Duke Opens Merlin Reactor 1959

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    A.E.I. Research Station, Altermaston Court, Aldermaston, West Berkshire

    DUKE OPENS MERLIN REACTOR

    CU's of core of reactor from platform level (through water). CU's of core head under water. Various shots of Fuel Charts and Notice "No Radioation". Shot of plaque unveiling. CU of lettering. CU of sign "Reactor On". Various shots of panels, scientists demonstratin recording apparatus. shot of model of interior of reactor. Various shots of the main control panel. Semi CU's exterior of reactor. GV of reactor exteriors with lake setting. Shot of Aldermaston court. CU of reactor exterior. Arrival of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who puts on overshoes. Duke accompanied by Lord Chandos and Dr Salmon (head of reactor). Duke sees model of interior and looks at recording apparauts. duke is shown one of hte core heads beforeit is put in reactor. Duke puts on white jacket. Shots of Duke looking into the reactor at the core. Duke looks at fuel chart. Duke leaves at core head past the "no Radiation" sign. Various shots of Duke at the main controls operating the reactor to start it. Duke unveils plague. Walking shot - exterior reactor in bg. 2 shots of the Duke in the Nuclear Physics Section, which is the oldest section of the Nuclear Science Group. It is devoted to fundamental studios of the nucleous using an electrostatic accelerator which accelerates nuclear particles to an energy of four million electron volts (at this engery the particles have aspeed such that they would go around the world three times in two seconds).

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1959
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    Media URN:
    81161
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    2752.16
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    00:06:41:00
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    01:46:12:00 / 01:52:53:00
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    UN 3279 A
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    UN 3279 A
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