Thresholds: gateways to the nuclear imagination

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


    This photo essay summarises some investigations into the imagery and architectures of British nuclear research, in particular the fast reactor programme. I am interested in the interaction of the ‘nuclear imaginary’ and the actual sites in which the experimentation took place. I consider the ‘nuclear imaginary’ as a constellation of anxieties, optimisms, technocratic and patriotic emotions and motivations, which leaves traces in factual material, the cinema and fiction of the time, and in propaganda and public discourse. I explore the uses and potentials of visual epistemologies in the understanding of restricted sites, and the use of simultaneity in interrogating archive material.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)247-264
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Contemporary Archaeology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2015


    • Art
    • Art and society
    • Archaeology
    • Methodologies
    • Videoart
    • Photography, Installation, Sculpture, Painting.
    • Art & science


    Dive into the research topics of 'Thresholds: gateways to the nuclear imagination'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
    • The film archive as boundary object

      Dunlop, G., 2023, Scottish Society for Art History Journal: special issue on art and science. Scottish Society for Art History, 12 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    • Atomic Modern

      Dunlop, G., 2019, University of Dundee.

      Research output: Other contribution

    Cite this