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Opening Day at Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives

No sooner had the doors opened at Nucleus, on the 14th February 2017, than our first depositor arrived, followed shortly after by our first readers. We welcomed over 35 people through our doors during the course of the day and we were delighted that everyone was enjoying reading documents in the new surroundings. Our first depositor was John… Read more »Read more

Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives Opening 14th February

We are very excited to announce that the Nuclear and Caithness Archives will be opening on St Valentine’s Day, Tuesday 14th February 2017. The brand new, state-of-the-art building will be home to the archives of the entire UK civil nuclear industry as well as the historical archives of the county of Caithness. It is designed to… Read more »Read more

Nuclear Archive Centre – Construction Progress

The construction works on the new Nuclear and Caithness Archive Centre are advancing well and the building is really taking shape.  The steelwork is complete and all of the floor slabs have been poured. The roofing/cladding works are progressing and the mechanical and electrical trays are being installed to run and contain the cables throughout the… Read more »Read more

Nuclear Archive Under Construction

Work on the Nuclear Archive building which will become the home of the Caithness Archives is proceeding apace, after the ground-breaking ceremony last summer. In this image taken (under a typical Caithness sky) on 7 November the shell of the building is starting to take shape.Read more

Nuclear Archive – Work Begins

Work has begun on the construction of the new Nuclear Archive in Wick, Caithness, on a site just across from the airport. Due to a partnering arrangement with Highland Council a portion of the building will be dedicated to storage of the Caithness Archive and it is anticipated that local records currently held elsewhere will… Read more »Read more

John O’Groats Archives Roadshow

Caithness Archives Centre staff were at John O’Groats on the afternoon of Saturday 1 August, at one of the chalets kindly made available by Natural Retreats. On display were a selection of items from the archives, including old maps, a police conviction book from the 1870s, school records and architects’ drawings of the Castle of… Read more »Read more

“Hands on History!”, Wednesday 15 July

For children 8-11 years. Venue: The Assembly Rooms, Wick. Price: £3 We’re delighted to announce that after the huge success of last year’s summer fun activity we’re running it again, with some all-new things for you to try. Join Fiona, Sharon and Gordon and have a go at a range of arts & crafts activities inspired by Caithness history,… Read more »Read more

Foyer Gallery – Tidal Waters: Wick Harbour Through Time

The Caithness Archive Centre will be mounting an exhibition of maps, plans and drawings from the archives, showing the development of Wick Harbour down the ages. The exhibition is timed to complement the annual display in the St Fergus Gallery by the Wick Society of old photographs from the wonderful Johnston Collection – one of whose themes this… Read more »Read more

Planning Permission for Nuclear Archive

Planning permission has now been granted for the new Nuclear Archive to be built at Wick, Caithness. Work on construction will start this summer, and the building is due to be completed by the end of 2016. The archive will house more than 70 years’ worth of historic information from across UK’s civil nuclear industry,… Read more »Read more

“Tracing Your WW1 Ancestors” classes

The Caithness Archives Centre recently ran a course of four classes in “Tracing Your WW1 Ancestors”. The classes explored how to discover wartime service records online, and how to find out more about serving men and women through sources such as the census, birth and marriage records and school records. The course also considered how… Read more »Read more