Archive of Nuclear Harm

The Archive of Nuclear Harm exhibits, screens, publishes and collects materials on life and death in the nuclear age. We also design and deliver educational programs. Our mission is to create a resource deep into the nuclear future, that is accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

Items of interest include artworks and other cultural artefacts that explore the full range of harms—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. Since the legacy of the nuclear age must be conceived on timescales of up to one million years, and threaten the continued safe operating conditions of Earth’s biosphere, this will be a memory institution like no other.

The Archive was established in 2012, and is currently a contributing project of the Mistra and Formas-sponsored Environmental Humanities Collaboratory at Linköping Univeristy in Sweden. 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.

Key project outputs 

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘Manifesto for an Archive of Nuclear Harm’, Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, Fall 2018. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘Why reimagine Monte Bello, Emu, and Maralinga?’, in Paul Brown, N.A.J. Taylor and Ellise Barkley (eds.), “Reimagining Monte Bello, Emu, and Maralinga: Australia’s Nuclear Culture”, Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, Is. 4, 2018. [PDF available on request]

Paul Brown, N.A.J. Taylor and Ellise Barkley (eds.), “Reimagining Monte Bello, Emu, and Maralinga: Australia’s Nuclear Culture”. Special issue of Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, Is. 4, 2018. [Including contributions by: Ellise Barkley, Jessie Boylan, Mick Broderick, Paul Brown, Teresa Crea, Linda Dement, Merilyn Fairskye, Adrian Glamorgan, Robert Jacobs, Luke Harrald, Steve Harrison, Avon Hudson, Christobel Mattingley, Nic Mollison, Gordon Murray, Warren (Ebay) Paul, Keith Peters, Elizabeth PO, John Romeril, Mima Smart, N.A.J. Taylor, and John Turpie.] [Link to book portal]

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘An ecology of Antipodean nuclear art’. Keynote lecture sponsored by the Department of Art History and Film Studies and the Department of Literatures and Languages of the World, University of Montréal, Montréal, Canada, March 11, 2017. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor, Nuclear Deferral, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Australia, August 17-September 11, 2016 (with Andrew Hustwaite) and Maxey Museum for Man and Nature, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, United States, September 26-28, 2016, and School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, 22-24 June 2017. [LINK]

Sponsor/s

O’Donnell Endowed Chair in Global Studies, Whitman College, 2016 ($10,000)
College Academy for Research & Creative Activity, University of Alabama, 2016 ($3,075, with Stefanie Fishel)
Pozible crowdsourcing, 2016 ($6,421)
Alphaville/Australia Council for the Arts, 2015-16 ($5,000)