The NDA and DSRL, in partnership with Historic Scotland and heritage professionals Atkins Heritage, have worked together to establish a way forward to create a lasting cultural legacy of the site. This strategy was published in September 2010 following consultation.

The strategy is being implemented with specialist advice via a panel of heritage experts from Historic Environment Scotland, National Museums Scotland, Caithness Horizons and Highlife Highland.

A collection of Dounreay artefacts was donated to Caithness Horizons in Thurso and is now on display in the museum’s dedicated Dounreay exhibition area.

Since construction began in 1955, photographs, drawings, records and film footage have been archived for posterity. These will be transferred to the new NDA Nuclear Archive, which is due to be opened by late 2016 in Wick, Caithness.

Over the years, records have also been sent to the National Archive at Kew Gardens, London and the North Highland Archive, Wick. Historic Environment Scotland has an interesting collection of aerial photographs of Dounreay.

The archives of the BBC, STV and National Library of Scotland (the Scottish Screen Archives) contain film footage of Dounreay.

The following documents are available:

DSRL has appointed a Heritage Officer to manage all work related to Dounreay’s cultural heritage and the Officer can be contacted via e-mail

If you believe you can contribute to the heritage project by providing;

  • memories that are, or can be recorded
  • objects/artefacts
  • interesting articles or reports, particularly on social and economic impact
  • information leaflets or brochures
  • magazines or newsletters
  • photographs
  • film footage or video
  • any items that will help tell the Dounreay story to future generations,

then please e-mail the Heritage Officer

Alternatively, send a letter to:

DSRL Heritage Officer, Building D2003, Dounreay, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7TZ

Project profiles on Dounreay’s heritage are available