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 nuclear weapons, energy, accidents 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 now a contributing project of the Nuclear Futures partnership initiative, a three-year arts and culture program sponsored by the Australia Council for the Arts, and The Seed Box, a Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory based in the Department of Thematic Studies at Linköping University, Sweden.

Key project outputs 

Paul Brown, N.A.J. Taylor and Ellise Barkley (eds.), “Montebello, Emu, Maralinga: Australia’s Nuclear Culture”, Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, Issue 5, 2017. [Including contributions by: James Arvanitakis, Ellise Barkley, Jessie Boylan, Mick Broderick, Adam Broinowski, Paul Brown, Russell Bryant, Teresa Crea, Linda Dement, Merilyn Fairskye, Adrian Glamorgan, Robert (Bo) Jacobs, Luke Harrald, Steve Harrison, Avon Hudson, Ingrid Matthews, Christobel Mattingley, Nic Mollison, Gordon Murray, Warren (Ebay) Paul, Keith Peters, Elizabeth PO’, John Romeril, Mima Smart OAM, N.A.J. Taylor, and John Turpie.] [PDF of proposal]

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 and Robert Jacobs (eds.), Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the post-Cold War, Routledge, U.K.: London, 2017. [Published in Routledge’s “War, Politics and Experience” book series edited by Christine Sylvester, and including contributions by: Ran Zwigenberg, Yuki Miyamoto, Thomas Doyle II, Stefanie Fishel, Kathleen Sullivan, Makeda Best, elin o’Hara slavik, Jessica Rapson, Robert Jacobs, Stuart Bender, Adam Broinowski, Erik Ropers, Marcel Quiroz, Imafuku Ryuta, Mick Broderick.] [LINK]

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]


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