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Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Forth Bridge

Forth Bridge
Construction of the Forth Bridge, on the Firth of Forth at Queensferry in Lothian, 23rd June 1888. The steel cantilever construction was designed by John Fowler

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: A London and North Eastern Railway poster advertising east coast journeys to Scotland

A London and North Eastern Railway poster advertising east coast journeys to Scotland
1198172 A London and North Eastern Railway poster advertising east coast journeys to Scotland, (colour lithograph) by Gawthorn

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Drawings and Cross section of the Iron Bridge constructed in 1779 at Coalbrookdale

Drawings and Cross section of the Iron Bridge constructed in 1779 at Coalbrookdale
CHT289161 Drawings and Cross section of the Iron Bridge constructed in 1779 at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, England, 1784 (pen, ink & w/c on paper) by French School

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Clifton Suspension Bridge JRU01_01_225

Clifton Suspension Bridge JRU01_01_225
CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE, CLIFTON, CITY OF BRISTOL. Clifton Suspension Bridge, viewed from the north. Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1829-31

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Manchester Ship Canal, 19th century

Manchester Ship Canal, 19th century
Manchester Ship Canal, 19th-century artwork. This canal, constructed between 1887 and 1893, opened on 1 January 1894. It provided a route for shipping from the Mersey Estuary to Manchester, UK

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Viaduct on the Baltimore & Washington Railroad, c1838. Artist: Henry Adlard

Viaduct on the Baltimore & Washington Railroad, c1838. Artist: Henry Adlard
Viaduct on the Baltimore & Washington Railroad, c1838. Illustration after a painting by William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854) who visited the United States in the 1830s

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Sizewell A and foundations of Sizewell B JLP01_11_35184_02

Sizewell A and foundations of Sizewell B JLP01_11_35184_02
SIZEWELL B POWER STATION, LEISTON, SUFFOLK COASTAL. A view of the reactor building under construction at Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station, with Sizewell A visible in the background

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Colliford Reservoir, St Neot, Cornwall. 1983

Colliford Reservoir, St Neot, Cornwall. 1983
View of the newly constructed dam before the reservoir filled with water. The two people are thought be the photographer Charles Woolf and his wife, Phyllis

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: M6 Motorway construction JLP01_08_081804

M6 Motorway construction JLP01_08_081804
EDEN, CUMBRIA. A view of the construction of the M6 Motorway through the Lune Gorge, showing dump trucks on the haul road leading from the Lawtland House viaduct and Roger Howe bridge

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Pipeline JLP01_10_02606

Pipeline JLP01_10_02606
CUMBRIA. A view along the route of the Brampton pipeline, showing pipelaying equipment in the foreground lowering the pipeline into a trench

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: The Tehachapi Train Loop near Tehachapi California is the historic location of the Southern

The Tehachapi Train Loop near Tehachapi California is the historic location of the Southern Pacific Railroad where freight trains gain 77 feet in elevation

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: View of the (proposed) western archway of the Thames Tunnel, London, c1831

View of the (proposed) western archway of the Thames Tunnel, London, c1831. The Thames Tunnel, connecting Wapping and Rotherhithe, was the first underwater tunnel in the world

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Bridge Construction

Bridge Construction
The south side of of Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction, 7th August 1929. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Inside the pipe JLP01_08_083826A

Inside the pipe JLP01_08_083826A
North Cotes, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire. A worker repairing the epoxy resin lining on the welds inside the Northcoates pipeline

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Checking for faults JLP01_08_083825

Checking for faults JLP01_08_083825
North Cotes, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire. A worker carrying out an x-ray of the Northcoates pipeline, checking for faults in the welding

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Pipeline JLP01_10_02619

Pipeline JLP01_10_02619
CUMBRIA. A view along the route of the Brampton pipeline, showing the pipe at a 45 degree angle in the foreground, where it meets a slope

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Le Jardin du Vert-Galant, c. 1928 (oil on canvas)

Le Jardin du Vert-Galant, c. 1928 (oil on canvas)
1195958 Le Jardin du Vert-Galant, c. 1928 (oil on canvas) by Signac, Paul (1863-1935); 46.4x116.8 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; French, out of copyright

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Construction of the Needle Eye Bridge over the M1 at Barnsley, South Yorkshire, 1963

Construction of the Needle Eye Bridge over the M1 at Barnsley, South Yorkshire, 1963. During the construction of the M1 in the early 1960s a great number of bridge structures needed to be created

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Kintai bridge Iwakuni, Japan, early 20th century

Kintai bridge Iwakuni, Japan, early 20th century
Kintai bridge, Iwakuni, Japan, early 20th century. Kintai bridge this Japanese architect model crosses Nishiki river, Suo. Total length of the bridge 750 feet, the highest above water 78 feet

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Construction of the Kilsby Tunnel on the London & Birmingham Railway, 8 July 1839

Construction of the Kilsby Tunnel on the London & Birmingham Railway, 8 July 1839. Artist: John Cooke Bourne
Construction of the Kilsby Tunnel on the London & Birmingham Railway, 8 July 1837 (1839). Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) was appointed chief engineer of the London & Birmingham Railway (LBR)

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Reactor building JLP01_11_53921_06

Reactor building JLP01_11_53921_06
SIZEWELL B POWER STATION, LEISTON, SUFFOLK COASTAL. Laing workers concreting the top of the reactor dome during the construction of Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Aqueducts (litho)

Aqueducts (litho)
5996452 Aqueducts (litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Aqueducts.); © Look and Learn

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: A Parisian Flower Market, (oil on canvas)

A Parisian Flower Market, (oil on canvas)
989521 A Parisian Flower Market, (oil on canvas) by Gilbert, Victor Gabriel (1847-1933); 137.5x46.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A Parisian Flower Market. Victor Gabriel Gilbert (1847-1933)

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Chirk Aqueduct on the Ellesmere Canal, c1829. Artist: Thomas Barber

Chirk Aqueduct on the Ellesmere Canal, c1829. Artist: Thomas Barber
Chirk Aqueduct on the Ellesmere Canal, c1829. Now known as the Llangollen, the canal was built by the Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford (1757-1834)

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Putting wire wrapping around the suspension cables, Brooklyn Suspension Bridge, 1883

Putting wire wrapping around the suspension cables, Brooklyn Suspension Bridge, 1883
Putting wire wrapping around the suspension cables, Brooklyn Suspension Bridge, New York. Each cable was made up of more than 5, 000 separate strands

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Eiffel Construction 8

Eiffel Construction 8
The Eiffel Tower under construction in Paris, France, 14th November 1888. No. 8 in a series of 11. Theophile Feau captured the construction of the tower by taking photographs from the tower of

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Eiffel Construction 11

Eiffel Construction 11
The Eiffel Tower under construction in Paris, France, 31st March 1889. No. 11 in a series of 11. Theophile Feau captured the construction of the tower by taking photographs from the tower of

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Bazalgette, The Thames Embankment, 1867 (litho)

Bazalgette, The Thames Embankment, 1867 (litho)
GHL293398 Bazalgette, The Thames Embankment, 1867 (litho) by English School, (19th century); London Metropolitan Archives

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Viaduct across the Sankey Valley, 1831 (colour aquatints, partly hand-coloured)

Viaduct across the Sankey Valley, 1831 (colour aquatints, partly hand-coloured)
1198423 Viaduct across the Sankey Valley, 1831 (colour aquatints, partly hand-coloured) by Bury, Thomas Talbot (1811-77) (after); 26.5x66 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Young Girls on a Barge; Jeunes Filles en Barques, 1903 (oil on canvas)

Young Girls on a Barge; Jeunes Filles en Barques, 1903 (oil on canvas)
825463 Young Girls on a Barge; Jeunes Filles en Barques, 1903 (oil on canvas) by Lebasque, Henri (1865-1937); 60.3x91.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Suspension Bridge, from Sion Hill, Clifton, c. 1875 (colour litho)

Suspension Bridge, from Sion Hill, Clifton, c. 1875 (colour litho)
3062685 Suspension Bridge, from Sion Hill, Clifton, c.1875 (colour litho) by Lavars, Edward Colston (1842-1917); Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, UK; eBristol Museums, Galleries & Archives; English

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Trial Trip on the Underground Railway, 1863, (c1876). Creator: Unknown

Trial Trip on the Underground Railway, 1863, (c1876). Creator: Unknown
Trial Trip on the Underground Railway, 1863, (c1876). Work on the worlds first underground railway started in 1860, by the Metropolitan Railway under chief engineer John Fowler

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Entrance to the locomotive engine house, Camden Town, London, 1839

Entrance to the locomotive engine house, Camden Town, London, 1839. Scene during the construction of the London & Birmingham Railway

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: The United States purchase of the Panama Canal, 1903 (1909)

The United States purchase of the Panama Canal, 1903 (1909). From Harmsworth History of the World, Volume 8, by Arthur Mee, J.A. Hammerton, & A.D. Innes, M.A. [Carmelite House, London, 1909]

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Tring cutting, London & Birmingham Railway, 17 June 1837 (1839). Artist: John Cooke Bourne

Tring cutting, London & Birmingham Railway, 17 June 1837 (1839). Artist: John Cooke Bourne
Tring cutting, London & Birmingham Railway, 17 June 1837 (1839). Navvies excavating the cutting. Wheelbarrows are filled with spoil at the bottom

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Euston Station, London terminus of London and Birmingham Railway, 1840

Euston Station, London terminus of London and Birmingham Railway, 1840. A man greets a female passenger while luggage on the cariage roof is untied. Iron pillars and trusses support the station roof

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, civil engineer, c1850s

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, civil engineer, c1850s
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English engineer, c1850s. Brunel surrounded by vignettes of some of his most significant projects - the steamships Great Eastern, Great Britain

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: The Menai Bridge, Bangor (North Wales), c1826-c1850

The Menai Bridge, Bangor (North Wales), c1826-c1850. Thomas Telfords suspension bridge over the Menai Straits was built in 1820-1826

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Transporter Bridge, Newport, Wales

Transporter Bridge, Newport, Wales
Transporter bridge, Newport, Wales. This type of bridge allowed shipping to pass unimpeded and passengers and goods to be transported across a river on a suspended platform

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Opening of the Hungerford Suspension Bridge, from The Illustrated London News

Opening of the Hungerford Suspension Bridge, from The Illustrated London News
XJF324355 Opening of the Hungerford Suspension Bridge, from The Illustrated London News, 3rd May 1845 (engraving) by English School

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Lattice-girder bridge over the River Wye, 1865. Creator: Unknown

Lattice-girder bridge over the River Wye, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Lattice-girder bridge over the River Wye, 1865. A bridge built...to replace the old bridge connected with the high road, near the Welsh border town of Hay

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: The Lord Mayor of London laying the Foundation-Stone of the new bridge at Blackfriars, 1865

The Lord Mayor of London laying the Foundation-Stone of the new bridge at Blackfriars, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Lord Mayor of London laying the Foundation-Stone of the new bridge at Blackfriars, 1865. The bridge was designed by Joseph Cubitt. From "Illustrated London News", 1865

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: The Aberfeldy Branch of the Highland Railway: Strath Tay, 1865. Creator: Unknown

The Aberfeldy Branch of the Highland Railway: Strath Tay, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Aberfeldy Branch of the Highland Railway: Strath Tay, [Scottish Highlands], 1865. A short branch of the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway has lately been constructed to Aberfeldy

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: The Aberfeldy Branch of the Highland Railway: the Tummel Viaduct at Logierait, 1865

The Aberfeldy Branch of the Highland Railway: the Tummel Viaduct at Logierait, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Aberfeldy Branch of the Highland Railway: the Tummel Viaduct at Logierait, [Scottish Highlands], 1865. A short branch of the Inverness

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Underground works at the junction of Hampstead-Road, Euston-Road, and Tottenham-Court-Road, 1864

Underground works at the junction of Hampstead-Road, Euston-Road, and Tottenham-Court-Road, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Underground works at the junction of Hampstead-Road, Euston-Road, and Tottenham-Court-Road, 1864. View showing...what extensive subterranean works are being constructed in different parts of London

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: Turning the first turf of the Buenos Ayres Great Southern Railway, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Turning the first turf of the Buenos Ayres Great Southern Railway, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Turning the first turf of the Buenos Ayres Great Southern Railway, 1864. The line...will go from the capital city to Chascomus

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: London Main-Drainage Works: Aqueduct at Abbey Mills, Stratford, 1864. Creator: Unknown

London Main-Drainage Works: Aqueduct at Abbey Mills, Stratford, 1864. Creator: Unknown
London Main-Drainage Works: Aqueduct at Abbey Mills, Stratford, 1864. The Illustration shows the manner in which the numerous waterways

Background imageCivil Engineering Collection: London Main-Drainage Works: view of the outfall of the Northern Drainage at Barking Creek, 1864

London Main-Drainage Works: view of the outfall of the Northern Drainage at Barking Creek, 1864. Creator: Unknown
London Main-Drainage Works: view of the outfall of the Northern Drainage at Barking Creek, 1864. Illustration of works on...the great northern outfall on the Essex side of the Thames




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"Civil Engineering: Building Bridges and Shaping the World" From iconic structures like the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Forth Bridge to ambitious projects such as the Manchester Ship Canal, it has played a pivotal role in shaping our modern world. The viaduct across the Sankey Valley stands as a testament to the ingenuity of early engineers, with its stunning aquatints showcasing their meticulous craftsmanship. But civil engineering is not limited to grand infrastructure alone. It extends its reach even into everyday life, as seen in A Parisian Flower Market captured on canvas, where urban planning seamlessly blends with aesthetics. Similarly, Colliford Reservoir in St Neot showcases how engineering can harness nature's resources for sustainable development. The reactor building and foundations of Sizewell A and B demonstrate how civil engineering supports advancements in energy production. Meanwhile, M6 Motorway construction exemplifies how transportation networks are meticulously designed to connect people and places efficiently. Looking back at history, we catch a glimpse of London's visionary spirit through the proposed western archway of Thames Tunnel from 1831. This project paved the way for future underground marvels that define cities today. Civil engineering encompasses both artistry and functionality - it bridges gaps between communities while ensuring safety and efficiency. As depicted in bridge constructions worldwide or celebrated through London North Eastern Railway posters advertising journeys to Scotland along picturesque routes – this field continues to shape our world by connecting us physically and culturally. In essence, civil engineering is more than just constructing buildings; it is about creating pathways towards progress that stand tall for generations to come.