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AWRE - Atomic Weapons Research Establishment

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1959. Merlin Reactor Tank at the Research Laboratory, Aldermaston.
1959. Merlin Reactor and its experimental arrangements.
1959. Merlin Reactor Building.

of Aldermaston

Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE), which was built on the site of a former airfield, RAF Aldermaston. Other Atomic Weapons Establishment sites could be found at ROF Burghfield, Burghfield and ROF Cardiff, Llanishen, Cardiff, the former Royal Ordnance Factories; Orford Ness and Foulness Island. The ROF Cardiff, Orford Ness and Foulness Island sites are now closed.

1954 AWRE was transferred to the newly created UKAEA.

1971 The production activities of UKAEA were transferred to the newly created British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL).

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