Back to the future for Lincoln’s 3rd Spark Engineering festival

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Lincoln Cathedral in May – for the return of the Spark Engineering Festival – an event which showcases the county’s rich heritage in engineering.

Taking place from 5th to 7th May- this years Spark festival takes the theme of ‘Back to the Future’ – a celebration of Lincolnshire’s pioneering excellence in engineering and its lead in engineering innovation now and in the future.

Co-organised by a number of leading local companies and City of Lincoln Council, Spark aims to inspire and ignite interest in engineering among the young looking to their future career as well as further a sense of pride within the sector, which includes world beating businesses in the county, as well with the wider community.

Paul Taylor, chief advisor to Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Ltd and chairman of the festival, told Business Link Magazine: “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. We also want to inform the public in the field of engineering, in particular encouraging young people to choose engineering as a field of study.”

Visitors will see a number of impressive exhibits and interactive displays, including an amazing 50ft timeline covering the evolution of engineering in Lincolnshire. They will also meet representatives from local firms and take part in a variety of hands-on activities.

Spark Engineering Festival is organised and sponsored by a collaboration of leading local organisations, businesses and education establishments, including: City of Lincoln Council, The Education Business Partnership, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, Optima Design, Cartwright Communications, GLLEP, Investors in Lincoln, Streets Chartered Accountants and LEAP.