Open 10am to 4.30pm daily and larger than ever before, the amazing Meccanuity 2015 exhibition will feature an impressive array of large and small models at Enginuity. Now in its 14th year, the exhibition has grown to become one of the biggest in the country. Large quantities of Meccano parts will also be available for youngsters to create their own Meccano wonders.
Visitors will be able to see models of giant cranes, live steam engines, pattern-drawing machines, fairground rides and clocks.
But not all models are traditional. TIMS member Alan Lovett, of Shrewsbury has combined his Meccano collection with a laptop to produce an accurate Computer-Controlled Three Axis Robotic Drill. The set-up is an ideal way to explore, teach and understand robotics in action.
Various competitions will be held at Meccanuity where modellers are challenged to get something out of the ordinary from their Meccano. Saturday 2nd May sees the first-ever event for Meccano Live Steam Drag Racers. On Sunday 3rd May, entrants must devise a There And Back machine, a self-propelled vehicle to race out and back across the stage to win a trophy made from reclaimed Meccano parts. On Monday 4th May, enthusiasts and public are invited to compete in the first-ever Radio Controlled Meccano Time Trial. Vehicles and batteries are supplied.
Exhibitors also compete for the John Linder Memorial Shield, commemorating one of the founder members of the Telford and Ironbridge Meccano Society. This year, the Shield will be awarded for the best scale model.
Meccano was invented in 1901 by Frank Hornby, and is still made using imperial British measurements. It was used to build the world’s first programmable industrial robot in 1937. The only known replica of this Robot Gargantua is currently displayed in Enginuity.
Open 10am to 5pm Enginuity is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing unlimited entry into all ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums costs £27.95 per adult, £21.50 for seniors, £16.95 for children under 18, £68 for a family of two adults and all their children and £50 for a family with one adult; under 5s free (terms and conditions apply); Passports can also be bought online in advance saving 10% and individual entry tickets are available at each museum. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge.
For further information call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6.
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