent: 24 series; 30 linear meters; 1 box; 10 photograph albums

The Research Institute in Dairying was established at University College, Reading by the Board of Agriculture in 1912. In 1921 the Shinfield Estate was purchased to accommodate it and in the same year it changed its name to The National Institute for Research in Dairying (NIRD). The Institute was concerned with research into the production and uses of milk and improving methods in the dairy industry. Part of this involved the testing of dairying apparatus. On 1 April 1985 the Institute was replaced by the Grassland Research Institute, Hurley and the Food Research Institute, Reading.

The archive is split across four deposits of material.

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Alfred Tennant Cowie (D COWIE)

Dr Alfred Tennant Cowie (1916-2003) was an endocrinologist who worked for much of his career at the National Institute of Research in Dairying at the University of Reading.

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A handlist for the whole collection can be found here.

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