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  1. chriscolborne says

    The village scenes from 0:25 to 0:42 (and possibly the two scenes either side) are actually of nearby Blewbury, not Harwell. All the buildings are easily identified as they have changed little in 66 years. The closing frames are also views of Blewbury, looking north-east with Blewburton hill in the background.

    Fascinating footage of Harwell Labs in their earliest days! Now only one aircraft hangar survives, the huts were removed in the 1970's I believe, and sadly most of what remains will shortly disappear as the site continues to be decontaminated and developed as one of the premier technology parks in Europe. The fine RAF buildings are not deemed sufficiently important to be listed by English Heritage, more's the pity.

    The commentry is lame - repeating 'the atom' endlessly without attempting to describe what the lab was for - cutting edge nuclear technology and all its peaceful applications, such as power generation and production of isotopes for medical use to name two.

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