Workshop 1: Collecting

Collecting: Assembling Nuclear Cultural Heritage

Please note that participation in this workshop is by invitation only. Registration is closed now, but if you wish to get more information about the project, please get in touch with Dr Egle Rindzeviciute at

Kingston University London, Knights Park Campus, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2QJ


Friday, 25 January 2019

9.00-9.30 am Arrival and coffee

9.30-9.40 am Introduction and welcome

9.40-11.00 Session 1: Nuclear History: Collections & Sites

Chair: Egle Rindzeviciute (Kingston University)

Miles Oglethorpe (Historic Environment Scotland) Nuclear Heritage as World Heritage?

Irina Klopova and Marina Bratanova (Rosatom Historic and Cultural Centre, Moscow) The Heritage Collection Strategy of the Russian Nuclear Authority

Alison Boyle (Science Museum, London) Nuclear Collections at the Science Museum


11.00-11.15 Coffee


11.15-12.30 Session 2: Assembling a Nuclear Museum

Chair: Egle Rindzeviciute (Kingston University)

Sergei Khlebnikov (Khlopin Radium Institute Museum, St Petersburg) Museumification of the First Russian Radium

Oksana Denisenko (Visaginas Regional Museum, Lithuania) Creating a Museum in a De-Nuclearising Town: The Visaginas Region Museum


12:30-14.00 Lunch at Stanley Picker Gallery and viewing of Katrin Plavcak’s exhibition


14:00-15.00 Session 3: Materialising the Nuclear Cultural Heritage of the Cold War

Chair: Susan Molyneux-Hodgson (Exeter University)

Marina Sakharov-Liberman (Andrei Sakharov Foundation) Nuclear Power and Human Rights

Hannah Rogers (The University of Edinburgh) Exhibiting ““Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons”

Wayne Cocroft (Historic England) The Development and Deployment of Nuclear Weapons: Infrastructure and Legacy


15.00-16.00 Session 4: Collecting Nuclearity: Practices and Institutions

Chair: Sandra Kemp (Lancaster University)

Ele Carpenter (Goldsmiths) Nuclear Imaginaries and Contemporary Art

James Gunn (Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL)) The Dounreay Nuclear Heritage Project

Jonas Žukauskas and Jurga Daubaraitė (Architects) Atomic Architectures and Infrastructures


16.00-17.00 Group work: Reflecting on collecting nuclear cultural heritage – prospects for international cooperation

 17.00-17.30 Presentations of group work, general discussion

 19.30 Dinner 


The AHRC research network Nuclear Cultural Heritage: From Knowledge to Practice


Network steering group

Robert Bud (Science Museum)

Rodney Harrison (UCL)

Susan Hodgson-Molyneux (Exeter University)

Sandra Kemp (Lancaster University)

Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, PI (Kingston University)


Network advisory board

Penny Harvey (University of Manchester)

Jeffrey Hughes† (University of Manchester)

Andrew Stirling (University of Sussex)


Other workshop participants:

Jon Agar, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, University College London

Samuel Alberti, Keeper of Science & Technology, National Museums Scotland

Karen Cunningham, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh

Virginija Januškevičiūtė, Programme Director, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

Edward Lawrenson, Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking, Kingston University London

Linda Ross, PhD student at the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Centre for History

Andrew Weir, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Arts University Bournemouth and a PhD student at Goldsmiths



Dr Eleanor Bavidge, Kingston University London

Ms Samantha Soebardjo, Kingston University London