Thomas Telford - father of modern engineering

Thomas Telford
Thomas Telford.
© Frank Boyle.

An exhibition begins next week which celebrates the achievements of Thomas Telford, arguably Scotland's greatest engineer.

'Telford: Father of Modern Engineering' opens at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday 2 October.

Organised jointly between the gallery and the National Library of Scotland, the exhibition is part of a series of events across the UK marking the 250th anniversary of Telford's birth. Among the items on display will be:

  • Models and scientific instruments
  • Paintings, drawings and manuscripts
  • Contemporary images by German photographer Michael Reisch.

Telford's legacy

Menai Bridge
The Menai Bridge.
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From humble beginnings in Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Telford rose to become a leading civil engineer. By the time he died in 1834, he had an international reputation. Most of his constructions are still in use today.

His legacy in Britain includes the Menai Suspension Bridge, the Caledonian Canal, and the country's longest aqueduct, at Pontcysyllte. He was also responsible for opening up the Scottish Highlands by building over 900 miles of roads and 1,200 bridges.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 25 November. For further details, see our Telford exhibition page.

27 September 2007



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