27 February to 27 July 2008
Open from 10:00 to 17:00, except Tuesday – admission free
There isn’t a day that goes by without us hearing the word nuclear being associated with energy or defence. Partisans and critics affront each other, analysing the past and presenting future scenarios. Whilst other positive applications of nuclear science should not be ignored, it is difficult to develop an unbiased opinion. This exhibit helps us unravel the nuclear dilemma – the risks we take in the name of progress and human endeavour.
It tells of a scientific journey from the discovery of radioactivity and the developments that followed in the fields of matter, space, energy, health and armament: including emblematic images and pioneers that have transformed the way we live.
The use of nuclear weapons in conflict and accidents involving nuclear installations have left indelible scars on our world. Photography allows us to comprehend both immediate and lasting truth and consequences of these events – a subjective insight that deepens our feeling of insecurity.
The photographs evoke a principal of precaution. Do countries who have chosen nuclear power fully understand the short and long term risks? On the other hand military expenditure has never been so high and those wishing to obtain nuclear weapons is increasing.
Important ideas and relevant questions find their connection through the media and organisations that are presently working toward international peace and global security.
An exhibition produced by REAL Exhibition Development and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, with the support of the International Peace Bureau and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.