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Future Engineers returns to the National Railway Museum

This October half term, the National Railway Museum’s biggest event, Future Engineers, returns for a second year, promising a series of free, hands-on activities and shows for the whole family.

Visitors will be challenged to discover their hidden engineer and to find out more about how the railways work with fascinating insights into the world of engineering.

The programme of live shows, demonstrations and events will run for two weeks during October half term (21 October – 5 November 2017) and more than 30,000 people from York and across the region are expected to visit.

This year Future Engineers returns with a new theme—‘Conquering Forces’—and an exciting line up of fun activities including:

  • Poetrains: York performance poet Dave Jarman will be back in his home city, fresh from his residency at the Great Yorkshire Fringe, with a new interactive show inspired by his love of the railways
  • Under Pressure: this brand-new show will transport visitors deep underground into the world of tunnels to discover amazing feats of engineering and the weird and wonderful effects of pressure on the body
  • Rap Science: award-winning science presenter, author and edu-rapper Jon Chase will be visiting York for the first time and dazzling crowds with his unique blend of science and hip-hop
  • Engineer Like Me: what is an engineer? What do they do? Can I be an engineer? What is an engineer’s favourite breakfast cereal? Find out answers to all these questions and more in this interactive gameshow-style session
  • Flux: Moving Science: dust off your dancing shoes for this interactive workshop which brings science to life through contemporary dance and theatre. Founded by choreographer and dancer Charlotte Hale, the Flux: Moving Science troupe has performed nationally at the British Science Festival, at the BBC and at Oxford University

There will also be a host of other exciting activities for young people to explore, including the chance to design your own streamlined engine and to discover how magnets are creating the high-speed trains of the future.

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

“Last year’s events were so successful that we are bringing Future Engineers back with a new theme and a longer-running programme of new and exciting activities. Children will enjoy learning about today’s railways and finding out how engineers are using technology to push the boundaries of what’s possible in tunnels, track and train design.

‘This programme is designed to be great fun but also to help inspire young people to develop an interest in engineering and to hopefully inspire the next generation of railway engineers.”

Celebrating the past, present and future of rail engineering, the National Railway Museum invites families across York to visit the museum this half term, to discover more about the important work of engineers and to find out how they can shape the railways of tomorrow.

There will also be a separate programme of Future Engineers events for school groups running from Wednesday 8 November to Wednesday 15 November 2017.

Future Engineers is widely supported by the rail industry and is sponsored by Angel Trains, Eversholt Rail and Porterbrook.

The National Railway Museum is open 10.00–18.00 and admission and all Future Engineers activities are free, although some activities must be booked in advance.


About the National Railway Museum

  • The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts over 700,000 visitors per year
  • The collection includes over 260 locomotives and rolling stock, 600 coins and medals, almost 5,000 pieces of railway uniform and costume, railway equipment, documents, records, artwork and railway-related photographs
  • The National Railway Museum houses a world-class collection of royal trains, which includes a collection of royal carriages, from those used by Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II
  • The National Railway Museum’s vast art collection comprises over 11,000 posters, 2,300 prints and drawings, 1,000 paintings, and 1,750,000 photographs, many of which have never been on public display
  • The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion, the National Railway Museum in Shildon
  • Admission to the National Railway Museum is free