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News release - Issued by National Railway Museum - 7 Oct 2016

National Railway Museum inspires engineers of tomorrow 

• New ‘Future Engineers’ exhibition allows children to discover
their own ‘hidden engineer’

• Includes ‘Locos in a Different Light’ 26 – 29 October

The National Railway Museum in York is launching a new, fun and interactive exhibition, ‘Future Engineers’, to encourage children to discover their ‘hidden engineer’ and find out how they can shape the railways of tomorrow.

The nine-day long celebration of engineering past, present and future will allow families to take part in a series of interactive and educational activities offering children the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the real-life challenges that engineers face in the rail industry.

Taking place across the October half-term holiday, the hands-on exhibition will include exciting ‘live’ engineering demonstrations and the chance for youngsters to take part in a group challenge being delivered in association with engineering group Atkins.

There will also be the opportunity to meet with engineers working on Britain’s biggest rail projects, such as Crossrail and HS2, and to discover more about a future career in engineering.

One of the other key highlights of the week for visitors will be the ‘Locos in a Different Light’ art installation that forms part of the annual ‘Illuminating York’ event.

Over four evenings from 26-29 October, part of the museum’s world-famous collection will be brought to life with amazing colour and light. Curated by renowned artists ‘Heinrich & Palmer’, make sure you don’t miss a rare chance to see your favourite locomotives illuminated in innovative soundscapes, colour and light.

Kirsten Berry, Learning Manager at the National Railway Museum, said: “With the current skills gap the UK is facing, we wanted to really inspire young people about engineering, with hands-on tasks jointly developed with the rail industry.

Children will have the chance to test their problem-solving skills and meet real engineers, including those working on the big exciting projects of the day, such as Crossrail and HS2.

Our Future Engineers event is the perfect half-term family activity. It will be a fun and educational way to raise awareness of the importance of Britain’s rail engineering heritage and the opportunities for a career in engineering. We might find a few engineering stars of the future.”

Future Engineers’ interactive exhibition opens on Saturday 22 October and will run throughout the school half-term week. The final day of the event will be Sunday 30 October.

‘Future Engineers’ is sponsored by Angel Trains, Porterbrook and Eversholt, and runs from 22 to 30 October at the National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ.

The museum is open 10am to 6pm and admission is free.


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