Two online meetings relating to heritage in the UK’s nuclear industry
In March 2023 Linda Ross attended two online meetings relating to heritage in the UK’s nuclear industry. 15 March saw the 11th meeting of the Dounreay Heritage Advisory Panel, which was formed after the issuing of the Dounreay Heritage Strategy in 2010. This strategy has proven to be a success, with partnership working between the nuclear industry, heritage organisations, academia and the community ensuring that most of the actions identified in its implementation plan have been addressed. The panel will now review the plan, with a view to adapting it to suit current requirements.
This example of a site-specific approach is now being used as inspiration for heritage activities across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s 17 sites. On 29 March Linda Ross attended the 8th meeting of the NDA Heritage Advisory Panel – a cross-disciplinary body of industry representatives, heritage professionals and researchers – which is providing guidance on the NDA heritage initiative. This will provide a framework applicable across the board, including potential roll-out to commercial sites outwith the NDA’s portfolio. This standard approach, which will see the production of guidelines covering object selection, intangible cultural heritage and building recording, will facilitate the creation of site heritage reports, the intention being a definitive national record. The documents are at draft stage but are expected to be finalised and made available shortly.
Link to Dounreay Heritage Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-work-being-carried-out-to-preserve-the-history-of-dounreay