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Civils history book launched

A new book exploring the history of the ICE was launched last week at One Great George Street.

The Civil Engineers has been a labour of love for the Institution’s librarian Mike Chrimes and former NCE editor Hugh Ferguson, who co-authored the book. It has been several years in the making and has drawn on the Institution’s - and NCE’s - large archives documenting the evolution of the profession.

Around 100 guests attended the launch to see Ferguson and Chrimes talk about the book.

More images and more up to date

The last authoritative history of the Institution was published in the 1980s. Introducing their new work, Ferguson said this updated review of the history of the ICE utilises much more images and incorporates some of the more recent developments in civil engineering, such as the Channel Tunnel and the Olympic stadium. Ferguson added that the book “was not afraid” to look at the less savoury aspects of the Institution’s history.

Laing O’Rourke chairman and sponsor of the book Ray O’Rourke said that the book’s investigation of the history of the Institution should inspire future generations of civil engineers.

  • The Civil Engineers is published by Thomas Telford and costs £30.


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