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Celebration of Lincoln’s engineering past, present and future

17 April 2015
A giant pendulum hanging from the roof of Lincoln Cathedral will be just one of many exciting attractions as Spark Engineering Festival returns to Lincoln.

A three-day celebration of the city’s engineering past, present and future, the festival is free to enter and will run from Friday April 17 until Sunday April 19.

Discover fascinating facts about Lincoln's engineering heritage, find out about Lincolnshire's great engineers and see the diverse and dynamic exhibition of Lincoln’s leading edge engineering and manufacturing sector, all in the surrounds of Lincoln Cathedral - itself a great feat of medieval engineering.

From Formula One cars to jumbo jets, products made in Lincoln and Lincolnshire are used in planes, trains and automobiles around the world, with companies including Siemens, Dynex and Micrometric choosing to base their operations in the city.

Paul Taylor, CEO of Dynex and Festival Chairman, said: “This is a great opportunity to find out more about what Lincolnshire has to offer. A lot of people know that Lincoln has a rich past in engineering, but not as many people realise the city and county are still at the forefront of developments in science, maths and technology.

“Spark Engineering Festival pays tribute to the history and heritage of the city, but it also looks forward to what is happening here now – the cutting edge technology being developed right on our doorstep. It’s all about engineering, education and enjoyment.

“It promises to be a fascinating weekend showcasing our rich and diverse engineering sector and celebrating the significant role it plays in society and business, and our own lives.”

City of Lincoln Council is working with the University of Lincoln, the University Technical College, Lincoln College and a range of local engineering firms to run the event as an opportunity for people to find out more, and even to inspire the next generation to consider a career in engineering.

Hands-on activities will include a scaletrix challenge, building wind turbines using K’Nex and testing propellers in a wind tunnel.

Alongside the giant pendulum hanging from the cathedral roof, other displays will include racing cars, a steam engine, model tank and 3D printing.

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.

Admission to the festival is free. Find out more at www.visitlincoln.com/spark

For further information please contact:
Rebekah Smith - Senior Communications Officer – 01522 873384 – rebekah.smith@lincoln.gov.uk

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