Celebration of engineering feats

Tynwald president Claire Christian at the opening of the 'Engineering Through The Ages' with Education Minister Tim Crookall, Brenden Creer, 11, Kyson Bell, 12, and William Gawne-Nicholls, eight

Tynwald president Claire Christian at the opening of the 'Engineering Through The Ages' with Education Minister Tim Crookall, Brenden Creer, 11, Kyson Bell, 12, and William Gawne-Nicholls, eight

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Manx engineering feats from the 1830s to the present day have gone on show.

The display at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre at Hill’s Meadow was unveiled last week by Tynwald President Clare Christian.

The engineering and manufacturing sector has teamed up with students from primary and secondary schools and the Isle of Man College, which runs the training centre, to organise the display as part of Island of Culture 2014.

Schools and the College researched the innovations of individuals and companies that put the island on the map during an allocated 20-year period.

The result is 10 large aluminium panels that feature developments from a ship built by the people of Peel 200 years ago right through to parts for aeroplanes and spacecraft being manufactured today.

Engineering sector skills champion Adrian Harrison said: ‘The island has a proud history of engineering and innovation and this strength has led to a sector that today employs some 3,000 people in 173 companies and makes a significant contribution to the Manx economy.

‘The display, which has been nine months in the planning, features some of the island’s landmark achievements over the years – ranging from the world’s largest water wheel in Laxey and the famous steam and electric railways through to practical inventions such as the kettle thermostat and intricate creations such as handmade luxury wristwatches.

‘The panels also depict the major role island companies play in the aviation sector and the fact one local company has even manufactured optics for the Mars Curiosity Rover.’

He added: ‘Hopefully the display will encourage our trainee engineers to develop their skills so they can continue the great tradition of creating some of the world’s best engineering products.’

Tony Wild MLC, a political member of the Department of Education and Department of Economic Development, said Hills Meadow was the perfect venue for the display given the £1m investment by government in creating a centre of excellence for training at Hill’s Meadow that opened this autumn.

Anyone interested in viewing the display should email John.Cashin@iomcollege.ac.im or call 648300.

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