Fieldwork in Moscow, Russia

From Murmansk, Egle Rindzeviciute travelled to Moscow, where she visited three important museums that belong to the National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”. Kurchatov Institute is the central institution of the Soviet Russian nuclear programme. It is unique in that it kept the first pile reactor, F-1, operational until very recently. The pile reactor is now part of a museum: it has remained as it is, with fuel rods loaded in it. An interesting exhibition on the international development of nuclear physics and the design of nuclear reactors has been added to the building. In addition to F-1, Kurchatov Institute boasts a wonderfully preserved memorial house-museum of Igor Kurchatov. The house, designed in the Italianate style, is surrounded by woods and is taken care of by the director, Dr Raisa Kuznetsova. Finally, the institute has its own archive and an interesting museum that narrates the development of the institute itself and nuclear physics research in Russia.

Egle Rindzeviciute’s fieldwork concluded with a visit to the ROSATOM’s Central Research Institute of Chemical Technology (VNIIKhT), which is home to what is often described as the world’s largest collection of uranium ore.