Workshop and visit to Dounreay nuclear station, Scotland, UK

9-13 September, 2019 Dounreay nuclear station was in operation between 1955 and 1994 and houses two fast breeder reactors and one thermal research reactor, along with fabrication and reprocessing facilities. Next to it is a military nuclear facility with two reactors for submarine developments, in operation between 1965 and 2015. Taken together, there are no less than five reactors located directly on the dramatic shore of Scotland’s northern tip, where the North Sea meats the Atlantic Ocean and create some of the most dangerous water fairways in the world. During a week, about fifteen scholars and heritage professionals from different European countries met in Dounreay and the nearby town of Thurso to engage with the legacies of the nuclear establishment, among them a flourishing community life but also severe contamination problems. The iconic white sphere of the first fast breeder reactor is a landmark in the rural surroundings, now scheduled for dismantling.

Photo courtesy for the group picture DSRL/NDA.

The workshop was organized by Egle Rindzeviciute as part of the AHRC Research Network Nuclear Cultural Heritage: From Knowledge to Practice.