• Title: BEPO – The British Experimental Pile ‘0’, Harwell
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Description

Watercolour on Paper. Signed.

William Heaton Cooper was perhaps the quintessential painter of Lakeland landscapes and this picture appears to be a one-off, possibly painted as a Commission for the UKAEA.

BEPO was the first research reactor of significant power in the UK. It was commissioned in 1948 and used primarily for the production of radio-isotopes and neutrons for nuclear measurements. It was used to demonstrate that commercial nuclear power reactors could be viable and was a forerunner of Windscale. It was closed in 1968.

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