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Lincoln: home to engineering greats of past, present & future.

This innovative city has created groundbreaking feats of engineering, created strong and unique business partnerships and supports young people in their quest to become engineers of the future.


Lincoln Cathedral

Great feats of engineering have been present in Lincoln for almost 1000 years, beginning with the building of Lincoln Cathedral.  Built without the modern technology of today, the building still towers over the city today and is seen as one of the finest gothic buildings in Europe.

Tours of the roof and tower of Lincoln Cathedral are available throughout the year so you can explore the stunning architecture of the cathedral for yourself. Admission is £6 and includes all tours.


The World's First Tanks

The tank was designed and built by William Trttion at William Fosters & Co. Ltd of Lincoln during the First World War. By developing agricultural vehicles that could easily cross trenches and barbed wire, the tank revolutionised combat and helped break the stalemate of trench warfare. Designed almost 100 years ago in 1915, the impact of this development in 1915 is still highly important to the armies of today.

This image is of a Mark IV tank named Flirt and is one of the only remaining WW1 tanks today. It can be seen on display at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life which has free entry.



Lincoln's aviation links don't stop at the RAF bases positioned around the county; the city was at the centre of the UK fledgling aviation industry during the First World War.

At its peak, Lincoln was one of the largest aircraft production areas in the world; producing over 3,500 aircraft and 3,000 aero engines.  The image on the right is of the Ruston Proctor & Co factory which produced aero engines and aircraft woodworking; the company was the country's largest producer of aircraft engines during WW1.


Gas Turbines

Pioneered by Bob Feilden of Ruston & Hornsby in the 1950's, the development of small heavy duty gas turbines for industrial purposes has helped revolutionise the industry.

Gas turbines, or combustion turbine, engines are used in jets, helicopters, power plants and even some tanks - and new developments are still being made today. 


Siemens and the University of Lincoln School of Engineering

Today, Siemens is the largest employer in the city and has partnered with the University of Lincoln to create a groundbreaking collaboration, the pioneering School of Engineering.

Siemens Industrial Turbo-machinery has made a multi-million pound commitment to support the school, with an objective to help prepare ‘industry-ready’ graduates who can go directly into cutting edge industry.

For more information visit the Siemens website and the School of Engineering Website.

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