Archive centreWhitehaven
TitleMary Kipling, oral history interview
DescriptionProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers visiting grandmother’s house in Moor Row during school holidays; views of Sellafield; concerns regarding nuclear industry and radiation; effect of Sellafield on St Bees; being an anti-war protestor and attending marches and events; changing views of Sellafield; discussing new reactors at possible sites of Kirksanton and Braystones which may be built; positive support for Sellafield site; being a neighbourhood development officer; RWE; large number of contractors during THORP build and benefit to local people; Aunt who was a district nurse spoke at Thorp enquiry; positives of new build; young people returning from University; employment; acceptable levels of radiation; Greenpeace using Geiger counters and beaches closed in 1983; dust samples taken from house; lack of openness of management; blame culture; closer monitoring; pollution from Sellafield and other industry; foraging for brambles; Chernobyl incident; remembering 1957 Windscale fire; thoughts on living with Sellafield.
Access conditionsResearchers are required to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 when using personal data of individuals who are living or likely to be alive (assuming a lifespan of 100 years) contained within the file. Further information available in the relevant Privacy Note on the Cumbria County Council website.
ContextBorn in Yorkshire, had strong family ties to West Cumbria and moved here in mid seventies. Worked as youth and community worker, and joined anti-war protests. Mixed views on Sellafield that fluctuate over the years.
Catalogue levelFile
Subject termsOral history



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