A memory institution
like no other


The Archive of Nuclear Harm approaches the problem of nuclear harm as future  heritage.

Items of interest include artworks and other cultural artefacts that explore the full range of harms—both to bodies and the biosphere—that are inflicted by both the civilian and military applications of nuclear technology, as well as the universal problems of nuclear contamination and waste.

Our mission is to create an accessible resource deep into the nuclear future. Since the legacy of the nuclear age must be conceived on timescales of up to one million years, and threatens the continued safe operating conditions of Earth’s biosphere, this will be a memory institution like no other.

Focus Theme: Markers

The Earth is marked by the nuclear age. This is true whether we consider the history of the nuclear age, or its future. Looking back through history, the origins of the Anthropocene epoch are said to coincide with the dawn of the nuclear age. Looking deep into the future, many are considering the task of communicating the problem of nuclear harm to the next 30,000 generations.

The question of nuclear markers is therefore an open one. And for this reason, it is the inaugural focus theme of the Archive of Nuclear Harm. Activities from 2016 through 2018 have included four exhibitions, a film series that has taken place on three continents, the continued acquisition of physical items along with their digitisation, as well as the design and delivery of an intensive workshop in the Nuclear Humanities.

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Focus Theme: Australia

Australia is home to the world’s oldest continous cultures, on Earth’s most stable and arid inhabited continent.

Australia also happens to contain one third of all known uranium: a material that produces waste which must be “isolated from people and their environment” for up to 30,000 generations. Australia is therefore a critical—yet heretofore neglected—site for understanding nuclear radiation as future cultural and environmental heritage.

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Friends of the Archive

ART/MEDIA for a Nuclear Free Future
Atom Central

Atomic Photographers Guild
Atomic Reporters
Center for the Arts, Society & Ecology, Pace University
In Place of War at The University of Manchester
International Uranium Film Festival
The Seed Box: A MISTRA-FORMAS Environmental Humanities Collaboratory
Visual Politics Research Cluster at The University of Queensland 

Institutional Sponsors

The Archive was established in 2011, and is currently a contributing project of the Mistra and Formas-sponsored Environmental Humanities Collaboratory at Linköping University in Sweden (2016-19). Previously, the Archive was part of the Nuclear Futures partnership initiative, a three-year arts and culture program sponsored by the Australia Council for the Arts (2014-16).

Individual Sponsors

Sterling Archer
Bob and Wendy Ashcroft
Alex Bagg
Ellise Barkley
Jyoti Blenclowe
Paul Brown
Chris Bunting
Anthony Burke
Richard Butcher
Elliot Chapple
Ruth Charters
Daniel Clifton
Gavin and Jess Crawcour
Andrew Evans
Lucas Gibson
Julian Hewitt
Brodie Higgs
Avon Hudson
Andrew Hustwaite
Redi and Evald Koobak
Michael Lake
Luca Lana
Benjamin Law
Sophie and Tim Mattick
Cindy McGrath
Leeann McKnight
Chris Mosely
Geoff and Sue Nicholson
Andrew Ritchie
Jesse Sutton
R.H. and J.M.L. Taylor
Sue Wareham
Nicola Weston
Project Director

N.A.J. Taylor
University of Melbourne, Australia

International Advisory Board

Cecilia Asberg
Linköping University, Sweden 

Ellise Barkley
Queensland University of Technology, Australia  

Shampa Biswas
Whitman College, United States 

Roland Bleiker
University of Queensland, Australia

Mick Broderick
Murdoch University, Australia 

Adam Broinowski
Australian National University, Australia

Paul Brown
University of New South Wales, Australia

Julia Bryan-Wilson 
University of California at Berkeley, United States  

Anthony Burke
Australian Defence Force Academy at UNSW, Australia 

Joseph A. Camilleri
La Trobe University, Australia

Robert Del Tredici
Atomic Photographers Guild, Canada

Jenny Edkins 
The University of Manchester, England 

Richard A. Falk 
Princeton University, United States 

Stefanie Fishel
Alabama University, United States

Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes
Central European University, Hungary 

Jacob Darwin Hamblin
Oregon State University, United States

Michael Hamel-Green
Victoria University, A

Julian Hewit
Media Arts Lawyers, Australia 

Myra Hird 
Queen’s University, Canada

Robert Jacobs
Hiroshima City University, Japan 

Karena Kalmbach
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

John Kinsella
Curtin University, Australia 

Redi Koobak
University of Bergen, Norway 

Peter Kuran
Atom Central, United States 

Isabel Lane 
Yale University, United States 

Eve Andrée Laramée
Pace University, United States

L.H.M. Ling
The New School, United States

Livia Monnet
University of Montreal, Canada

John O’Brian
University of British Columbia, Canada

Trisha Thompson Pritikin
Consequences of Radiation Exposure Musem, United States 

Peter Rickwood
Atomic Reporters, Austria

Susan Schuppli
Goldsmiths at University College London, England

Martha Smith-Norris
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Robert Williams
University of Cumbria, England

Peter C. van Wyck
Concordia University, Canada