It was a pleasure to be invited to the BNTVA reunion event which took place over 9-12th August 2021 – especially since the COVID-19 pandemic had made sure no in-person events could take place since early 2020.

On the first day of being in Telford, I went along to RAF Museum Cosford for the talks being given by John Robinson (Canberra pilot and cloud sampler), Ian Sanders (host of Cold War Conversations podcast), Squeaky Pedal (launch of veterans’ stories film), and Dr. Christoph Laucht from Swansea University (‘Events prior to British nuclear testing c. 1945-52).

On day 2 of the reunion, a well-organised conference with a range of speakers was structured to run from 9.30-5.30pm. This included Dr. Elizabeth Tynan (James Cooke University), Prof. Robert (Bo) Jacobs (Hiroshima City University), Dr. Matthew Wiseman (University of Waterloo, Canada), Dr. Chris Hill (University of South Wales), and Dr. Christoph Laucht. Dr. Rhona Anderson also provided the conference audience with a much-anticipated overview of the current projects being undertaken at the CHRC. This reunion was also an exciting opportunity to present the findings of my doctoral study for the first time. 

My presentation, “Telling the stories of British Nuclear Test Veterans” gave an overview of the objectives, methods and understanding of the storytelling process. I then gave a reading of ‘An Unlikely Meeting’; this story revolves around two BNTVs meetings each other for the first time by coincidence in a coffee shop. 

It was a wonderful chance to translate the work I had done and test the feedback from the audience – particularly since some were participants of mine! 

I would like to thank the BNTVA for inviting and hosting me, as well as the CHRC and NCCF for their ongoing support.

Amy Prescott