Workshop 2: Interpreting

Visiting Dounreay. Photography credits: DSRL/NDA

Interpreting: Nuclear Imaginaries and Mediators

9-13 September 2019

Thurso, Scotland

Monday, 9 September 2019


Tuesday, 10 September 2019

A walk through Thurso’s “atomic estates,” Pennyland to the West of the river and Mount Vernon to the East of the river, guided by Linda Ross and James Gunn. 

Bus trip to Dunnet Head and Mary Ann’s cottage, a traditional croft museum, with a stop at Dunnet Bay distillery, departing from the Pentland hotel.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Guided tour of the Dounreay site by James Gunn, meeting with the members of Dounreay Stakeholder Group.

Presentation of the reactor decommissioning process by Raymond Hill (Senior Project Manager DFR operations) and Ron Hibbert (Senior Project Manager, Reactor Breeder Operations).

Workshop at Dounreay: Interpreting nuclear cultural heritage: narratives, stories, disciplines, audiences.

Speakers: Phil Cartwright (Dounreay, Head of Reactor Operations), Jonathan Hogg (Liverpool), Anna Storm (Linkoping), Linda Ross (Highlands and Islands), Sam Alberti (National Museum of Scotland).

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Guided tour and presentation of the NDA archives Nucleus in Wick by Chris Sinclair

Workshop at Nucleus: The categorisation and institutionalisation of nuclear cultural heritage: Current challenges for the shaping of atomic collections in the museum and the archives.

Presentation of the documentation and archiving strategy: Martin Robb (National Programme Manager Information Governance).

Speakers: Frank Dittmann (Deutsches Museum), Robert Bud and Oliver Carpenter (Science Museum), Philip Greatorex and Will Bell (Sellafield), Sandra Kemp (Lancaster).

Workshop in Thurso: Group work: draft a position paper on nuclear cultural heritage

Friday 13th September 2019



List of participants

Samuel Alberti, Keeper of Science and Technology, the National Museum of Scotland

Will Bell, Information and Records Manager, Sellafield

Robert Bud, Emeritus, Science Museum London

Ele Carpenter, Reader in Curating, Goldsmiths

Oliver Carpenter, Curator of Infrastructure and Built Environment, Science Museum London

Phil Cartwright, Head of Reactor Operations, Dounreay Site Ltd.

Wayne Cocroft, manages the Historic Places Investigation East team, and chairs the internal Military and First World War Network, Historic England,

Frank Dittman, Deutsches Museum, Curator of Energy Technology, Power Engineering and Automation, Deutsches Museum, Germany

David Flear, Dounreay Stakeholder Group

Philip Greatorex, Knowledge and Information Manager, Sellafield

James Gunn, Heritage Officer, Dounreay Site Ltd

Ron Hibbert, Senior Project Manager, Reactor Breeder Operations, Dounreay Site Ltd

Raymond Hill, Senior Project Manager DFR operations, Dounreay Site Ltd

Jonathan Hogg, Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century History, University of Liverpool

Sandra Kemp, Professor and Director of the Ruskin-Library, Museum and Research Centre, Lancaster University

Susan Molyneux-Hodgson, Professor of Sociology, Exeter University

Egle Rindzeviciute, Associate Professor of Criminology and Sociology, Kingston University London

Martin Robb, National Programme Manager Information Governance, NDA

Linda Ross, PhD, University of the Highlands and Islands

Roger Saxon, Chairman, Dounreay Stakeholder Group

Anna Storm, Professor of Technology and Social Change, Linkoping University, Sweden

Aditi Verma, Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics, Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD, France


At Nucleus archives: Chris Sinclair, Site Manager, and Gordon Reid, Head Archivist.

Caithness Horizons Museum sadly remains closed. The director: Joanne Howdle.