Celebration of engineering held at Westminster Abbey
A service of Thanksgiving to celebrate The Year of Engineering was held at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 22nd November 2018. The contributions engineers make to society were a focal point for the celebrations, with special reference to the engineering professions work to inspire the next generation.
Representatives from across the engineering profession, engineering charities and government gathered together tocelebrate great engineers past and present. During the address, Professor Dame Ann Dowling (President of the Royal Academy of Engineering), celebrated the work of British engineers, including Thomas Telford and Robert Stephenson, who are buried at the abbey. Dowling also spoke on the role of engineers in the future: “Engineering expertise will be key to tackling the global challenges we face in the years to come. Engineers will play a central role in addressing the effects of climate change and rising sea levels. They will help to ensure that our growing population will have access to food, water, clean energy and affordable healthcare.”
As a partner of the Year of Engineering, our Chief Executive Katie was invited to read a prayer during the service. Engineers Without Borders UK were also the nominated charity to receive donations, we’d like to thank everyone that donated during the event.
In attendance at the service, Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said:
“In a year which has seen government and industry join forces to raise the bar for inspiring the next generation of engineers, what could be more fitting than to come together to celebrate the contribution that engineers have made and will continue to make to all of our lives?
The Year of Engineering has been a chance to show young people across the UK all that this profession has to offer them – and to spread the message that engineering needs talented young people from all walks of life to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face.”
We’d like to thank the ICE, Royal Academy of Engineering and the HM Government for organising the service and highlighting the fantastic work of engineers. It was a great pleasure to receive the donations following the service, over £3,500 was raised including Gift Aid. Thank you again to everyone that donated!