History of the Society

The Archive contains a unique collection of sources that demonstrate the work of nutritional scientists since 1941, and the collaborations among scientists which have helped to advance the study of both human and animal nutrition science.

The development of the Archive

Although the Society's Trustees and staff for many years collected records and documents that were seen as relevant to the Society, it was only in 2016 that the first attempts were made to formally document the materials ahead of the Society's 75th Anniversary celebrations. Bringing on board a qualified archivist to continue the task of categorising the records, a selection of materials from the Archives was displayed for the first time in its history at the 2016 Winter Conference. Showcasing seven decades of development in nutrition science, and the contribution of Society members to progress made in the field, the exhibition was a resounding success.

As a result, the decision was taken to continue the ongoing process of categorisation and curation. Several exhibitions have subsequently followed, with the Archive now running a regular programme of displays and exhibitions at a number of different nutrition science events and meetings.

Looking forward

As one of the leading archive repositories in the field of nutritional science, the Society is particularly keen to support proactive acquisitions, and welcomes donations; in particular relating to the Irish and Scottish Sections of the Society.

Ongoing work continues to improve the conservation, preservation, and cataloguing of the Society’s collections. At present, any interested parties should contact the Society's archivist with enquiries about accessing the archive.