The Nuclear and Caithness Archive, also known as Nucleus, has opened for business today, and will be of extreme interest to anyone who's ever spent a sleepless night wondering exactly how nuclear energy works and what part the UK played in its development.
The site's a £20m custom build funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, one designed to gather together records from the country's nuclear past. It takes data from 17 sites and currently has stuff that goes all the way back to the 1940s, which will be of great use if your hobby for 2017 is getting a reactor going in the shed.
We have so much stuff to do with our nuclear development past that it's measured in tonnes -- some 200 tonnes worth of paperwork and photographs from around the country are scheduled to be dumped on the site and collated over the next five years, creating what they hope will be a valuable resource and also, being based in Wick near the Dounreay site, a continuation of the history of nuclear-themed employment in the area.
NDA boss Stephen Henwood said: "Today we see a new chapter in the important role Caithness has played in the UK’s nuclear history. For many decades Dounreay was at the forefront of the development of the British, and world, nuclear industry and now Nucleus will see this knowledge protected for future generations." [GOV]