One Health: human responsibility for animal health and welfare in Scotland, 1840-present


  • University of Edinburgh

  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Project summary

This is a collaborative project between Edinburgh University Library (EUL) and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). We will catalogue, preserve and selectively digitise three collections that provide an intersection for research, evidence and debate about human and animal health and well-being. The archives are from animal protection charity OneKind, Royal (Dick) Veterinary College and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS).

We will create interoperable online catalogues and ensure long-term preservation by rehousing collections and conserving at-risk items. We will digitise key illustrative material and make it available using interactive technology. We will create a dynamic website, providing contextual information for public engagement and research. We will engage research communities and the wider public through social media, articles, talks, conferences, interventions and events and lay the foundations for further projects, scoping further related collections.

This archive could help create a better understanding of the relationships between human and animal health and changing historical trends and ethical positions.