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16 April 2015
New Group Investigates Engineering Heritage

The Kent & East Sussex Branch of the Historical Engineering Group of the Institution of Civil Engineers will hold its inaugural meeting at Rochester Cathedral on Tuesday, 2nd June 2015. Edward Morton, specialist conservation engineer, will give the inaugural address entitled “The Engineering Challenges of Cathedrals.” . . . More


Rochester Cathedral

31 March 2015
Building Bridges between Children and Engineering

Pupils from a Sidcup school emerged triumphant in this year’s Bridge Building Contest at the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham. The five-strong Benedict House team beat off competition from eight other schools at the event, which is now in its 11th year. . . . More


Bridge Building Competition First Place Certificate

25 March 2015
Engineering Scholars Examine Bridge

Arkwright Scholars sponsored by Rochester Bridge Trust received a tour over, under, and within Rochester Bridge. The behind-the-scenes tour, led by Tim Belcher-Whyte of Hyder Consulting, the engineer for the Rochester Bridge Trust, gave three sixth-form students the opportunity to learn more about the importance of civil engineering. . . . More


Hyder Engineer Points at Rochester Bridge


Bridge Wardens’ Lectures 2015

The Rochester Bridge Trust – A Unique Survivor

Sue Threader B.Eng (Hons), CEng, MICE – Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive)

Thursday 30th April 2015

The Rochester Bridge Trust was founded in 1399 and is a unique survivor of the medieval system of providing river crossings free of charge to the public from charitable funds. This illustrated talk from Sue Threader, the first woman and the first chartered engineer to hold the position of Bridge Clerk in over 600 years, will tell the story of Rochester Bridge from AD43 to the present day and explain the current work of the Trust.

Rochester Bridge during the Anglo-French Wars

Professor David Ormrod, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Kent

Tuesday 9th June 2015

This year is the 200th anniversary year of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The uncertainty surrounding the Anglo-French Wars of 1793-1815 had profound consequences for life across the country, and the Rochester Bridge Trust was not immune to its effects. Professor Ormrod will provide a fascinating insight into the events and mood of the time and how these affected the Bridge Warden’s efforts to maintain and improve their crumbling medieval bridge.

Lectures will be held in the medieval Bridge Chapel, 5 Esplanade, Rochester, ME1 1QE.
Refreshments available from 6:30 p.m. Lectures begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are free but MUST be booked in advance from Sue Reilly by email or by telephone on 01892 513033.

The Wildlife of the North Kent Marshes

Alan Jarrett, Junior Warden, Rochester Bridge Trust

Tuesday 20th October 2015

As well as serving as the Junior Warden of the Trust, Alan Jarrett has been wildfowling for over 40 years, mostly in Kent but variously around other English and Scottish estuaries and firths and latterly abroad. He is a well-known sports writer. His first book, Wildfowling – One Winter’s Tale, was published in 1988 with Shooting At Clays published in 1991. To date he has published over 600 articles on all facets of country sports, conservation and other subjects. Alan is the current Chairman of both the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and the Kent Wildfowling and Conservation Association.


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