The end of nuclear fuel reprocessing at Sellafield’s Thorp plant will be memorialised in The Art of Reprocessing, which will run from 17 November at the Beacon Museum. Sellafield Ltd commissioned the show to celebrate Thorp’s unique contribution to the nuclear industry. It features works by artists from Cumbria, the UK, and Japan.
The plant began operations in 1994 and is one of only two commercial reprocessing sites in the world.
Its switch-off next month is the biggest step so far in the transformation of Sellafield Ltd from a nuclear operator into an environmental restoration company
The exhibition features a variety of art forms, including sculptures, relief printing, collages, textural canvases, paintings, and sketches. Each piece is designed to convey a moment in the life of the plant; from the public inquiry that ruled it could be built to the decision to end reprocessing operations.
It will be open to the public from Saturday, 17 November to early January 2019. A smaller version of the exhibition will stay open until March 2019.
Free for Copeland Pass members. The Copeland Pass is available for residents of Copeland who provide proof of address.
Standard admission otherwise applies
“The end of reprocessing at Thorp is one of the most important events in Sellafield’s history. After the closure of Calder Hall, it’s the biggest change to our site in the 21st century.
Thorp has been a wonderful servant to the world nuclear industry and will continue to support the UK as a storage facility for spent fuel. The plant has made a huge contribution to west Cumbria in terms of jobs, skills, pride, and prestige. The Art of Reprocessing will celebrate its unique achievements and the people who made it possible.”Jamie Reed