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Graft & Glory: virtual exhibition

Explore this virtual exhibition to unearth engineering in the North East, past, present and future.

Graft & Glory: virtual exhibition

Explore the Graft & Glory exhibition from the comfort of your own home or classroom and unearth our industrial heritage, along with engineering opportunities in the North East today, as well as how the region is contributing to sustainable solutions.

Engineering Superheroes provide younger students with snippets of information about engineering and engineers. The Engineering Superheroes can be clicked on to hear them speak. There are accompanying Superheroes Activity Sheet helps students to find out fun engineering facts from our Superheroes.

Our exhibition is best explored on laptop, desktop or tablet devices.


Maximum of 100 participants per session.


Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund this experience is free of charge.


The virtual exhibition has 6 main sections, which have interactive buttons within them. Students could explore the exhibition at their own pace, or you could ask them questions about what they discover - either using our Superheroes Activity Sheet or your own questions.

The time taken will vary depending on the age and reading ability of the students, as well as how you use it in the lesson.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Engineering
    • Energy and environment
    • General engineering
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

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