Closing down a test reactor

This video extract is from Gair Dunlop’s film ATOMTOWN, in which footage of the closing ceremony of the Dounreay Materials Test Reactor (Scotland) in 1969 is paired with contemporary images. I copy it here for those who hoped for a positive result of the November vote on the closure of Switzerland’s atomic power stations within the very near future.


Ignaz Strebel is an urban geographer and senior scientist at the University of Lausanne. His research is on the social and material practices that make up and transform urban systems. Using ethnography and audio-visual projects, he currently researches building care work, energy infrastructure services and the transformation capacities of prefabricated buildings.