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130th anniversary of the Forth Bridge, South Queensferry

  • Lecture
  • South Queensferry
  • 04 March 2020
  • 12:30 - 20:00
130th anniversary of the Forth Bridge, South Queensferry

About this event

As part of events to Celebrate the 130th Anniversary of the completion of the Iconic Masterpiece of Victorian Engineering, the Forth Bridge, which was opened on 4th March 1890, you have the opportunity to view the Forth Bridge from the viewing gallery of the Contact and Education Centre at South Queensferry that also offers spectacular views of all three bridges crossing the River Forth.

During the afternoon, from 12.30 to 17.00, there will also be an opportunity to view a collection of materials that reflect the history of the Forth Bridge and to participate in a demonstration on how the riveting process was carried out and all are welcome.

The evening session, between 18.00-20.00, will include speakers who will provide illustrated talks on the Forth Bridge that will cover the History, Restoration and International Connections. As places for these talks are limited, we request that you book online to come along on the night.

Refreshments will be provided at 18.00.


For more information, please contact:

John Andrew
E: [email protected]


Frank Hay BSc MSc

After spending 30 years working as a design engineer and manager in the electronics industry and ten years running his own website design business, Frank is now enjoying retirement. He is particularly interested in the engineering aspects of the Forth Bridge, the medical conditions experienced by the workforce and the maritime history of the Forth. Frank is a founding member of The Briggers, a Forth Bridge research and talks group based in South Queensferry.

John M Andrew FICE

John Andrew was with Balfour Beatty for 35 years, is now a Project Manager with Transport Scotland and continues to promote and assist with the development of the Forth Bridges as a member of the Forth Bridges Forum and World Heritage Management Group that has responsibility for the Forth Bridge UNESCO World Heritage Site.

John is also a curator of the ICE Scotland Museum of Civil Engineering located at Heriot - Watt University, Edinburgh and has a significant collection, principally on the Forth Bridge and other major civil engineering projects.

Dr Miles K Oglethorpe

Miles Oglethorpe is Head of Industrial Heritage at Historic Environment Scotland, the public body responsible for safeguarding and promoting the historic environment in Scotland. He has been a Board member of The International Committee on the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH) since 2003, and was elected President in Santiago, Chile in 2018.

He advises the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and has worked with international partners on industrial heritage, notably in Norway, Poland and Japan, and most recently led the team responsible for preparing the successful World Heritage nomination for the Forth Bridge.

Event venue

Contact and Education Centre
South Queensferry
South Queensferry EH30 9SF
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lynn Dow

e: [email protected]