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ICE to celebrate 200th anniversary

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The ICE is launching a programme of events to celebrate its 200th anniversary next year.

The ICE 200 programme will feature the people and projects who have made an impact on society across the UK and internationally, telling the story of civil engineering over the last 200 years. The aim is to celebrate civil engineering, and inspire the next generation of engineers.

It will draw together 200 people or projects at the institution’s iconic One Great George Street headquarters in London.

The story behind each will be told using a variety of media, including short films, case studies, and a global interactive map on the ICE website. Stories will be released across the anniversary year and a book featuring photographs and inspirational stories will be published.

A new exhibition showcasing the programme will be held at the ICE’s Visit England accredited infrastructure learning hub. The hub is currently hosting the ICE’s bridge engineering exhibition, which has attracted almost 10,000 visitors.

The exhibition has brought the science and history behind bridges to new audiences using technological innovations like virtual reality.

 “This is an exciting opportunity to explore the people, places and projects that have transformed the lives of communities across the globe,” said ICE engineering knowledge director Nathan Baker.

“Civil engineers contribute a huge amount to society and yet not everyone knows the story of what or who helped to shape the fabric of modern civilisation, or how. In some ways, they are what you might call ‘invisible superheroes’.

“The ICE 200 programme will tell these stories, looking at engineering greats and major engineering feats. It will also look ahead at what civil engineers will do to help shape the future of society in a new digital era.”

ICE teams are already working with members to draw up a list of projects from across all branches of civil engineering. The ICE 200 exhibition will showcase great civil engineering feats from 1818 right up to the modern day, exploring the benefits they brought to their surrounding communities. Inspirational people from the world of civil engineering will also be celebrated, and their contribution to society will be explored in detail.

If you have a story that you feel should be told, please get in touch with your regional support team by 31 March.

More details of the ICE 200th anniversary celebrations will be released during this year.

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