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Dounreay - Heritage
26 January 08
James has been appointed to represent Dounreay on the Collections Trust of Caithness Horizons, the new community and visitor facility in Thurso.
UKAEA is a major partner in the Caithness Horizons project and the museum section will have an exhibition telling the Dounreay story.
Some items have already been saved and sent for storage off-site pending their handover to the trust.
These include parts from the old control room at DMTR and exhibits at the old visitor centre such as the ordnance datum stone from the now-demolished farmhouse and models of the reactors.
Other potential items of value include sounds such as the clip-clop, old staff magazines such as Haggis, examples of workwear, plant equipment, trophies and awards.
Now, James is to keen to hear from anyone at the site who wants to work with him to preserve the story of Dounreay for future generations.
Retired Dounreay worker Alistair Fraser is being helped by the site communications department to record the reminiscences of other retired workers and James is keen to see this material captured on video for posterity as well.
A book charting the history of the site has been commissioned and the history is also being written of the Dounreay Sports and Social Club in Thurso.
"The heritage is all around us but none of us really sees it because we become so used to it in our everyday lives," says James.
"For example, when the head of site gives a staff talk it is recorded on a video so that he can communicate with the shift teams. Is that heritage? Imagine if today we could look back at film of staff talks given by directors in the 1950s - that would be fascinating. Well, generations 50 years from now will probably feel the same about today's material."