SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL NCUACS 83/4/99/A.1-NCUACS 83/4/99/A.8
SECTION B RESEARCH NCUACS 83/4/99/B.1-NCUACS 83/4/99/B.73
SECTION C UNIVERSITY OF BATH SCHOOL OF EDUCATION NCUACS 83/4/99/C.1- NCUACS 83/4/99/C.10
SECTION D WILTSHIRE TRUST FOR NATURE CONSERVATION NCUACS 83/4/99/D.1-NCUACS 83/4/99/D.17
SECTION E PUBLICATIONS NCUACS 83/4/99/E.1-NCUACS 83/4/99/E.71
The material is presented in the order given in the contents list. It covers the period from 1936 to 1966.
Section A, Biographical, contains a small amount of material, mainly in photographic form, relating to various aspects of Dowdeswell's academic and teaching career.
Section B, Research, is the largest section in the catalogue and constitutes a fairly comprehensive representation of Dowdeswell's work with isolated butterfly populations in the south west of England over an extended period from 1936 up until 1967. Two series of field notebooks and a set of statistical data relating to the Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) butterfly document Dowdeswell's methods and results including his collaborative work with E. B. Ford. Material relating to Dowdeswell's work on other species of butterfly and on snails also appears in this section.
Section C, University of Bath School of Education, mainly comprises material relating to the major part played by Dowdeswell in one of the School's first joint programmes with industry. The 'Decisions' series of educational resource packs were an innovative way of introducing mathematics, geography and general studies students to the policy-making processes of industry. This section also contains a small amount of photographic material.
Section D, Wiltshire Trust for Nature Conservation, contains material from between 1987 and 1994 relating to Dowdeswell's increased activity within the village of Atworth, Wiltshire, following his retirement. The series of guides to Wiltshire wildlife reserves and nature trails he wrote for the Wiltshire Trust foe Nature Conservation are illustrative of his lifelong commitment to raising awareness and enhancing knowledge of the natural environment.
Section E, Publications, is composed of off-prints of scientific and academic papers and other publications by Dowdeswell. Dating from between 1936 and 1985 these publications are indicative of Dowdeswell's wide range of interests. Subjects covered include curriculum development, butterfly research, practical observations on the teaching of science in schools and universities, genetic ecology and Nuffield Foundation educational projects.