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5.5M TO BE SPENT ON VISITORS CENTRE

Thursday, April 05, 2001

BNFL has enlisted the help of the Science Museum in London to carry out a 5.5 million refurbishment of the Sellafield Visitor Centre.

The Science Museum is being given editorial control of the revamp.

BNFL Chairman Hugh Collum said: "The contract with the Science Museum is a new and unique approach to communicating the science of controversial subject matters such as the nuclear industry.

"The release of editorial control to the Science Museum demonstrates BNFL's desire to provide the public with an impartial, informative and balanced view.''

The Visitor Centre cost 5 million to build and takes more than 4 million a year in running costs.The centre, which has free admission, attracts 150,000 visitors a year.

l Sellafield's annual Technology 2001 exhibition - its biggest yet - will be held on Tuesday.

Forty-two companies will take part in the event which is in its eighth year. Members of the public are welcome.

During the one-day event in the Learning and Development Training Centre, visitors will see a range of pioneering technology, much of which has the potential to reduce the scale of nuclear waste management and decommissioning problems.

Visitors to the exhibition, which is open from 9.30am to 3.30pm, will be able to see hundreds of examples of tried and tested engineering equipment, designed to keep the nuclear industry running on a day-by-day basis. These include hydraulics systems and state-of-the-art mechanical robotic arms