The Tamar Bridge, CornwallSherwell Centre, University of Plymouth, Sherwell Lane, Plymouth PL4 8AA

9am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday


The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) celebrates its 200th anniversary throughout 2018.

Civil engineers have been shaping our towns and cities for centuries – developing transport systems and designing iconic structures; protecting the old and creating the new.

We are working in partnership with ICE South West and the University of Plymouth to mark this important bicentenary.

Our graphic exhibition celebrates some of the city’s best examples of civil engineering by Rendel, Brunel, Smeaton and more. It also highlights the new research that is currently taking place and which will help shape our world in the future.

The exhibition is displayed on the ground floor of the Sherwell Centre and features a series of 8 interpretation panels.

Read our official press release here.

Find out more about ICE South West here.
Find out more about the University of Plymouth’s School of Engineering here.


We have a range of events taking place while our ‘Lighthouses, Bridges and Breakwaters’ exhibition is on display. Follow the links for more information.

Smeaton's Tower viewed from the base, PlymouthJanuary 2018

17: Bite Size: Sound Engineering, Safe Harbour
23: Lunchtime Talk: Waves and Lighthouses
27: Family Event: Ten Minute Tall Stories
31: Guided Walk:
Smeaton’s Tower and The Eddystone Light

February 2018

10: Guided Walk:
Smeaton’s Tower and The Eddystone Light
14: Family Event: Break // Water
24: Guided Walk: Drake’s Reservoir

March 2018

6: Lunchtime Talk: Taming the Sea
11: Guided Walk: The Great Western Docks at Millbay