The Nuclear Cultural Heritage Research Network met in Thurso for the Workshop on Interpreting: Nuclear Imaginaries and Mediators. The workshop included a tour of Thurso’s Atomic Estates built for nuclear workers in the 1950s; and a visit to the Dounreay Test Reactor site which is now being decomissioned.
In August 2019 Yelena Popova and Rosy Gray from Norwich Castle Museum organised a visit to Sizewell B Britains only pressurised water reactor (PWR). Yelena and Rosy were joined by Warren Harper and Ele Carpenter for a tour of the plant followed by a walk along the beautiful beach, where Yelena collected stones for her Nuclear Scholar stones project.
Wednesday 27th June, 10.15-13.00.
DATAMI Resonances SciArt 2018 Summer School, Joint Research Council (JRC), EU Commission, Ispra, Milan, Italy, June 2018.
10.15am Presentation by Ele Carpenter on Art, Radiation & Data
11am Participatory Performance in Variable Risk Perception and roundtable discussion with JRC Nuclear Scientists: Paolo Peerani, Vittorio Forcina, Giorgia Cinelli and Marc De Cort.
This amateur radiation monitoring workshop takes place in the spirit of citizen science. It is a partnership between the Nuclear Culture Research Group, the Nuclear Information Service and Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp. The workshop will take place in May 2018 and will involve learning how to use a Rad Eye B20 to survey low level radiation in the environment around the outside perimeter of the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston. The workshop is fully booked.
In July 2017, Ele Carpenter joined the Nuclear History field trip to see the old nuclear bomb stores at RAF Barnham and Honington. Barnham was built to store first-generation Blue Danube atomic bombs, and is undergoing restoration with support from English Heritage. Honington is still an operational RAF base, and houses the Supplementary Storage Area which was used for weapons storage between the late 1950s and 1990s, and the Hardened Aircraft Shelters which were also cleared for bomb storage in the 1990s. The Nuclear History conference group is organised by Dr Richard Moore at the Centre for Science and Security Studies, Dept of War Studies, Kings College London.
Dave Griffiths and Ele Carpenter travelled with BBC Producer Beatrice Pickup and presenter Gordon Young to the Greycroft Stone Circle and Sellafield nuclear site, Cumbria, UK on 23rd January 2017. The day was spent recording for a BBC Radio 4 documentary on ‘Radioactive Art’ broadcast on 2 March 2017: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08g7tv3
Nuclear Culture Project in partnership with Z33, SCK-CEN and NIRAS/NIROND
Artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead, Alexis DeStoop, Maarten Vanden Eynde and Tuur Van Balen along with curators Ele Carpenter and Ils Huygens were given an indepth introduction to the history of Belgian’s nuclear industry, properties of radiation, the HADES research lab in Mol, and the test architecture for the Low Level waste site at Dessel.
Nuclear Culture Field Research: HADES Belgium
Arts Catalyst & Z33 House for Contemporary Arts, Belgium
11 – 13 July 2016
Members of the Nuclear Culture Research Group visited to HADES, Belgium’s underground research lab for geologic disposal of high level radioactive waste. The research trip was organised in partnership with Z33, Hasselt, and ONDRAF / NIRAS the Belgian Agency for radioactive waste and enriched fissile materials. Artists Kota Takeuchi, Andy Weir, David Griffiths and curators Ils Huygens and Ele Carpenter spent three days visiting Z33 in Hasselt, meeting with our partners at ONDRAF / NIRAS and SCK-CEN going into the underground research laboratory. The field research trip is part of the Z33 research programme on Time.
Constructed in 1980 the HADES lab is 255m underground and built in a deep clay for the purpose of researching the possibility of geological disposal in clay. Like underground laboratories in France, Sweden and Japan, the research lab is not intended to be used as a final repository for radioactive waste. Hades is also the Greek God of the underworld.
Lise Autogena and Ele Carpenter presented at the the InSOTEC conference ‘Rethinking what is Social and What is Technical in (Long term) Radioactive Waste Management’, in Berlin, 12-13 November 2013.
In September 2014 Ele Carpenter attended the Constructing Memory Conference, Verdun, Northern France, and presented a poster of Thomson & Craighead’s proposal for a Nuclear Semiotic Marker. The conference included a field trip to the CIEGO Underground Research Laboratory for storage of high level radioactive waste at Bure, 500m below ground.