Due to the ongoing situation in the UK with COVID-19, Nucleus: the Nuclear and Caithness Archive is closed to the public until further notice.
We will endeavour to answer email enquiries to the best of our ability, however as we will have limited access to documents this may not be possible.
We will also be working with our partners across Highland including The Highland Council to provide support to our communities where it is needed most. Thank you for your understanding.
Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives are based at Wick Airport and are home to the archives of the UK civil nuclear industry which date back over seventy years and include plans, drawings, photographs, film, microfiche and documents. These have previously been held at various sites across the UK including Dounreay in Caithness, Harwell in Oxfordshire, Trawsfynydd in Snowdonia, and Sellafield in Cumbria. The relocation to Wick will take several years to complete.
Nucleus also houses the historical archives of the county of Caithness which date from the 1469 to the present day and consist of documents in different formats including charters, minute books, correspondence, maps, photographs and plans. These historic collections are available to members of the public for family and local history research.
If you are interested in tracing your Caithness ancestors, discovering the history of your house, looking at old maps of the county, or just browsing through several hundred years of history, you will find a warm welcome at Nucleus.
Nucleus is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm. We close for some public holidays, and we recommend checking our Facebook page for advance notice of these.
There is free public parking at Nucleus. If the main car park is full please park in the car park across the road at the airport – the circular car park immediately on your left on turning into the airport is a designated overflow car park for Nucleus.
Once you have parked, the main entrance to Nucleus is located at the north end of the building (under the shelter where the points of the triangle meet). Please report to reception on arrival, where staff will welcome you into the building.
The main telephone number for Nucleus is 07464538089.
If you have a question about nuclear records or the operation of Nucleus in general, please email [email protected]