Discover North East Wales’ amazing engineering heritage with Techniquest Glyndŵr!

Techniquest Glyndŵr has been awarded funding to bring an exciting programme of events to the Wrexham area this summer.

Techniquest Glyndŵr are very pleased to have been selected as one of the recipients of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2019 Ingenious grants, which are awarded to projects that present engineering in new and exciting ways to diverse audiences across the UK.

Their project, “11 Mile Journey – Discovering North Wales’ Amazing Engineering” will celebrate the unique engineering heritage of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, which this year marks 10 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Techniquest Glyndŵr is developing new, interactive workshops and family-friendly activities which will demonstrate the amazing feat of engineering that makes the 11 miles of canal, including two aqueducts, so special.

These activities will be delivered free of charge at community events and schools across the area from June-October this year. Confirmed events so far include our presence at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, a family fun day at Trevor Basin on 29th June, and workshops at Ty Mawr Country Park on 26th July.

Through these events, Techniquest Glyndŵr will give local communities the chance to learn more about the strong engineering heritage of the area through hands-on, interactive activities, as well as providing an insight into current opportunities within engineering by working with local engineers from industry, academia and professional institutes at the events.

The activities will contribute to a wider programme of exciting events for everyone to get involved in; including family fun days, dance workshops, photography and poetry competitions, and much more; which will be taking place across the region this year to commemorate 10 years since the inscription of the Canal and Aqueduct as a World Heritage Site.

The events are being delivered in partnership with Wrexham County Borough Council, Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB, and Canal and River Trust, amongst others. Keep an eye out for details of these events as they are announced!

Looking for Engineers

Techniquest Glyndŵr is currently looking for engineers to collaborate with on this project, to assist with the delivery of these activities and act as industry experts for our audiences to meet and engage with.

Engineers involved in the project will benefit from bespoke support, information and training from Techniquest Glyndŵr to boost their confidence, and be given the opportunity to engage with different people and enhance their own public engagement skills. A minimum commitment of attending one 90-minute training session and one event for the project is all that is asked, no previous experience necessary!

Dawn Pavey, Projects and Fundraising Coordinator at Techniquest Glyndŵr said;

“I am very excited that Techniquest Glyndŵr is working in partnership with local organisations, engineering firms, county councils and professional institutes to bring workshops and activities to the communities that live on the doorstep of the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site.

Techniquest Any engineers who are interested in volunteering for this project, as well as any schools, community groups or event organisers in the local area who would like to know more about these activities, are invited to contact Hannah Marubbi (hannah@tqg.org.uk) or Dawn Pavey (dawn@tqg.org.uk) at Techniquest Glyndŵr, or phone 01978 293948 / 01978 293400 to speak to one of us."

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