Catalogue description Atomic Weapons Research Establishment: Rowley Collection

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Title: Atomic Weapons Research Establishment: Rowley Collection

Papers, reviewed and collated by Air Commodore H V Rowley, covering the development of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston, and early scientific and technical work on the British atomic weapons programme.

The papers also cover the early organization necessary to set up the new research establishment such as staffing, building work, welfare matters etc. Also included are reports and minutes etc of various committees; papers concerning production of atomic weapons and their component parts; reports on early weapon design work and trials of the weapons and associated equipment.

The vast majority of the files include either photographs, drawings or maps.

Date: 1944-1986

The files are arranged in file number order, using the numbers assigned by Air Commodore Rowley.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 1751 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
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From 1994 Atomic Weapons Establishment

Selection and destruction information: Divisions at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment were instructed to pass their files to the archives in 1959 for review by Air Commodore Rowley and Mr R E France. Contrary to approved practice, several files were merged into one subject file so that duplicate papers could be identified and destroyed. It follows that the files in this series are not original 'working' files, but amalgamations from two or more sources.

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