This is a sponsored article on behalf of Institution of Civil Engineers.
The work of civil engineers touches our lives in more ways than we realise, from morning showers to complex commutes.
It's a profession that deserves our thanks, and captures our curiosity. So if you, like us, are bewildered by the likes of Crossrail — or heck, even how that water gets piped to your home — we've got your Friday evening sorted.
On 22 June 2018, to celebrate its 200 year anniversary, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is throwing open its doors for an Engineering Late, and inviting you to dive into the world of engineering.
It's completely free, and there's a whole evening of talks, hands-on activities, comedy and live jazz music to enjoy.
Why not start by taking a virtual reality tour of a Crossrail tunnel? ICE's Invisible Superheroes exhibition will be staying open late for the event, highlighting the often overlooked everyday engineering superheroes who keep the capital ticking. You can even learn how to build your own bridges and tunnel boring machines.
Hear from the Superheroes themselves, Lloyd Clough (aka. Super Structures) and Brittany Harris (aka. Water Woman), speaking as part of the Café 200 line-up of topical talks, while new and experienced comedians 'break the ICE' with a series of 5-minute routines. Who knew engineering could be so hilarious?
The stunning Great Hall acts as the social hub of the event, with plenty of space to mingle and take part in more informal activities. Why not get hands-on in the engineering and fashion inspired drawing workshop, or test your knowledge in the civil engineering pub quiz?). You can tour the building too — the 1913 structure is Grade II listed, and has featured in the likes of Wonder Woman and The Night Manager.
It's a great opportunity for budding engineers — or just the curious — to get under the skin of the city. In fact, you might never look at it in the same way again...
The ICE Engineering Late takes place on Friday 22 June 2018 at One Great George Street, 6pm-10pm. Entry is free, but pre-registration is required. Looking for more ways to get involved? ICE is also offering a guided walk on Saturday 23 June. Click here to find out more.