Spark Engineering Festival Returns To Lincoln
Lincoln Cathedral will host a celebration of Lincolnshire’s pioneering excellence in engineering when the Spark Engineering Festival returns in May, with the theme of ‘Back to the Future’.
The event will run for three days, from 5th – 7th May, showcasing cutting-edge developments and the reasons why Lincolnshire-based companies are world leaders in engineering innovation. Visitors will be able to meet engineers and technologists, take part in hands-on exhibits, and find out more about the work of local companies and their engineering ingenuity. There will also be a range of interesting exhibits including:
- 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);
- The Monowheel Warhorse- Guinness World Record holder for the fastest monowheel motorcycle;
- One of only a handful of surviving models of the 1920’s Ruston-Hornsby The ‘Venture’ steam engine, Little Bill, built in Lincoln in 1914 by William Foster & Co – who would two years later invent the tank which shortened the length of the First World War.
Paul Taylor, chief advisor to Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Ltd and chairman of the festival, said: “We are delighted to bring this festival to Lincoln for a third time. In 2015, Spark attracted more than 8,000 engineers, teachers, students and business people – and this year, we hope to increase the number of visitors to what is now a stand out event on the regional calendar.
“Lincolnshire has world-leading engineering businesses, teachers, researchers and technologists who are applying their knowledge and skills to innovate design, create and supply the best engineering people, services and products worldwide. This festival is about increasing awareness of that engineering ingenuity and innovation, in Lincoln and the surrounding area, that has worldwide impact”.
Co-organised by local companies and City of Lincoln Council, Spark aims to ignite interest in engineering and the world beating businesses in the county, and to inspire young people looking to their future careers.