Place codeNA148
Full place name entrySellafield Nuclear Reprocessing Plant/Seascale/Cumberland
Place NameSellafield Nuclear Reprocessing Plant
Area2Seascale
Area4Cumberland
Grid RefNY 0302
Notes1981-

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ReferenceTitleDescriptionDateArchive centre
YBNFLBritish Nuclear Fuels Limitedc1955Whitehaven
YDX 462/1/11Whitehaven HarbourWhitehaven harbour
Sellafield Visitors Centre
Catherine Street
1980-1986Whitehaven
YDX 462/1/8Candlestick chimneyCandlestick chimney, Wellington Pit
Sellafield Visitors Centre
Isle of Man
1980-1986Whitehaven
PH/1576/8Sellafield postcardView of Windscale Pile 1 and Pile 2 and WAGR (golf ball - Windscale Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor)c1980Whitehaven
PH/1470/2View of beach looking towards Sellafield taken from clifftop1961Whitehaven
SS/100John Rule, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2011Whitehaven
SS/99Walter Langworthy, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2011Whitehaven
SS/12Alan Hayton, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
School; hobbies; voluntary work; teaching at Derwentwater Sailing Club; Duke of Edinburgh awards; Netherhall Sailing Club; working on nuclear flasks; Central Electricity Generating Board; international nuclear authorities; career progression; quality assurance; surveyor’s job with Eagle Star; Calder Hall; Fell Side; Vitrification Plant; Site Services; pumping stations; Pond Five; Health and Safety Inspectorate; Nuclear Installations Inspectorate; British Nuclear Fuels; ships transporting nuclear flasks; James Fisher; armed merchantmen; piracy in the South China Seas; irradiated areas; protective equipment; remote inspection equipment; PVC suits; C3 area; heat exposure; decontamination; procedure for de-suiting; showering; thoughts on Sellafield; commuting; incompetence in management; health and safety culture; pre-cancerous growths; contamination; travelling abroad; travelling around site by bike; appearing as expert witness for HSE after fatality in Sunderland; risks in other industries.
2010Whitehaven
SS/80Paul Adamson and Olave Adamson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/54Vince McCourt, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/97Peter Frost-Pennington, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/77Jenny Jones, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/95Mrs Linda Johnston, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/88Malcolm Lightfoot, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/87Cyril McCourt, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/43Peter Richardson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/58John Johnson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/90Alan Alexander, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/56Gerry Eggers, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/42Tim Smith, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/52Mrs Judy Hall, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/33John O'Brien, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/98Patrick Gordon-Duff-Pennington, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/10Dave Banks, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers moving from Kettering to West Cumbria as a young boy; school life; initial thoughts on working at Sellafield; apprenticeship scheme; bus travel; security at main gate; changing clothes; explaining barrier procedure; Building 229; Engineering Development Group; working with plutonium; glove boxes; health & safety; Building 209; security system; Windscale suit; Spembly Unit; connecting up to airlines; dressing and undressing process; criticality; what to do in emergency; implications of working with plutonium; encampment of Greenham Common women; Greenpeace gaining entry; feelings of local people towards protestors; lack of government support; interaction between different parts of site; QFE radiation detector; protective equipment; travelling to work; problems with middle management; American relations with unions; becoming County Councillor and Copeland Councillor.
2010Whitehaven
SS/75Bert Anderton, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/60Colin McCourt, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/66Hazel Gatford, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/72Neil Hanlon, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/94Margaret Davis, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/81Doug Cooper, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/73Alan Barnes, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/63Tim Knowles, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/16Joe Farrell, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers family background, childhood and school; 1920s in Cleator Moor; father’s allotment; description of house growing up; holidays; local railway line; farm working; working in the Iron ore mines; being in the Army; thoughts on working at Sellafield; working on the cooling towers; describing the construction process; lack of safety equipment; compressor house; Ministry of Works; Windscale 1957 fire; bringing contamination home; Chernobyl; living in pre-fab housing; local people working at Sellafield; concerns about waste; shopping at Cleator Moor; memories of home life growing up; Depression; fairs coming to Cleator Moor; outbreak of war; market days.
2010Whitehaven
SS/27Brian Sharples, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers schools and education; wages clerk duties; discipline in the office; socialising with colleagues; Calder Club; training courses; secrecy surrounding Calder Hall; Ministry of Defence; producing plutonium; bomb factory; shift working in B30; Thorp; experience of managing staff; attitudes of people in B30; contamination in B30; annual and daily dose limits; B36 changeroom; working in B38; training; contamination issues; Magnox; change in dose rates; experience of people at Hiroshima; working in B38; Suitably Qualified Experienced Person (SQEP); box encapsulation plant; training coordinator; safe systems of work training; Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) audit; B41 storage silo; Retrievals project; storage of Magnox swarf; camaraderie; retirement.
2010Whitehaven
SS/28John Dalton, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/46Brian Cottier, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/44John Brown, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/62Joss Naylor, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/79Pat Kirkham, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/65Tom Jones, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/67Ella Dawson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/70John Porter, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/69Tom O'Brien, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/51John Hall, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/85Anne Pickford, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/82George Heslop and Iris Heslop, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/86David Day, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/93Ian Rule, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/17Denis Woolley, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers family background, schools, education, training and army career; producing material for atomic bombs; Chemical Services Department; Building 229; new technology; devising methods for taking samples; working on Sea Tanks and Ponds; experience during war; blitz; bombing; evacuation; Tritium; feelings about working on bombs; health and safety; whole body monitoring; plutonium alpha particles; protective clothing; yearly medicals; housing; community spirit; community events; building of Calder Hall; road network; training as a Calder Guide; Chapman Pincher; incident with fuel rods; beach incident; leukaemia clusters; health & safety; handling chemicals; first computers in the department; Local Liaison Committee; allaying community fears; 1957 Windscale fire; unpredictable radiation doses; working in the labs; taking milk samples from farms; Wigner release; Midland Silicones; producing materials for the nuclear programme; public awareness and public protection; helping Americans produce the bomb; producing plutonium; Calder Reactors running hotter than Windscale Piles; awareness of dangers; personal dosimeters; working in highly contaminated area; Tom Tuohy; Joss Thornley (Joss’s boys); family safety concerns; American reports on aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; confidence in the site and the area.
2010Whitehaven
SS/53Colin Greenbank, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/8Nev Ramsden, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers schools and education; memories of wartime in Barrow; big snow of 1947; memories of Czech uprising; Cold War; stories of British developing nuclear weapons; Atomic Bomb Factory; Official Secrets Act; staying at Greengarth; keeping a uranium rod in desk drawer; R Group Laboratories; Research Group; PhD; assisting at the reactors; removing samples from reactor; hand castle; radioactive samples; Lab 131; TNT plant; 1957 Windscale fire; history of Greengarth and description of accommodation; Holmrook Hall; Buster Crabb; Analytical Services; Bio Medical Laboratory; carrying out samples on grass; Building 229; Wild Barfield Muffle Furnace; milk analysis; monitoring of staff; decisions to turn off blowers and to add water; press visiting Greengarth; building first computer on Sellafield site; Cumberland Motor Services buses; Greengarth Hostel; Sellafield housing schemes; plan for development of Seascale; prefab housing; Sellafield Area Sports and Recreational Association; effect of Sellafield on local economy; demilitarisation of factory; change in organisations - MINISTRY OF SUPPLY, UKAEA, BNFL; Calder Hall.
2010Whitehaven
SS/41Alan Postlethwaite, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/45Keith Chisholm, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/48Michael Toman, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/50Tricia Richardson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/55John Richardson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/57Bernard Langstaff, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/61Barry Snelson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/64Ronnie Stafford, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/68Jamie Reed, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/74Ken Mawson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/76Ronnie Watson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/78Maurice Steele, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/83David Norton, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/84Lyn Walby, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/89Lisa Smitham, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/91Edward Davis, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/92Enid Winter, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/96Jill Perry, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/3John Kane, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers growing up in Whitehaven and school experiences; Uncle being one of the first people to be employed at Calder Hall; working at Headguard’s factory and at Smith’s; impressions of Sellafield; working in B7, later known as Mox Demonstration Facility and in main reprocessing plant called building 205; training and difference in wages between UKAEA and BNFL; darts, football, running and the opportunity to turn professional darts player; the Windscale Club, the Falcon Club and the Calder Club; becoming shop steward for the plant then Convenor; interest in trade unions, strike in 1977 and Industrial Relations Course; negotiations and relations with management; Thorp licensing and the ‘Trust Us’ campaign and bus tour; members carrying out environmental monitoring; Greenpeace radio debate; explanation of data falsification incident by Mox Demonstration Facility; ‘Beyond 2000’ initiative; feelings about treatment by management over health issues; visits to Japan, Statement of Cooperation between Japan, UK and France and answering questions in press conference in Japan; Japanese union, Denryoku Soren; Greenpeace invading Sellafield, Bono and U2; being a local councillor.
2010Whitehaven
SS/37Marjorie Higham, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/2Richard Hardiman, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers family’s move from Newbury to Egremont and being bullied at school; segregation of Sellafield workers (managers and blue collar workers); Windscale and Calder Clubs and SASRA Swimming Club; description of prefabs and prefab estate; Sir John Cockcroft and Cockcroft’s follies; development of Sellafield site and manufacture of explosives; William Pit disaster and ex-miners; explaining how a reactor works; taking eleven plus and feelings about grammar schools; females attending pre-nursing course and males attending pre-agricultural course; attending training course at Newton Rigg Agricultural College; first black and white television; recruitment campaign at Sellafield, starting as a process worker in B13; foreman and chargehand training; motorbike accident at Gosforth; construction of new Pond 5; EP2 Encapsulation plant; safety culture and product safety; management style; Windscale 1957 fire.
2010Whitehaven
SS/4Bayard Ariss, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers memories of Coventry being bombed; joining Ministry of Supply; working in Springfields, Lancashire and remembering incidents there; living at Highways Hostel and at Greengarth Hostel; Building 204; chemical analysis; separating fission products; carrying out experiments; climbing inside chimney to carry out tests and taking samples from top; lead bricks and Geiger counters; oxidation; protective equipment; problems with glove boxes; explaining reactions; working with uranium; change from Windscale to Sellafield; equipment designed at Risley; Chapman Pincher visit; producing plutonium and explaining burn up time; Windscale 1957 fire; Wigner release; housing allocated to Windscale workers; commuting; security in the early days; uniform; smoking on breaks; working at Aldermaston carrying out decontamination studies; Bismuth; polonium; weapons; Khrushchev visit; Cold War; designing new equipment; Castles; Building 229; explaining hierarchy; number of workers; shift pattern; relations working with TNT at Drigg; visiting radio chemical centre at Amersham; no concerns about working with radioactive material; absorbing plutonium; joining the Air Training Corps; railways; travelling on milk train.
2010Whitehaven
SS/7Arthur Kane, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers attending grammar school and further education; working at the Iron and Steel works, Border Engineering and Courtaulds; family life; being Treasurer of Workington Reds Supporters Club; socialising at the Calder Club; perceptions of Sellafield being unsafe; waiting for a council house; becoming involved in union; dealing with a stammer and being bullied at school; comparing procedures now with earlier days; plutonium finishing storage; running Arrowthwaite football club and involvement with Calder Club; fund raising; Alfie Chambers; becoming Chargehand and dealing with responsibility; conflict with new manager; new initiatives on site; Windscale 1957 fire; Sellafield Visitors' Centre; closure of the Calder Club; celebrating the new Millennium; smoking; suggestion scheme; Voluntary Severance Terms.
2010Whitehaven
SS/15Mary Todd, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers experiences at Mayfield School (private prep school) & boarding at Charlotte Mason School; conveyancing with Sellafield; negotiating with farmers selling their farms to BNFL; Windscale 1957 fire and milk being poured away; farmers relocating; change in agriculture; BNFL redeveloping Whitehaven town centre; regeneration of area; putting money into community; dealings with BNFL legal department; Sellafield Churches Forum (set up in 1996); ethical viewpoint of nuclear power; thoughts on energy production; problems of waste disposal; wind and wave power; data falsification issue; Sellafield Churches Forum Liaison with Sellafield management; openness and confidentiality; dealing with waste; storage issues; possibility of new build; Lowes Court Gallery and Rosehill Theatre; general feelings about Sellafield.
2010Whitehaven
SS/25Mary Johnson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers childhood at Low Sellafield Farm; mixed agriculture; farm helpers and girls in domestic service; train journeys to school; County Minor Scholarship; TNT factory established; compulsory purchase of farm and effect on family; compulsory purchase of local farms, shop and station; father renting fishing garth from Calder Abbey; explanation of a fishing garth; husband attending religious meetings at Sellafield; feelings about nuclear industry; changes at Calderbridge; Mothers’ Union and Women’s Institute; closure of local pub; parish church numbers; memories of 1957 Windscale fire and milk being poured down drains; thoughts on proposed new nuclear builds; memories of father farming.
2010Whitehaven
SS/13Mary Kipling, oral history interviewProject 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; changing views of Sellafield; discussing new reactors at possible sites of Kirksanton and Braystones; 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, speaking at Thorp enquiry; positives of new build; young people returning from University; employment; acceptable levels of radiation; Greenpeace using Geiger counters and beaches being closed in 1983; dust samples being taken from house; lack of openness of management; blame culture; closer monitoring; pollution from Sellafield and other industry; foraging for brambles; Chernobyl incident; 1957 Windscale fire; thoughts on living with Sellafield.
2010Whitehaven
SS/11Mike McCrickard, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers dad delivering sand to build B6 chimneys; parents living in an Airey house on Whitegate, Egremont; applying for different jobs after leaving school; initiation experience at Millers Shoe Factory; steel fixing contracting at Sellafield working on Vit Line one and two; applying for jobs at Sellafield and family links with IRA; working at Faslane Naval base and French Kier at Sizewell then for Balfour Kilpatricks at THORP; influx of contractors into West Cumbria; conflicts in local area with contractors; working for Pall Mall Industrial Cleaning, sorting out stores and highlighting fraud; getting job with BNFL; being put forward for DV vetting; discrimination against applicants; doing evening classes and gaining qualifications; winning title of Adult Learner of the Year; awareness of pilfering; BNFL police breaking into lock-ups.
2010Whitehaven
SS/47Lauren Elliott, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/30Donald Crellin, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/31Leo McDonald, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SS/71Gordon Whitney, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.2010Whitehaven
SSSellafield Stories Oral History ProjectOne hundred interviews of varying lengths, with people of varying connections to the Windscale/Sellafield nuclear site. Each interview file contains CD of full recording of interview for consultation by researchers along with a summary of the interview and a full transcript of the interview.
Restricted access (not for production): interviewee's clearance papers.
2010-2011Whitehaven
SS/18David Head, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers memories of evacuees during the war; comparing working in the pits with working at Sellafield; commuting; becoming Chargehand and keeping the peace between workers of different religions; welding duties; welding gear and protective equipment; welding in a Windscale Suit; working in B30; accident of being hit with a bar; father working in the mines and mother worrying; comparing safety of Sellafield to mines; Greenpeace catching Sellafield putting stuff out; men cutting through sea pipe; six being caught with radiation; radiation bleeps; QFE devices; incident of man falling over the side of storage tank; inadequate workers; remembering characters; pride over standards; dangers of accidents; the future.
2010Whitehaven
SS/19Charles Cross, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers growing up in Whitehaven, family life, schools and education; working at Hardy’s Furniture Store, Kangol and Whitehaven Borough Council; wife’s attitude to working at Sellafield; duties in decontamination section; problems with use of gen clean; decontamination of slitter heads; separation of radioactive material within effluent tanks; fumes from nitric acid; protective clothing; delivery of nitric acid; difference between alpha and beta gamma; firing cylinders; perception of Sellafield; Thorp and Pond five; moving into 259 new decontamination plant, problems with new building; on the job training; safety; testing of masks and Windscale suits; failure of suits; dressing into and checking of suits; monitoring air supply to workers in active areas; contamination of roads; Sellafield fire brigade; fire training course; driving Green Goddess; HGV licence training; equipment sent to Chernobyl; training in the event of terrorism or leak; accidents and incidents, fire brigade running ambulances; fire brigade pump competition; remembering rescue incidents; refusing promotion and retiring early; Greenpeace demonstrating on site.
2010Whitehaven
SS/20Eric Greenslade, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers bombing of Barrow during the war; moving to Newcastle and Secondary education in the north east; engineering apprenticeship at Vickers Armstrong; joining RAF and being posted to Egypt; joining Cumberland and Westmorland Constabulary; police involvement in 1957 fire; involvement with Seaton murder investigation; relationship with Sellafield police force; personal views on Sellafield; police involvement in protests, demonstrations and 1977/78 strike; police involvement in miners’ strike and difference in approach; promotion to chief superintendent; membership of Sellafield Local Liaison committee; H&S evacuation of population exercise; effect of Chernobyl accident on emergency planning; Greenpeace protest against Sellafield and Marchon pipelines; specialist equipment for police; firearm certificates for UKAEA and legislative authority; police escort for Dounreay waste from Workington to Sellafield; UKAEA police on trains; personal impressions of Sellafield and views on impact of Sellafield on the area.
2010Whitehaven
SS/34Norman Blakeney, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers family life, schools and education; apprenticeship with TS Bell in Whitehaven; joining armed forces; postings and duties during second world war; driving for Cumberland Motor Services and Blue Circle at Marchon; driving constructor buses at Sellafield moving construction staff around site; site clearance at Sellafield; driving a skip wagon, canteen van and instrument van on Sellafield; chauffeur driving on Sellafield; getting pilot’s licence; 1957 fire and driving workers off site; precautions in active areas; line management; housing shortage.
2010Whitehaven
SS/36Dick Raaz, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers family background; US Navy career as submarine officer; working for Westinghouse, MKBNFL, Washington Group, URS; projects at Rocky Flats, MOX, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant; bid to apply WIPP model to LLWR; first visit to UK in 1964; demolition and waste issues at Sellafield; public perception and community myths; importance of open communication; NDA bid; changes to LLWR; management of radioactive waste; impressions of Sellafield and West Cumbria; UKs attitude to Sellafield; impact of Sellafield on local labour markets; infrastructure of West Cumbria; balance between industry & lake district; secrecy surrounding nuclear industry; personal reception and perceptions of Sellafield.
2010Whitehaven
SS/26Peter McLean, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers schools and education; building of Thorp; feelings about going to work at Sellafield; work being stopped for health and safety reasons; sea discharges; moving goalposts; thoughts on Sellafield’s high profile compared to other nuclear plants; press coverage; Greenpeace protestors burning hole in pipeline; U2 and mass protest; storming site; stopping discharge to sea; Greenpeace injunction and monitoring Greenpeace divers; diving team duties, inspecting pipeline, maintenance and diving equipment; abundance of underwater life; working on the boat, safety and weather conditions; training; hierarchy in the diving team; incident involving a diver becoming trapped; HSE investigation and confiscating equipment; working in Thorp; explanation of duties of a fitter; problems with contractors working on Sea Line Two; pipes washing up on the beach; increase in security; working for demolition team and explanation of demolition work; B6 pile chimney and B204 chimney; archive footage of chimneys being built; commissioning of Thorp; structured procedures; good safety culture; feelings about new nuclear builds, wind farms and impact of wind farms on sea beds and sea life.
2010Whitehaven
SS/29Peter Graham, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers schools, education and apprenticeships; living in Sellafield housing in Seascale; thoughts on living near nuclear industry; working in Silver Ball; Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor; graphite workshop at Lillyhall; managing people; dealing with emergencies; beach incident; controls for sea discharge; Department of the Environment Inspector visit; discharging into the sea; safe storage; modifications; low morale; refusal of underground storage; Thorp being commissioned; buying tea shop, gallery and self-catering business; splitting up the Sellafield site to be managed by different companies; Sellafield Information System; Bulletin Board; confused objectives; what to do with waste; hobbies of sculpting and oil painting.
2010Whitehaven
SS/35Cyril McManus, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers growing up in Harras Moor, schools and education; Walkmill Colliery book; miners; William pit explosion; community life; Red Lonning; ill health; effect of war and evacuees on schools; Cockermouth hiring fair; farm working; joining Royal Marines Commando section; Royal Marine training; postings in Hong Kong and Malaya during Malayan Emergency; military discharge because of foot injury; parents’ attitude to coal mining; atomic bomb; Official Secrets Act; shift working; night school; charge hand and foreman positions; research and development work in building 204; pulse columns; building 209 south plutonium finishing plant; building 209 north; the butex plant building 205; radioactive areas; physicists and chemists; radioactive discharges; incidents of worker contamination; piles one and two; north group; protection from gloves; buildings 242, 215 and 229; radioactive waste; working with plutonium; vitrification plant; contamination and samples taken; emergency masks; 1957 fire; leukaemia cluster; Tom Tuohy; Bill Crone; Calder Hall; closing down the reactors; colleague’s exposure to plutonium; working on AGR; plutonium fuel plant building 277; Dounreay fast reactor; glove box; waste disposal; local board of enquiry on 1957 fire; collecting samples outside of site; Drigg recovery of magazines; waste buried at Drigg; Staff union chairman; publicity; Windscale suits; Safety and Training Manager; emergency exercises; courses for plutonium training; high contamination materials; decontamination centre; sea discharge incident & inquiry board; whole body monitor and full body burden reached; being withdrawn from all active area work; new graduate scheme; work in change rooms and attendants’ strike; writing a book on the legacy of Sellafield.
2010Whitehaven
SS/40Nigel Garbutt, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers reading The Manhattan Project by Herman Griff; remembering interview board; clerical job in procurement; remembering site at that time; leaving and coming back after 5 years and noticing site changes; decommissioning projects; dealing with different companies for contracts; local companies; Sellafield’s effect on local businesses; European directives; explosive charge welding and change in welding methods; changes to the site over the years; 1945 McMahon Act; building of Thorp; turnkey projects; building of Pond Five; Evap D; bringing goods in by barge; building transporter bridge; CORE; 1983 beach incident and action taken by Greenpeace; working in MOX on spares problems; explanation of Fast Forward; losing experienced staff and knowledge; remembering St Bees; changes in Whitehaven; Marchon; impact of Sellafield on the area; Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and 1957 Windscale fire.
2010Whitehaven
YDSO 39/50/2Sellafield North Tip extension, archaeological evaluation reportFeb 1997Whitehaven
SS/39Ken Smith, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers family background, schools and education; joining Royal Air Force; commuting to Sellafield by train; Rugby Union and being Club Captain for Furness; initial feelings about radiation and nuclear industry; nuclear weapons; building 229; separating Cesium 137 from waste; treatment of cancer; new plant set up; building 212; sources used in hospitals; working on project to separate Trodium 90 from liquors; 1957 Windscale Fire and family feelings; collecting milk samples from farms; United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority; training at Sellafield; commuting; retiring at sixty; idea to get rid of odourless kerosene; concerns regarding kerosene; Tributyl phosphate (TBP); solvent treatment plant; work carried out at Winfrith and Risley; discharging to sea; taking samples; moving to Seascale; contracting pneumonia; fishing; impact of health and safety on research and development; International Solvent Extraction Conference; pollution on the beach; what the site has achieved; reprocessing or storage of materials; feelings of local people towards new build and storage; benefits to local economy; remembering Thorp being built; children working at Sellafield; Sellafield sponsoring students at University.
2010Whitehaven
SS/38Eric Robson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers family life, schools and education; working at Border Television and BBC Newcastle; feelings about plant; discharges and low level radiation; leukaemia clusters; attitudes of workers and local people; incomers; Nuclear Installations Inspectorate; contamination of Irish Sea; magazines at Drigg; contaminated cameras; photographing inside reactors; borehole project; stories from Aldermaston; making critical television programmes; Jake Kelly and PR; supporting new build; Marchon; nuclear contamination and incidents; green energy, wind power and turbines; being harried by anti-nuclear campaigners; sites for proposed new build; Chairman of Cumbria Tourism; tourism alongside Sellafield; covering protests at Sellafield; dealing with waste; long term storage; new MOX plant; effects of Sellafield on community and local economy; benefits to local community; 1957 Windscale fire and milk being poured down drains; effects of Chernobyl.
2010Whitehaven
SS/23Dr V W Eldred, oral history interviewSeparate accompanying recording of Pamela Mary Eldred. Project file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers schools and education; Department of Scientific and Industrial Research; coalmines and sampling coal; UKAEA; the Smyth Report; utilising atomic energy for peaceful purposes; research at Cambridge; post irradiation examination of fuel elements; producing plutonium for atom bombs; production of electricity; working for Ministry of Supply, Atomic Energy Authority and British Nuclear Fuels; living at Greengarth; teaching in Seascale School; lecturing abroad; 1957 Windscale fire and pouring milk away; testing of milk; leukaemia cases; mountaineering club; Wyndham Search and Rescue Team; integrating in local community; visiting other nuclear power stations in UK; progression of the site regarding safety; Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII); changes in health and safety; bringing wealth to West Cumbria; chairing the Local Joint Industrial Council; remembering protestors and Greenpeace blocking pipe; West Cumbrians accepting nuclear energy.
2010Whitehaven
SS/5Betty Pullin, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers family life and schools; father working on security at Sellafield prior to opening; father getting job working in golf ball; father’s ill health; father’s views on Sellafield; Christmas parties; Calder Club;
working at County Garage; working at Greengarth Hostel; contractors who stayed at Greengarth; family feelings about working at Sellafield; sons’ employments.
2010Whitehaven
SS/1Graham Brightman, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers attending boarding school; generation of electricity and weapons; carrying out experiments; socialising with colleagues; working in the Silver Ball; WAGR; living at Greengarth Hostel; Wigner release; public perception of Sellafield; 1957 Windscale fire and concerns from Sweden; pouring away the milk; memories of the Queen opening Calder; studies into concrete shielding; explanation of Winfrith; development of high temperature reactor; Dragon Reactor; relationship between different authorities; designing and running experiments; working at Hunterston; difference between English and Scottish legal systems and educational systems; Scottish and Irish history and religion; Chernobyl accident in 1986; entering a cooled reactor; Windscale AGR; shut down and inspection; radiation monitoring; guiding parties around Sellafield and Hunterston; Church and Nation Committee of the Church of Scotland; becoming part of Speakers Panel; monitoring communications between UK and American governments; Three Mile Island accident; events leading up to Chernobyl accident; explaining design fault of Chernobyl reactor; monitoring radioactivity coming from Chernobyl; radioactivity detection in Sweden; lack of public protection in Russia, Pripyat, Ukraine; cancer cases in children; Iodine tablets; anti-nuclear groups - Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth; Russian power stations; design changes following accident at Chernobyl; farming in Cumbria; Caesium 137 still present in soil and grass; Sellafield Churches Forum; support of Anglican and Catholic church for nuclear power; thoughts on new nuclear power stations; reliance on Vladimir Putin for gas; pebble bed reactor design; thoughts on UK receiving electricity from France, situation at Chapelcross and situation in Italy regarding nuclear power.
2010Whitehaven
SS/6Christine Brown, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers childhood in Glasgow; Jesuit education; Scottish education system; being appointed to Dounreay; examining fuel and structural material; electron microscope; visiting Russia; Obninsk nuclear power plant; building standards in Russia; fast reactor programme shut down; decommissioning Dounreay; possibility of manufacturing MOX fuel; joining BNFL as Chief Scientist MOX; women in the nuclear industry; working in male dominated profession; banter with colleagues; competitiveness; different aspects to characters of men and women; visits to Japan; DATA Falsification; ¬re-establishing trust from customers; SMP; Sellafield MOX plant; MDF; pilot plant; work on plutonium for Royal Society; thoughts on the safety of the nuclear industry today; loyalty of staff; management style; teamwork; differences between camaraderie at smaller plant at Dounreay and larger site at Sellafield.
2010Whitehaven
SS/9George Birkett, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers fishing industry; family life and growing up in Maryport; community; local shops and pubs; memories of living in a pub; Underwoods 'pop' factory; schools and education; Chapel Bank; Distington Engineering Company; Institute of Mechanical Engineers; salary and responsibilities; Wilkins Builders Merchants; Gibbons Accountants; Davy Engineering; impressions of Sellafield; working on Windscale Pile; investigatory decommissioning; gas cooled reactor; 1957 Windscale fire; car commuting; setting up George Birkett Limited; consultancy work; safety culture; hazard analysis; planned maintenance proposal; dose uptake analysis; radiation shielding; protection in radioactive zones; barrier procedure; monitoring procedure; outside agencies; Cumbrian floods of 2009.
2010Whitehaven
SS/14Eileen Bigrigg, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers growing up in Whitehaven; rationing; Tommy Cowen’s shop; schools and Eleven Plus; enlisting; Royal Engineers; veterans; Nijmegen; interview for Sellafield; camaraderie; formality with managers; memories of Cash Office; collecting money from Seascale Bank; police escort; making up wage packets; delivering wages to outstations and Greengarth workers; housing estate being built; views of Sellafield; promotion board; moving into Wages Office and duties carried out; no computers; accountancy skills; first computers; working with men in the office; very strict managers; social aspects of work; training scheme for administrators; talking at local schools; interviewing young people; Fast Forward scheme; working in Public Relations; looking after VIP visits; speakers panel and talks service; Pelham House; Sellafield Visitors’ Centre; retiring; West Cumbria Tourism exhibition; educating people about Sellafield; school educational visits.
2010Whitehaven
SS/21David Oldfield, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers growing up in Sheffield; schools and education; working as a Librarian; moving to Workington to work in In-Laws’ pub; training at Dounreay, working for UKAEA and then BNFL; views on management structure; effect of Chernobyl; fatality at one of the stacks; voluntary work as a National Park Ranger, Footpath volunteer, Osprey Project volunteer and Footpath Secretary for West Cumbria Ramblers; views on Sellafield and nuclear industry.
2010Whitehaven
SS/22Ann Oldfield, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers primary education in Wales and secondary education in Sheffield; farm life; moving to Workington; perceptions of Cumbria prior to relocation; messenger position at Sellafield; working as security warden; moving to personal air sampling station then MOX plant; commuting by bus to Sellafield; relationships with line managers and colleagues; description of MOX plant; examples of problems in MOX plant; shift pattern; perceptions of Sellafield; hobbies.
2010Whitehaven
SS/32Bob Anderson, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers schools and education; father working in the police force; applying for jobs; first impressions of the area; Official Secrets Act; Greengarth Hostel; socialising; Windscale Club, Scawfell Hotel and Wansfell Hotel; recruitment; management positions; hierarchy of health physicists; salary and progression; producing material for bombs; experience of protests; secrecy and openness; Thorp enquiry in 1977; public relations; Harold Bolter; The Tenth Child; ex-Financial Times journalist; Investigating past incidents; people receiving large doses of plutonium; health monitoring; urine sampling; working with plutonium; compensation scheme; leukaemia clusters; reduction in radiation dose limits; Japan influencing safety limits; x rays and ankylosing spondylitis; Medical Research Council; Commission on Radiological Protection; effects of Chernobyl at Sellafield; monitoring; alarms going off; National Radiological Protection Board; Cesium detected; monitoring of sheep; MAFF; discharge pipes; monitoring of discharge, sea life and critical groups; explanation of critical groups; levels of discharge changing; 1983 beach Incident; contamination from sea tanks; BNFL being fined ten thousand pounds; changes over the years; putting money into the community; Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
2010Whitehaven
SS/24Dale McConnell, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers schools, apprenticeships and hobbies; working at Marchon; working in Pond Five; difference in working practices and difference in health and safety equipment between Sellafield and Marchon; maintenance; protective clothing; demarcation of skills; introduction of electrical instruments; gamma monitoring systems; radiometrics; training sessions; apprenticeship scheme; advanced gas cooled reactor; Thorp being built; effect of large number of contractors on area; interview boards; effect of women coming into engineering; processes carried out in Thorp; separating out materials - Uranium / Plutonium; B215; High Level Waste Plants; very basic instrumentation; Nuclear Installations Inspectorate; comparison to Chernobyl; changes in contamination levels; active areas; opposition from workforce; experience of protestors; Greenpeace.
2010Whitehaven
SS/59Frank Stafford, oral history interviewProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers growing up in Mirehouse, family life, schools, education and apprenticeships; socialising; Calder Club; Sellafield housing; uniforms; differences between steel works and Sellafield; shortage of highly active storage space; moving to Windscale AGR; in house training; shift working and effect on family life; explanation of permit to work and lock out box systems; asbestos lagging in Calder Hall; injuries & fatalities at steel works; safety of staff; monitoring of radiation exposure; stopping of overtime working; opinion on opportunities and working life at Sellafield; memories of Queen opening Calder Hall; refuelling and maintenance at Calder Hall; reactor operations and turbine hall; Turbine Hall B bearing disintegration; closure & shutting down of Calder Hall.
2010Whitehaven
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