Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Rebecca Johnson writes From banning nuclear tests to banning nuclear weapons ahead of our Women Beyond War conference.
Sixty years ago, on October 3 1952, the United Kingdom conducted its first nuclear test explosion, codenamed ‘Hurricane’. Marking Britain’s entry into the nuclear club, this atomic weapons test was a Commonwealth collaboration, conducted in the Monte Bello islands off the coast of Australia, with Canadian plutonium to supplement the meagre British supplies from its Windscale plant in Cumbria (later renamed Sellafield after nuclear fires and other accidents made the name Windscale a by-word for disaster).
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