In the first phase of the Remembrance Project, we commenced work on improvements to the National British Nuclear Test Veterans Memorial at the NMA. This work will be completed by National Atomic Veterans Awareness Day on 3rd October 2018 where a dedication ceremony will be held.
Also during the first year, we supported the unveiling and dedication of the refurbished memorial in Manchester and the installation of a memorial table in the Don War Memorial Bar at Stockton-on-Tees.
Moving into phase two of this project we embarked on a long term exercise exercise to refurbish and re-dedicate all BNTVA memorials within the UK. As we visit each memorial we will attempt a local outreach and awareness raiser within the surrounding communities.
The exciting part of the project is that every refurbished memorial will have a QR code and/or google maps entry created which will enable visitors to access a growing virtual museum, a museum which will contain information about that specific memorial and the local people connected to it, which then links into any donated historical collections of photographs, video and audio recordings, artworks and documents all relating to the history of the British Nuclear Tests and the legacy of those who took part.
The Virtual Museum can be found at www.nucleartest.online
Don served with the Royal Engineers and was posted to the Nuclear Tests at Christmas Island. Don has represented the British Nuclear Community at ceremonies across the UK and France. For many years he and his wife, Christine, organised the BNTVA presence at the Nations Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall and the BNTVA section in the Fields of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.
Don is one of three Trustees who directly represent the British Nuclear Test Community on the NCCF Board
Nigel, the son of a British Nuclear Test Veteran, led the BNTVA for six years during which time he managed the development of the charity into a successful campaigning organisation, which achieved recognition for Nuclear Veterans and obtained the budgetary provision from the Government. Being a partner in a Systems and Communications service provision business Nigel brings his organisational expertise and compassion for the Nuclear Community to this project. In 2016 Nigel was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to British Nuclear Test Veterans