A Cold War expert from Kingston University is expecting a cache of untold stories to be unearthed from the communities who worked at decommissioned nuclear power stations and raised their families nearby during a new cultural heritage project. Associate Professor Dr Egle Rindzeviciute is leading the Europe-wide Nuclear Spaces: Communities, Materialities and Locations of Nuclear Cultural Heritage (NuSPACES) research project, being conducted in collaboration with Linköping University in Sweden and Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. She hopes the project will bring together two distinct fields – nuclear industry governance and cultural and heritage policy – to preserve the past of the physically and politically complex sites for future generations. The NuSPACES project will delve into the histories of these locations, working with local communities and museums in a collaborative network – from Sellafield and Dounreay in the United Kingdom to Barsebäck and Ignalina nuclear power plants in Sweden and Lithuania. It will explore the ways different social groups in local communities, nuclear industries and national cultural organisations engage in creating museums and heritage sites to preserve their nuclear past.
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