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Bechtel to sponsor blockbuster exhibition, The Sun, in Manchester

Stylised picture of the sun

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The Science Museum Group and Bechtel have teamed up to inspire future engineers through the sponsorship of a blockbuster exhibition coming to Manchester this summer. 

The engineering, construction and project management company are Principal Sponsors of The Sun, which opens at the Science and Industry Museum on Saturday 20 July 2019 and runs until Sunday 5 January 2020. 

The exhibition tells the story of our relationship with our nearest star, from the Norse belief that the Sun was drawn through the sky on a golden chariot, to modern inventions, including a gleaming stainless steel experimental nuclear fusion reactor made by Tokamak Energy, and a solar panel installed on the roof of the White House by President Jimmy Carter.

A video of Bechtel's Ivanpah Solar Power Facility also features. The facility was the largest solar power farm of its kind when it was built in 2014.

Bechtel's UK Managing Director, Paul Gibbs, said:

"We are delighted to help bring The Science Museum Group’s The Sun exhibition to Manchester, giving thousands more young people the chance to learn more about humankind’s long fascination with this unparalleled source of energy, as well as how engineers have harnessed it to power and connect communities around the globe.  

"At Bechtel we share The Science Museum Group's mission to fire up young people's curiosity about the world around them. We hope this exhibition will inspire even more children to consider a career in engineering and problem-solving, creating a brighter future for generations to come."

Sally MacDonald, Director of the Science and Industry Museum, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Bechtel as a sponsor for The Sun. We have a shared mission to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future, to ignite curiosity about how the world works and to discover the wonderful stories behind centuries of scientific endeavor."

Tickets for the exhibition go on sale on Monday 20 May. Tickets cost £8/£6 concessions, and children under 16 go free.

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About the Science and Industry Museum

The Science and Industry Museum tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global, industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents on display tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives.  The museum's mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond. 

The Science and Industry Museum is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. With five million visitors each year and an unrivalled collection, it is the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.

About Bechtel  

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents.

We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security and Environmental; Oil, Gas and Chemicals; and Mining and Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

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