15th February 2018
Thursday 19:00 - 21:00
Amanda Wickwar, a physicist at AWE, will join the Club to talk about the British Nuclear Deterrent. Set in the context of world events, the talk will cover the history of how the UK first became involved with a nuclear deterrent. It is an area of our history that is frequently misunderstood, misinterpreted, and to some extent filled with urban myths. The story will take us from the splitting of the atom, the work of two Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in the late 1930s and a hand-typed text that was to become one of the most important documents of the 20th century. Then to the initial work on UK soil, joint work with the US during WWII, and how the UK once again trod its path alone from 1946.