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Back To The Future At The National Railway Museum
This October half term, the National Railway Museum’s biggest annual event ‘Future Engineers’ returns for a third year, with a packed programme of free activities and shows to inspire the whole family.

The event is part of the Government’s Year of Engineering and runs during October half term (27 October – 4 November) in the museum’s famous Great Hall. More than 40,000 people from across the region are expected to visit.

Among headlining performers this year, is award-winning science presenter, author and rapper Jon Chase who returns for a second year, to treat audiences to live hip-hop that covers everything from steam to science and space travel.

There will also be a host of other exciting activities for young people to explore, including the chance to design your own robot railway, to take part in pop-up science shows and to discover how signals work in our ‘Screwball Signals’ marble maze.

New for 2018 is ‘Izzy’s Incredible Adventure’ – an interactive live show where the audience is invited to help Izzy reach for the stars, finding out how rockets, hot air balloons and hovercrafts work.

photo by Simon Dewhurst
Future Engineers will also feature guest displays and pop-up exhibitions from the Science Museum (Our Lives in Data) and the Institution of Civil Engineering (Invisible Superheroes) as well as the chance to meet real engineers working on some of the UK’s biggest projects.

Lynne Minett, Head of Learning and Events at the National Railway Museum said:

“Future Engineers is back for a third year and we have an exciting line up of free shows and activities for families to enjoy over half term. We have a mix of new and returning headline acts including award-winning science rapper Jon Chase, coding workshops and your chance to build a robot railway.”

“As well as providing great entertainment, we are hoping to ignite a spark of interest in young people and to break down barriers to show that engineering and science are all around us. We especially want to reach more girls who are underrepresented in engineering, which is why half of our 100 visiting engineers this year, will be women.”

Since the first Future Engineers launched in 2016, the programme has reached more than 70,000 young people and families.

For 2018, the National Railway Museum has teamed up with the Government’s Year of Engineering campaign in a bid to show families the variety and creativity of engineering careers and to inspire more young women to develop an interest in science and engineering. According to research, the UK needs 203,000 skilled recruits each year until 2024, yet only one third of parents know what an engineer does and only 12% of engineers are women.

The National Railway Museum is inviting 100 engineers from leading organisations and firms from across the UK to take part and has set a target for 50% of all engineers taking part to be women.

Nusrat Ghani, Minister for the Year of Engineering, said:

“A career in engineering is a chance to create, innovate and shape the future – from travel and space exploration to life-changing technology. Bringing these opportunities to life for young people from all backgrounds is at the heart of the Year of Engineering, and the National Railway Museum’s Future Engineers event will do just that.”

The National Railway Museum in York celebrates the past, present and future of the railways and tells the story of how engineering and innovation changed the world.

As well as taking part in Future Engineers, families visiting the museum during half term can experience a new exhibition called ‘Testing’, which brings people face to face with the UK’s latest railway technology from Crossrail, HS2 and the UK’s first Hyperloop pod.

There will be a separate programme of Future Engineers events for school groups running from 7 -16 November.

The National Railway Museum is open 10am to 6pm, admission and most Future Engineers activities are free, although some activities must be booked in advance – see here for details: www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/future-engineers

Back To The Future At The National Railway Museum, 26th October 2018, 16:07 PM