Project Information Page

This page is for those who are interested in taking part in my research project as an interviewee, please continue reading for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions,

Project title: Remembering the Nuclear Everyday: Uncovering, Understanding, and Disassembling an Emotional History of Britain’s Nuclear Bomb, 1945-1989 and Beyond.

Before you decide whether to participate in this research study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and feel free to ask if you would like more information or if there is anything that you do not understand. You should only agree to take part if you want to. Thank you for reading this.

What is the purpose of the study?
This is a historical research project that aims to find out more about the emotional history of nuclear Britain from 1945 to 1989, with a particular focus on emotions, and more specifically nuclear anxiety. I hope to research the experience of everyday life under the nuclear threat during this period. Many histories exist on the Cold War and Britain, but few have written on the emotional history of everyday people during this time. The project hopes to expand our historical knowledge of the Cold War.

Can I take part?
The project wishes to gain the day-to-day historical perspective and as a result, interviews are the best way of doing this. If you lived in Belfast, London, Glasgow, Liverpool, or Cardiff (or their surrounding areas) at any time throughout the Cold War, then you may take part in the research project.

Do I have to take part?
Participation is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time.

What will happen if I take part?
If you agree to take part, an interview will be arranged for some time in the near future. This interview will look at various aspects of everyday life over a reasonably large period of time. Interviews will be highly informal, at a location of your choosing. Facilities on the University of Liverpool’s campus can be made available if desired. Interviews can be done with another person (family members etc.) present if you feel uncomfortable interviewing alone, or if you feel their testimony would also be of worth to the project. You will be asked about your memories from the time period; including family life, work life, leisure activities and what you can recall about the city itself (depending if you have memories from the following cities: Belfast, Liverpool, London, Cardiff, and Glasgow). Please feel free to bring along old photographs or other memorabilia. This will be recorded using a voice recorder. Interviews can be as short or as long as you wish.

Depending on how the project develops, follow-up interviews which go into more detail on specific topics may be sought. However, this will again be entirely voluntary.

Reasonable travel expenses will be covered depending on where you wish to conduct the interview. Please keep your receipts, bus tickets etc. so that reimbursement can be arranged.

Are there any risks in taking part?
The risks in taking part in this project are minimal. If you have any questions or are worried about anything, please don’t hesitate to get in touch anytime.

Are there any benefits in taking part?
It is hoped that, in reminiscing about the past, this will be an enjoyable project to take part in and that you will be proud to be contributing evidence to help write new histories Cold War, British urban local cities, and your memories of this period.

What if I am unhappy or if there is a problem?
If you are unhappy, or if there is a problem, please feel free to let me know by contacting Ms. Emily Gibbs (details below) and I will try to help. If you remain unhappy or have a complaint which you feel you cannot come to me with then you should contact either my academic research supervisors (details below) or the University of Liverpool Research Governance Officer on 0151 794 8290 ( When contacting the Research Governance Officer, please provide details of the name or description of the study (so that it can be identified), the researcher involved, and the details of the complaint you wish to make.

What will happen to the results of the study?
The recordings generated from interviews will be used in the researcher’s doctoral thesis (PhD). The thesis will be made publicly available to researchers via the University of Liverpool’s Sydney Jones Library. The information gained from interviews may be used to write articles for academic journals or a published historical monograph/book at a later date.

Will my participation be kept confidential?
You can remain anonymous if you so wish. The standard procedure is that participants will be made anonymous by default, unless you wish to include your name. Before the thesis goes to submission, you will be contacted to double check if you wish to be anonymised, and if so, if you would like to choose your own anonymised name. This way you will be able to find yourself in the thesis. If you would like to be anonymous, your name will not be included in materials being published or made publicly available to researchers, nor will any information that may compromise your identity. Parts of the interview can be withheld from research upon request. Even if you are happy for your name to be publicly used, personal details such as your address will not be revealed. This will be discussed at the beginning of the interview, which will also give you a chance to ask any questions you might have about the process.

Will my taking part be covered by an insurance scheme?
Participants taking part in a University of Liverpool ethically-approved study will have cover.

What will happen if I want to stop taking part?
You can withdraw at any time, without explanation. Interviews can be terminated at any point, without explanation. Any information given up to that point may be used if you are happy for this to be done. Otherwise, you may request that it is destroyed and no further use is made of it.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?
The contact details of the researcher are:

Ms. Emily Gibbs
School of Histories, Languages & Cultures
University of Liverpool
9 Abercromby Square
L69 7WZ