Crossness Sewage Treatment Works


Vickers Wellington Bomber
Vickers Wellington Bomber

From hovercraft to sewage works, from railway lines to bombers mechanical engineering plays a vital role. The Engineering Heritage Awards celebrate and promote this by recognising artefacts, locations, collections and landmarks of significant mechanical engineering importance. Established in 1984 by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, they increase public awareness of engineering, past and present.

Tours can be taken of the Awards, arranged by region. Or take our ‘Top 20’ tour.

Crossness Sewage Treatment Works
Crossness Sewage Treatment Works

Items are as varied as the profession: Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive; James Watt’s Beam Engines which helped to power industrial development both here and abroad for example, at Crossness where they were a key part of Joseph Bazalgette’s sewage system that rid London of cholera and typhoid.; the Float Glass Process developed by Pilkinton which revolutionised building materials and impacted architectural design; Cragside house, it was the first in the world to be lit by electricity derived from water power and thus showcases how green energy solutions are nothing new; and the Vickers Wellington bomber, the only bomber to operate throughout World War II.

Mallard Engine
Mallard Engine

If you are interested in applying for an Award, the first step is to complete read the information in the Application Pack and then submit an application form, the Committee will then process this.

Application Pack

Archive, Institution of Mechanical Engineers


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