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Spark! Engineering Festival

  • May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017
  • 10:00am to 4:00pm

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Celebrating Lincoln's Engineering Heritage

Lincoln's most precious engineering masterpiece, Lincoln Cathedral, hosts a celebration of the city's engineering heritage, with the theme of 'Back to the Future'.

Bring your families and take part in have-a-go activities, meet today’s engineers and technologists, and find out about career and study opportunities with world leading organisations based in and around Lincoln. The event will showcase cutting-edge developments in maths, science and technology that are happening across the county right now.

Exhibits include:

  • A faithful recreation of Doc Brown's Delorean time machine from the Back To The Future films, owned by Lincoln-born Jason Bradbury (former presenter of The Gadget Show and Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln);
  • Project work on display from local Year 8 & 9 pupils in the Go4Set programme - inlcuding Eco Hotel, Stations for the Future, and The Eco Classroom;
  • Contraptions, costumes and props from the Lincoln Steampunk Society - fusing the usability of modern technology with the design aesthetic and philosophy of the Victorian age;
  • An evolved Mk2 version of the Scootsuit;
  • The Monowheel Warhorse - Guiness World Record holder for the fastest monowheel motorcycle;
  • A display from the F1 in Schools partnership between educators and industry (including Ferrari, Mercedes F1, and Red Bull) to help develop careers in engineering, Formula One, science, marketing and technology;
  • One of only a handful of surviving models of the Ruston-Hornsby car - produced by a Lincoln firm between 1919 and 1924;
  • The 'Venture' steam engine, built in Lincoln in 1914 by William Foster & Co - who would two years later invent the tank which cut short the First World War.

And be sure to see the Engineering Timeline: a 50ft long display of the history of engineering, how it has impacted the world and how Lincoln has had a vital part in its heritage.

All of this in the glorious surroundings of Lincoln Cathedral, the city's most precious engineering masterpiece.

  • The 1215 Magna Carta, an original copy of which is owned by Lincoln Cathedral and held in Lincoln Castle, was the first document known to standardise weights and measures - "There shall be but one Measure throughout the Realm" - leading to engineering as we know it today.
  • Lincoln was at the forefront of the invention of the tank, invented at William Foster engineering company. The Managing Director was William Tritton whose name has been immortalised in one of Lincoln's main roads: Tritton Road. Daphne - one of the Tanks created in Lincoln can be seen at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life
  • The School of Engineering at the University of Lincoln is the first new engineering school in the UK for over 20 years. This innovative project is supported by Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Limited, who have a large site in Lincoln. The Engineering Hub is in the heart of the Univerity's Brayford Campus.
  • The largest integrated circuit was designed in Lincoln by ISDI Ltd.  It measures over 12 cm square (over 200 times larger than the processor in your PC) and a medical imager for use in cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • Lincoln was home to the world's first ever electricity lit factory.
  • The Statue of Liberty is lit by a Lincoln-made gas turbine.
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  • Friday 5th May: 10am - 4pm (schools day)
  • Saturday 6th May: 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 7th May: 12pm - 3pm  (restrictions apply due to services)

Admission is free.

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