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Spark! Engineering Festival

  • May 4, 2019 to May 5, 2019
  • 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.

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.

In 2019 the festival will include for the first time Civil Engineering to reflect and acknowledge the importance of such engineering to Lincoln’s past – the Cathedral and present and future - new infrastructure projects including the city’s eastern bypass and transport hub.

The Festival will also explore and showcase the archaeology involved in the construction projects including road building.

Special exhibits and attractions include:

  • The ICE bridge;
  • Hands on and interactive displays for all ages;
  • The now famous engineering timeline recording the city and county’s roots in engineering and pioneering feats;
  • Robots and the use of robotics in engineering;
  • Science busking;
  • Steampunk;
  • Monowheel war horse.

Visit the Spark Lincoln website for full details of what's on, who's exhibiting, and a gallery of previous events.

  • 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.

Exhibitors and sponsors in attendance on the day include:

  • Siemens Industrial Ltd (Headline Sponsor)
  • NMB Minebea UK Ltd
  • Lincoln Engineering Society
  • Precision Polymers UK - James Dawson
  • Lincoln Engineers' Panel
  • Friends of the Lincoln Tank
  • Dynex Semiconductor Ltd
  • ITP Aero
  • LCC inc Network Archaeology and Galliford Try
  • UK Monowheel Team
  • Dr D
  • Lincoln UTC
  • Engineering Development Trust / Go4Set
  • Royal Air Force
  • Lincoln Steam Punk
  • The EBP
  • Lincoln College
  • SLHA
  • Micrometric
  • Hangar 18 Technology Ltd
  • Royal Navy and Royal Marines
  • University of Lincoln
  • ICE Bridge Schools Co-ordinator
  • Cathedral Connect
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Times & Prices

  • Friday 3rd May: 10am - 4pm (schools day)
  • Saturday 4th May: 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 5th May: 12pm - 3pm  (restrictions apply due to services)

Admission is free.

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