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An English Nuclear Reactor Control Desk,

by Philips, c.1950, removed from A.E.R.E (Atomic Energy Research Establishment) or "Atomic Town", Harwell, Oxford.

An English Nuclear Reactor Control Desk,

by Philips, c.1950, removed from A.E.R.E (Atomic Energy Research Establishment) or "Atomic Town", Harwell, Oxford.

the sheet steel knee-hole console desk centred with a writing slope flanked by a pair of large control dials, the up-stand with an array of dials, gauges, switches buttons and lights with diverse labels - some printed, some handwritten such as "Radiation Monitor", "Tube Penning", "Kinney Pump",

£1,100

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Dimensions: 142cm (56") High, 121cm (47¾") Wide, 58cm (22¾") Deep
Stock code: 48879
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Please note: As with all electrical goods this Control Desk is sold on the basis of its decorative value only and must be installed and checked by a qualified electrician before use.

Research continues as to the precise origin of this Philips desk at Harwell – likely to have been used for “Hermes” or “Dido” or one of the other research reactors built in this groundbreaking Oxfordshire Science park. The unit was salvaged by a Physics Professor on one of the rounds of reactor de-commissioning and dis-assembly in the 1980’s – it remained at home in his milking parlour.