Members are invited to contribute to the 200th anniversary of the engineer's death.

ICE members are invited to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of civil engineer John Rennie by contributing to a special commemorative project.

The ICE Archive Panel and the Panel for Historic Engineering Works (PHEW) would like to bring together examples of Rennie's life and significant projects from each of the ICE regions and beyond.

John Rennie (1761-1821) was responsible for major projects such as the Pembroke Royal Dockyard and the East India Dock, London. He also designed many bridges throughout the UK including the London Bridge which was later re-erected in the Arizona Desert in the 1971.

An insight into John Rennie's life and work

Written submissions and images are being sought that would provide interesting insight into the life and work of John Rennie. All contributions should appeal to a wide-range of audiences - from specialist professionals to members of the public.

"Anniversaries of significant events are a trigger for making a respectful nod to the achievements of our predecessors" said PHEW chair Gordon Masterton.

"In the case of great civil engineers, this includes a rediscovery of what we owe to their far-sightedness. John Rennie is one of those great achievers, many of whose works survive despite the 200 years since his death. What a great testament to the resilience of his foresight and the quality of his work. He deserves this year of commemoration."

The ICE panels are coordinating efforts to ensure a good coverage of topics across the regions, without duplication of effort.

It is hoped the contributions could eventually generate a variety of multimedia material celebrating Rennie and his works, from print publications to online videos and potentially live, or digitally delivered events.


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