Catalogue description Atomic Weapons Research Establishment and Atomic Weapons Establishment: Underground Weapon Tests: Files and Reports

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Reference: ES 25
Title: Atomic Weapons Research Establishment and Atomic Weapons Establishment: Underground Weapon Tests: Files and Reports
Description:

This series contains records relating to the planning and purpose of both weapon and material tests.

Date: 1958-1972
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During the period 1952-1958, the UK tested its warheads in the atmosphere in Australia and at Christmas Island. Documents relating to this are within:

ES 12

ES 14

ES 18

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Atomic Weapons Establishment, 1987-

Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, 1954-1973

Ministry of Defence, Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, 1973-1987

Physical description: 5 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

Atomic Weapons Establishment , from 2017

Accruals: Series is accruing.
Administrative / biographical background:

Subsequent to the atmospheric tests in Australia and at Christmas Island, a further 25 tests were carried out underground at the Nevada Test Site. During this period, the UK also collaborated with the US in underground experiments about the effects of nuclear radiation on materials.

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