Discover the history of bridges

Learn about bridges and their important part in our lives at a free talk being hosted jointly by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Among the earliest structures in human history, the need for bridges has led to constant innovation and ingenuity, as will be revealed during the evening event at the University of Greenwich’s Medway Campus.

The practical, political, economic and religious importance of bridges over the centuries has influenced their design and materials. The lecture will consider those factors in relation to the history of civil engineering and the bridge builders of the time, as well as highlighting the critical moments in the advance of bridge design techniques.

Chartered civil engineer Sue Threader will present the lecture. She said: “Bridges are perhaps one of the earliest and best illustrations of the art and science of civil engineering.

“The evening will include a journey through the history of bridges, and should be an enjoyable and informative event for anyone with an interest in the world around them, whether expert or novice.”

Mrs Threader is Chairman of the local ICE Historical Engineering Group and Chief Executive of the Rochester Bridge Trust.

The talk, titled The History of Bridge Design and Construction, will begin at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 22nd March, with refreshments available from 6pm.

Tickets are free but must be booked online at Non-members are welcome.

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