10 Excellent Engineering Events

This year, the Women’s Engineering Society celebrates its centenary – 100 years of inspiring and supporting women engineers, scientists and technologists. From electrifying cathedrals to hidden war bunkers, here are 10 great industrial and engineering-related events taking part in Heritage Open Days this September.

© Andrew Davies Photography - See the stunning Ryhope Pumping Station this September

Discover the woman who electrified a cathedral

Winchester, Hampshire

Learn about the woman who electrified Winchester Cathedral! In this talk, join speaker Ceryl Evans to learn more about the extraordinary, but largely forgotten, Jeanie Dicks – the ‘girl engineer’ who, in 1934, made history by managing the difficult job of the cathedral’s electrification.

See the station in steam

Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Watch these beams in action over HODs! / © Ryhope Engines Trust

Marvel at the distinctive Victorian Beam Engines, operating under steam power as they have since 1868, when you visit Ryhope Pumping Station this September. The site even includes a working water wheel and blacksmith’s shop – where you may be able to pick up a special memento of your trip.

Uncover a hive of industry in Hull

Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Catch this exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the UK’s leading port operator: the Port of Hull. Its mammoth gantry cranes serve 15 container ships a week, and a whopping £12 billion of goods pass through every year, making it one of the busiest and most significant ports in Britain – and a festival favourite.

Visit a mill with a view 

Waltham, Lincolnshire

Ride on Grimsby & Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society miniature railway / © - Barry Green


Stunning local views are on offer when you climb to the top of Waltham Windmill, where the mill’s Preservation Society has fought for over 50 years to maintain the iconic, six storeyed, six sailed working mill.

Step into a WWII bunker

Ringwood, Dorset

Explore this hidden – and usually inaccessible – piece of WWII history at the Generator House and Night Shelter Bunker, which was used in the war to power and control lights to mimic nearby RAF airfields. 

Visit this monument of our industrial and social heritage

Explore an ancient brass mill

Saltford, Bristol

Near the River Avon is Saltford Brass Mill, where there’s so much waiting to be explored – from the now unique annealing furnace, to the 18ft working cast iron water wheel, to the peaceful garden with running water wheel models.

More than “The 3 B’s of Reading”

Reading, Berkshire

Go on a journey of discovery in Industrial Reading. This tour will take you from medieval times to the 20th century to see how textiles, agriculture and engineering all came to thrive in the area – with a particular focus along and near the Kennet Navigation.

Celebrate over 200 years of Grenoside Steel

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Why not hear from the experts themselves on the fascinating history and community value of Grenoside Steel Works, built in 1797. You can even head down for a visit to the furnace cellar.

Tours will give a real insight into the history and engineering of Marsh Mill

See a distinctive Fylde windmill

Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire

One of the tallest in Europe, at an incredible height of 70ft (21.5m), the 18th century Marsh Mill offers the chance to explore its authentic, working machinery and, if the rain stays away, watch the mill’s sails turn.

Ever wondered what happens when you flush?

Launceston, Cornwall

Wonder no more! This tour of St Leonard’s Launceston Wastewater Treatment Works, operating for over 120 years, will give you behind-the-scenes access to the process.

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