• Short Summary

    The Queen opens Calder Hall - World's first atomic power plant.

  • Description

    Calder Hall, Cumberland.

    GV. Pan showing cooling towers and the Calder Hall atomic plant. LV. Towards, fleet of cars arriving, Queen Elizabeth II is in one of them. LV. Crowds of workmen watching from part of structure. LV. Dignitaries being presented to the Queen. CU. Queen smiling. SV. Pan, Secretary of the USSR Atomic Commission, Professor Topchiev, walks forward and shakes hands with the Queen. GV. The plant. GV. Queen gets ready to make speech on rostrum. LV. Men standing on girder. Workers on the structure watching. LV. Queen on rostrum. SV. Huge dial which registers 'Output' into the grid. SCU. The Queen speaking, Rab Butler sitting next to the Queen. Queen (natural sound): "It is with pride that I now open Calder Hall, Britain's first atomic power station." She puts her hand on the lever. SV. The Queen with hand on lever, pushes it down and the huge clock starts to register the output in the background. SV. The clock with the hands turning registering output. GV. Atom plant showing the pylon in the foreground. AS. Pylon, taking away the load. LV. Interior, Queen in the pile cap room and looking at pile caps. SCU. Queen having them explained to her. SV. Pile caps (control rod mechanism). SV. Queen looking at burst fuel element detection equipment which are used in the detection of burst cartridges and gas samples. SCU. Queen having the above explained to her. AS. Exterior of the power plant. LV. Queen walking down steps in the blower house (interior). SV. Engineers at the control panels, pan to generator turning. LV. Blower room with generators in foreground working. SCU. Queen being introduced to the engineer in the blower room. GV. Calder Hall with the Union Jack in the foreground flying from the mast.


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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:30:00 / 01:41:20:00

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