We have been contacted by the people behind a new project ‘An Oral History of British Nuclear Test Veterans’ launched last week. The project is funded by the Office of Veterans Affairs as part of a recognition package announced following the introduction of the Nuclear Test Medal in November last year.
The Government funding has been awarded to Universities and National Life Stories, the UK’s leading oral history fieldwork charity from the British Library, to chronicle and study the experiences of British nuclear test veterans.
The British Library will work with academics to conduct and record around 40 ‘life stories’ with veterans around the UK, to investigate and recognise the complex role that test participation played in veterans’ lives.
The cohort of veterans are ex-service personnel and civilians who contributed to Britain’s nuclear testing programme, including serving in Australia and the South Pacific between 1952 and 1967.
This project aims to engage veterans from across the United Kingdom, to represent the entire cohort of veterans that took part in the tests. Academics are looking to hear from a diverse range of nuclear test veterans, from those who have previously been vocal about their experiences, to those who have never spoken about it before.
Dr Chris Hill, lecturer and researcher in History at USW, Dr Jon Hogg, senior lecturer in 20th Century British History at the University of Liverpool, and Dr Fiona Bowler, a postdoctoral researcher at USW, will conduct and record around 40 ‘life story’ audio biographies with veterans around the UK.
For anyone wishing to take part or learn more about the project or register their interest please visit: http://www.ntvhistory.uk