Sellafield Stories.

Sellafield Stories was the result of the successful bid for British Nuclear Fuels Limited legacy funding by Cumbria Archive Service, part of Cumbria County Council. The object of the project was to create an independent and representative oral history of the story and impact of the nuclear in West Cumbria.

Project staff interviewed one hundred people, all of whom talk about the part that Sellafield has played in their lives telling Sellafield’s history through their own stories. Contributors include current and retired employees, local residents, and opponents who tell us fascinating details of life and change in West Cumbria during the second half of the twentieth century.

The interviews vary in length – a few as short as half an hour, others are much longer - and encompass a range of opinions and ideas as people describe their personal experience of Sellafield.

All the recordings are freely available to listen to at Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre in Whitehaven.

Some of the audio material and full transcripts of all of the interviews is available on this site. The sound files contain short clips from the full interviews and can be accessed via the Search or the Contributors’ pages.

Terms of use

Cumbria Archive Service makes no charge for public access to the Sellafield Stories archive. However, there are some restrictions on copying text and use of the material, as follows:

  1. Copyright: The copyright of all interviews, sound and transcription, is owned by Cumbria County Council on behalf of the Sellafield Stories Oral History Project.
  2. Licensing: Cumbria Archive Service welcomes re-use of sound clips, text and images of the Sellafield Stories Oral History Project under the Creative Commons licence Attribution, Non-Commercial, No-Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
  3. Re-Use: You may copy and redistribute the material in the media or formats supplied. You may remix, transform, and build upon the material for your own use only. You may not distribute or share your modified contributions. You may not apply your own legal terms or technological restrictions on such distributions of our material under this licence.
  4. Attribution: You must give appropriate credit to Cumbria Archive Service, attribute the material to the Sellafield Stories Oral History Project, provide a link to the licence, and indicate if you have made changes to the material. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests Cumbria Archive Service endorses you or your use.
  5. Commercial use: You may not use the material for commercial purposes or personal gain without the permission of Cumbria Archive Service. We welcome enquiries about use, transmission or publication of the archive for commercial, academic or educational use and will aim to meet the requests of users in a reasonable and fair manner.