Nuclear waste must be managed for thousands of years. What has heritage to learn and share on long term preservation?
Spent nuclear fuel will be strongly radioactive as much as 100 000 years from now. It will persist for this time, no matter how we manage it. Organisations managing nuclear waste have a responsibility not just to ourselves, but to people who may be in contact with this material as long as it is still radioactive. The engineering challenge of creating storage that will last for this time, is dwarfed by the communication challenge of explaining what it is to people in the distant future. This combination of preservation and communication makes partnership between heritage management and nuclear was management fruitful. Our partner in this domain is SKB.
This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore how heritage and other related forms of conservation practices (including nuclear waste management) make futures. How do we use material culture to stitch futures from pasts? What do we conserve? What do we get rid of? What do we allow to change? This Salon will be staged as a series of conversations across various themes currently being explored within the Heritage Futures research programme,Event held at Haldane Room, Wilkins Building , Gower Street WC1
Archaeology and the Future
Constructing Memory. An international conference and debate on the preservation of records, knowledge and memory of radioactive waste across generations. Centre Mondial de la Paix, Verdun, France
The 100,000 Year Question
Future Archaeologies of Nuclear Waste – Experiences and Results
Talk by Cornelius Holtorf and Anders Högberg at Linnaeus University, Sweden.