A new archive has opened its doors to the public for the first time, bring together historical nuclear records from all over the UK.
The facility, funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), is located near one of the UK’s earliest nuclear research sites, Dounreay in Scotland.
The Nucleus archive, which houses records including plans, drawings, photographs and other information, will be the first nuclear collection transferred from 17 NDA sites.
The facility includes a reading room and community space for exhibitions, study or training and will employ around 20 archivists, preservation experts and support staff.
A project, expected to last at least five years, is now underway to collect thousands records from locations across the UK for transfer to Nucleus.
Stephen Henwood, NDA Chairman said: “For many decades, Dounreay was at the forefront of the development of the British and world, nuclear industry and now Nucleus will see this knowledge protected for future generations.”