A unique archive housing records from the earliest days of the UK’s nuclear industry is gearing up to open next month. Located near former nuclear power station Dounreay in Caithness, the Highlands, the facility, named Nucleus (The Nuclear and Caithness Archives), will bring together a vast collection of records, plans, photographs and drawings from sites around the UK. The £21 million investment by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) will also house historic Scottish material from the Caithness Archives, with records dating back to the 16th century. Records from Dounreay, which is being decommissioned, will be the first nuclear collection transferred to Nucleus from the NDA’s 17 sites. Sellafield alone has more than 80,000 boxes of archived records in off-site storage, plus material on site and in various offices – estimated as stretching, if laid out, to more than 120km worth of paperwork. The archive will also fulfil an important role for the future geological disposal facility (GDF) that is being developed for the UK, acting as a central repository for detailed waste records that must be safeguarded for many generations.
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