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Engineering Students Create a Memorial for 100 Years of Remembrance

Engineering Technology students at North Lindsey College have gone the extra mile to create a memorial sculpture, to mark the Armistice centenary.

Written by Emma Turner

Engineering Technology students at North Lindsey College have gone the extra mile to create a memorial sculpture, to mark the Armistice centenary.

457 metal poppies have been cut out from steel, shaped, polished, sprayed and
bolted to metal work to create the work of art. The piece is particularly poignant, as
each poppy represents a fallen individual from the Scunthorpe District. The iconic
sculpture measures 2.4 metre in length and 1.1 metre in height.

The piece is part of a collaboration right across the College, with students from all of
North Lindsey College's engineering disciplines working together to create the piece.
Fabrication and welding students have been working on the sculpture as part of
an extra project to expand their studies before passing their part of the production on
to the paint and refinishing students from Motor Vehicle. Phil Scott (Learning
Facilitator) has been involved in the task and said, “It has been an honour to project
manage this. It is a good example of working together as a team across the
Engineering Technology Workshops.”

Lewis Booth (16) Level 2 Certificate in Engineering student enjoyed making the
sculpture so much that he has been coming into College on his days off to work on
the memorial. He said, “I’ve really enjoyed working on the project. It’s got a really
good message behind it. It has been a privilege to work on and I’m looking forward to
seeing it finished and on display. I thought this course would be all coursework, but it
isn’t and it’s nice to be able to do more practical work.”

Martyn Butler (Curriculum Leader – Engineering) spoke about the project and said,
“We agreed in the engineering department that we couldn’t let an anniversary of this
scale pass without recognition and we had no shortage of ideas. The design and
concept had to incorporate so many different and important factors involving maths,
English and CAD to get the right design. I’m pleased with the progress so far and
am looking at the perfect place for it to be displayed.”

The finished product is due to be unveiled at a full ceremony in November at North
Lindsey College to commemorate the 100 years.

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