Defending technocracy? Communicating with the public about nuclear energy: historical perspectives

This thesis examines the communication strategy of the UK nuclear industry between 1975 to 1990. By refocusing the histories of this long-standing and contentious industry, I change our understanding of how the publicly-funded nuclear industry saw and negotiated with the UK publics. It makes new arguments about how nuclear science was communicated in post-war Britain and explores the inner workings of one of the best-funded industrial science communication projects during the period.

This thesis reflects on what this untold history means for how we understand how the UK government and public bodies communicate science and how we view the relationship between government, parliament and industry.

The research for this thesis was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme and The National Archives.