Collection MS 367 - John Burdin National Counselling and Guidance Archive

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MS 367


John Burdin National Counselling and Guidance Archive


  • 1961-c.2015 (Creation)

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10 Boxes

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Biographical history

John W. Burdin, born 5th November 1934 in Doncaster, studied at Kings College London from 1953-1956, and graduated with an Honours degree in Zoology, also receiving the Jelf Medal for the Science faculty. He continued his studies at Leeds University 1956-1957, receiving a Diploma in Education. Burdin taught biology at Temple Moor Grammar School, Leeds from 1957-1962 before moving to Glasgow to lecture at Jordanhill College of Education in 1963 and 1964. In 1965, Burdin became HM Inspector for Schools (Scotland) and stayed in this post for 30 years, retiring in Dec 1994. Due to his outstanding commitment to Guidance, he was made Honorary President of the Scottish Guidance Association

He also had a keen interest in hillwalking and was president of the Grampian club and in 1983 founded the Dundee Mountain Film Festival. He also played cricket for Grove FPs. He died in 2022 at the age of 87.

Archival history

Majority kept by John W. Burdin then deposited to the National Library of Scotland, who then decided they would not keep the collection and so it was passed onto University of Dundee Archives. MS 367/10-11 deposited directly with the University archives

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An archive relating to Scottish developments in guidance, counselling and pastoral care


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Usually chronological within series.

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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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MS 367

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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