Dear STICK Friends,
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Today, workers housing. An online exhibition entitled Atomic housing: Thurso Transformed by Nucleus archives, Wick can be viewed here or paste ATOMIC HOUSING - Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives (highlifehighland.com) into your browser.
Introduction to the exhibition:
"In 1954, Dounreay in Caithness, on the north coast of mainland Scotland, was chosen as the site for a new type of nuclear reactor. The aim of the project was to assess the effectiveness of fast breeder reactors in generating power for electricity. It was a huge undertaking that would require a sizeable labour force to be imported into the sparsely populated county.
The building of ‘atomic’ housing was vital to the fast breeder reactor programme at Dounreay. Without the allure of modern, attractive houses at reasonable rents, drawing skilled workers to the far north would have been near impossible, given the perception of the area as bleak and remote."
Throughout the online exhibition high resolution photographs are showcased. The photographs include aerial images, ground images of the housing and interiors of some of the houses themselves. Also explored are the wonderfully detailed architectural plans, displaying the Dounreay Householders Handbook in its entirety and hearing the recollections of those who lived and worked in Thurso in excerpts from the Dounreay Oral History series.
The STICK Committee
To all our STICK friends