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The Papers of Lord Hinton of Bankside

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HINT

Scope and Contents

Includes two copies of Lord Hinton's unpublished memoirs covering his life and career from 1901-70; lectures and talks, 1950s & 1960s; and planning and progress charts for the United Kingdom's atomic energy programme, 1946-54, with an interesting and informative covering letter by Hinton dated April 1982.

The bulk of the material concerns Hinton's involvement with the development of nuclear energy in UK, but there are also papers and lectures relating to his report for the Ministry of Transport on the carriage of parcels and small items (1968) and on the prospects for nuclear power in developing countries.


  • Creation: 1946 - 1990

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is mostly open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Hinton was born in Tisbury, Wiltshire, on 12 May 1901 and educated at Chippenham Grammar School. After serving an apprenticeship he studied at Trinity College, Cambridge. He worked at ICI (Alkali) Northwich from 1931-40, when he was seconded to the Ministry of Supply. He was subsequently appointed Deputy Director-General of Filling Factories (1942-6); Deputy Controller, Atomic Energy (Production), Ministry of Supply (1946-54); and as a Member of Board for Engineering and Production and Managing Director of the Industrial Group, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (1954-57). He later served as Chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board (1957-64) and as Deputy Chairman of the Electricity Supply Council (1965-83).

Under Hinton's direction the fuel and enrichment plants at Springfields and Capenhurst, the original reactors and fuel reprocessing plant at Windscale, Calder Hall and Chapelcross nuclear power stations and the Dounreay Experimental Reactor Establishment were built.

He was knighted in 1951; became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1954; was awarded a life peerage in 1965; and the Order of Merit in 1976. He published "Engineers and Engineering" (1970) and "Heavy Current Electricity in the United Kingdom: history and Development" (1979).

He died in 1983.


6 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London..

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Hinton in 1971, 1972 and 1982. A biographical memoir relating to Hinton was deposited in 1991.

Related Materials

Further substantial papers relating to Lord Hinton are held by The National Archives: Public Record Office (papers of the UK Atomic Energy Authority) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Library.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was prepared by Andrew Riley at Churchill Archives Centre in June 2004. Biographical information was obtained from "Who Was Who 1897-1996" (A and C Black).


Hinton, Christopher, 1901-1983, Baron Hinton of Bankside, nuclear engineer

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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