A heritage workshop was held in Edinburgh in January as part of Dounreay’s engagement programme to gather views on its draft Heritage Strategy.
Key heritage organisations based outwith Caithness had the opportunity to discuss the site’s heritage options with the project team.
Representatives from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Historic Scotland, National Museums Scotland, Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland, Dundee University, The Highland Council, Atkins, English Heritage & Cadw (Welsh Heritage) all participated.
The event was hailed as successful and productive by all. It was acknowledged that the nuclear industry presented unique challenges which required an evolutionary approach to heritage policy.
Malcolm Cooper, Historic Scotland’s Chief Inspector said: ‘”The workshop has outlined a clear way forward, not least for the celebration of Dounreay’s achievements, for consideration of its commemoration and recording, for academic study on its impact and contribution, and for a museums collections policy to accompany the decommissioning process.
“We considered in particular the future of the DFR Sphere and made suggestions for further investigations of the various options.
“Perhaps most significant, the workshop demonstrated the importance of commissioning a Heritage Strategy for Dounreay. Together with the feedback that the consultation process generates, it is clear that the strategy will have a vital role as Dounreay and its neighbouring communities adapt to the challenges and opportunities brought about by the decommissioning process.”
A similar workshop will be held locally on 24th February, and will be attended by Caithness Horizons, the Dounreay Stakeholder Group, the Caithness Chamber of Commerce, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, North Highland Tourism, Caithness & North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, National Nuclear Archives, and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
The Notes from the January workshop have now been published on the website.
DSRL is inviting comments from staff, contractors and the general public on the proposals set out in the Heritage Strategy documents.
The deadline for responses is March 8, so if you want to have your say on how to retain the heritage of the Dounreay site click here.