British Nuclear Veterans Association, Records

Object Title

British Nuclear Veterans Association, Records

British Nuclear Veterans Association, Records


1952 - 2002





Scope and Content

Papers, speeches and a book concerning the British Nuclear Tests, Archive box contains:

1. Folder containing copies of nuclear papers from Wally Holdsworth, 1992-2001,
2. Folder containing copies of papers supplied by C. Johnson, 1952-1998,
3. Folder containing material concerened with the 50th anniversary of the first British Atomic Test, October 2002; a speech by Ian Greenhalgh, solicitor for the British Nuclear Veterans, October 2002; a copy of: Fields of thunder : testing Britain's bomb / Denys Blakeway and Sue Lloyd-Roberts. - London : Counterpoint, 1985


1 box

Access Conditions

Open access

Administrative / Biographical History

Between 1952 and 1967 the United Kingdom carried out a number of atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons in the Pacific Ocean and at Maralinga, Australia, involving over 20,000 servicemen. Among these tests were the 'Grapple Y' and 'Grapple Z' series of six detonations at Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean (November 1957-September 1958), of weapons many times more powerful than those discharged at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Of 2,500 men surveyed in 1999, 30% of the men had died, mostly in their fifties. In their grandchildren spina bifida rates are more than 5 times the usual rate for live births in the UK. More than 200 skeletal abnormalities were reported and more than 100 veterans' children reported reproductive difficulties.