We worked in partnership with ICE South West and the University of Plymouth to mark the 200th anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) throughout 2018.

Tamar Bridge and Royal Albert Bridge by Plymouth Museums Galleries ArchivesCivil engineers have been shaping our towns and cities for centuries – developing transport systems and designing iconic structures; protecting the old and creating the new.

You can view a graphic exhibition below, celebrating some of the city’s best examples of civil engineering by Rendel, Brunel, Smeaton and more. Many of these structures used pioneering methods, but you can also find out about the new research continuing to take place within the city that will help shape our world in the future.

Online exhibition acknowledgements

Find out who was involved in helping to put this graphical exhibition together.
Acknowledgements [PDF – 783KB]

Engineering Plymouth

Our collections played a vital role in the creation of a brilliant film commissioned by ICE to celebrate how civil engineers have helped shaped Plymouth over the last 500 years. Watch it here (running time approx 17 minutes).

Explore our collections

There is a wealth of material that can tell us more about how civil engineers came to build these amazing structures.