Photos uncovered of Duke of Edinburgh at Dounreay
December 17, 2009
Forgotten photographs have emerged of a visit by the Duke of Edinburgh to Dounreay during its construction in October 1957.
The series of black and white photographs show Prince Philip arriving at the building site where he was greeted by General SW Joslin, the works manager.
Also present were Sir William Owen and TG Williams, the site’s resident engineer.
Prince Phillip toured the Dounreay Fast Reactor, which was still being built. Film footage taken shows him walking through the airlock and climbing down into the reactor vessel.
He also visited the Fuel Cycle Area, where nuclear fuel would be produced and reprocessed for almost 40 years.
The pictures were discovered when a member of staff was sorting through a box of old photographs.
They are now among more than a thousand photographs of Dounreay past and present posted to the site's new on-line picture library.
The collection includes photos of other important visitors to the site, including the Queen Mother and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
They can be viewed at www.dounreay.com as part of an initiative to open up the work of dismantling the site to closer public inspection.
Members of the public cannot access Dounreay during its decommissioning for safety and security reasons, so the site has created an on-line library to give the public the chance to look inside and see how their money is being spent.
It is also creates a public record that preserves important aspects of Dounreay’s heritage.
“The photo library will make an important contribution to preserving and communicating Dounreay’s cultural heritage by allowing the public to see unique photographs such as the Duke of Edinburgh's visit to Dounreay,” explained James Gunn, heritage officer at Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.
To view film footage of Prince Philip’s visit, click here.