British Nuclear Power
In the 1950's nuclear power stations were seen as the future providing a clean alternative to fossil fuels.
The ‘Atomic Achievement’ film triumphantly celebrates the advances in nuclear power; an energy source that today produces 20 per cent of this country’s electricity.
Although the United Kingdom’s civil nuclear industry has its origin in the military programme of the 1940's and 1950's, its peaceful applications were soon harboured. The industrial benefit of atomic power led many to believe it offered, as the film shows, a ‘second industrial revolution’.
On 17 October 1956, Queen Elizabeth II opened the United Kingdom’s first commercial nuclear power station at Calder Hall, Cumbria. After 40 years generating electricity, Calder Hall power station was decommissioned.
This film not only explains how nuclear power works, but also visits places that became synonymous with the UK’s atomic energy; Harwell, Dounreay, and Windscale (later renamed Sellafield).
Note; this film is 19+ minutes long - click wisely now
In: Science and Technology, History
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Location: United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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