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Training courses run throughout the year, on a set date and ad hoc basis. These are designed to equip participants with the skills required to breed, raise and study mutant and knockout mice, as well as provide instruction on specific techniques routinely used at MRC Harwell.

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The MouseBook database provides free access to data from our ageing screen, imprinting genes and other resources. Search for a gene or phenotype to discover more about our lines and place an order.

Harwell's name is well-known in the libraries and archives world for our work in restoration of collections after fire and flood damage. You may not be aware that we are also able to support our clients in many other spheres, taking advantage of our skilled workforce and decades of experience in handling specialist collections to provide specialist consultancy and major project management.

In 1954 AERE was incorporated into the newly formed United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). Harwell and other laboratories were to assume responsibility for atomic energy research and development. It was part of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The Church of England parish church of Saint Matthew may date from the 11th century.[3] In 1962 The Times reported that walling had been found west of the tower indicating where a former nave had been.[3] The herringbone layering of the masonry suggested that an 11th-century date is likely.[3] At the same time a pewter chalice from about 1200 was found.[3]

In 1975 a two-storey extension was built on the north wall which now contains a parish office.[citation needed] A new church hall was built in 1994.[citation needed]

Until the Second World War Harwell may have been best known for its cherry orchards.[14]

MRC Harwell conducts research into numerous aspects of mouse genetics, from development to ageing. It is part of the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC), a large-scale collaborative effort to attach a phenotype to knockout mice for every gene in the genome.

A joint venture between Harwell Campus Developments Ltd, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the UK Atomic Energy Authority owns and manages the campus.

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Harwell's remaining public house, The Hart of Harwell, is on the corner of High Street.

The village has two shops: a butcher and a combined newsagent and off licence.

Harwell can provide a professional, knowledgeable and experienced perspective on your emergency plan to ensure its efficacy if ever implemented. Through observing hundreds of plans in action, we have built up a bank of knowledge on the key factors which will ensures a planís success and the common pitfalls. Key components include:

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Harwell Campus houses over £1 billion of world-leading research infrastructure – and a matching wealth of expertise and experience – delivered by organisations such as:

The Decorated Gothic chancel is early 14th century and has a five-light east window.[4] The rood screen is probably of the same date, but the screen's Perpendicular Gothic top is later.[4]

We provide a written assessment based on our professional experience and current standards, detailed guidance on how to improve the content of the plan, and interesting ideas on how to present information in the most user-friendly format. Plan reviews cost from £75 + VAT but are free for Priority Users. Contact us to discuss your plan in more detail.

There are several clubs and societies in the village. These include a Royal Legion, a Scout Group, a Tennis Club, a Horticultural Society, Harwell Feast Committee, Harwell Rugby Club, football clubs, and others.

In 1937 RAF Harwell was built between Harwell and Chilton. The airfield was used in World War II to launch glider-borne troops for the invasion of Normandy.

Business locating on campus alongside world-class science facilities and organisations thrive in this collaborative and supportive environment. View case studies and success stories.

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Magali Vaissiere, Head of the European Space Agency's ECSAT

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Our excellent facilities and extensive expertise in mouse functional genomics enable us to provide a multitude of services for the scientific community, including specialised techniques, mouse lines and genetic archives. All information gathered is made freely available on MouseBook.

Harwell benefits from several bus services including Thames Travel's X32 and 32A service between Oxford, Didcot and Wantage.[2] Buses run up to every 30 minutes to Wantage and Oxford with buses between Harwell, Didcot and Harwell Campus running up to every 15 minutes during the daytime.

The Harwell Feast is a celebration held on the Monday of the May Bank Holiday[which?] each year. The celebrations include a parade of decorated floats and people through the village. The recreation ground hosts various fund-raising stalls and displays including sheepdog handling and historic cars. Either a cow or a couple of pigs are roasted for the feast.

This programme is targeted at the high throughput delivery of publically accessible mouse lines which will advance our knowledge of human disease and/or be of widespread use in biomedical science.

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Harwell is a village and civil parish in the Vale of White Horse about 2 miles (3 km) west of Didcot, roughly 6 miles (10 km) east of Wantage and approximately 13 miles (21 km) south of Oxford. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.

The MRC Mouse Network is a forum for UK scientists to engage with the IMPC, an international program to determine the function of  every gene in the mouse genome.


The present nave, east of the tower, was built in about 1200.[3] This second nave has north and south aisles with three-bay arcades.[3] The west tower may have been begun at the same time, but its Early English Gothic bell openings suggest that it may not have been finished until the middle of the 13th century.[4]

Over 4,500 people work on the campus in some 150 organisations.[8] Major companies and organisations on the site include:

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It is open, on a competitive basis, to research teams from UK universities, as well as to Diamond and RAL staff. The MRC is leading the project on behalf of RCUK, in partnership with BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC, STFC and Diamond.

Two other general stores have closed in the village over the last 20 years,[clarification needed] along with the village bakery.[citation needed]

There is a new website for pages and photos relating to the history of Harwell. That site contains the full text of the 1985 book "Village for a 1000 years".

On 4 April 1899 Police Constable John Charlton was killed in an affray outside the Chequers. His 2 killers were felled and arrested by another officer, PC Thomas Hewett and were later sentenced to 20 years hard labour for manslaughter[12][13]