International Women in Engineering Day
Episode 5: A Sense of Engineering
Baroness Platt of Writtle by Jack Cornell is a short GIF animation
based on Writtle’s importance in aeronautics during WW2.
The image is made from a large number of Typhoons (Platt was
involved in their design) positioned at a specific angle to form
a portrait of her face.
We asked 6 engineers from Essex, past and present, to describe their work through the 5 senses. Their responses draw us into an unexpectedly diverse world of women in engineering:-
Florence Attridge (voiced by Emily Peplow from Chelmsford Civic Theatre) and Baroness Platt of Writtle (voiced by electric voice theatre’s Margaret Cameron) whose scripts were crafted with science historian Dr Patricia Fara, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College Cambridge; Kay Silver from Essex & Suffolk Water; Sarah Clay and Ingrida Juraite from BAE Systems and Maryam Imani from Anglia Ruskin University.
They are accompanied by some sounds of engineering made by the voices of children from All Saints Primary School, Greenock and by recordings of engineering environments provided by Essex Record Office – with thanks to National Lottery players and National Lottery Heritage Fund for their support in creating the Essex Sounds audio map. The sounds we used were contributed by Stuart Bowditch (Braintree Precision Components Ltd, Petter Fielding Single Cylinder Diesel Engine, Spitfires over Jaywick, Weir at Broomfield Mill) and The Dim Locator (Phantom sounds of Chalkwell).
Additional sounds came from freesound.org including Torch – Gas flow by ldezem, Gentle Stream by mike_stranks, Stream River Water by jackmurrayofficial, Ducks by Rowmag, Bird Sounds by Vonora, seagull echo by Snapper4298, and air raid sirens by nsstudios
We are joining forces with Chelmsford Civic Theatre for the “Echoes from Essex” Lockdown Festival. Running throughout the summer, it will be celebrating outstanding women in STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths & Medicine) from Essex past and present as part of ESSEX 2020.
More details will be released over the coming weeks, so get ready to embark on a whirlwind of PODCASTS; SINGING & SCIENCE WORKSHOPS; LIVE DISCUSSIONS with SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS and COMPOSERS; and INCREDIBLE NEW ART WORKS, all intertwined with MUSIC made by, with and for ESSEX WOMEN, who have been busy BREAKING THE MOULD.