Aero engine lands at Mill

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Bondholder Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 aircraft engine which powered the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its maiden flight in 2006 has been installed at the new Museum of Making, part of Bondholder Derby Museums Trust.

As the latest phase in this £17 million development, the Derby-made Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine was winched into the new Museum by a team of specialists earlier this month. Excitingly, just one year from now, the new Museum of Making will be crammed full of 50,000 objects – large and small – for the public to explore, engage with and even make their own versions.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums explains: “Even though the Museum of Making won’t open until next autumn, the Trent engine had to be installed at this early stage as the new Museum’s Civic Hall had to be literally built around it, due to its huge size. The engine and its stand weighs seven tonnes, so it required a four tonne tractor and a three tonne trailer to manoeuvre it into position. We worked alongside teams from Rolls-Royce and our contractors’ Speller Metcalfe and GCA, who laid down a concrete floor and erected a metal structure around the engine in order to lift it up and winch it into place. For this part of the operation, a special rigging company was called in to help too, so it was quite an engineering feat!”

“This is an engine that was developed, tested and made here in Derby, so we hope locals and those living further afield will agree that this is an engine worth celebrating and coming to see!”

The Trent 1000 is a feat of modern engineering: the fan at the front of the engine is more than nine feet across, and sucks in more than a tonne of air every second at take-off. The blade tip travels at more than 900mph – faster than the speed of sound and when flying, the temperature inside the hottest parts of the engine can be almost half as hot as the sun.

Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager of Bondholder Rolls-Royce said: “We’re thrilled that our Trent 1000 engine will be one of the first objects that people see as they come into the new museum, and hope visitors will be inspired by the wonders of aviation and engineering, including what it takes to design and build the cleanest, quietest, lightest and most efficient aircraft engines used in modern aviation today. Rolls-Royce has partnered with the Museum of Making from the outset because it will inspire people to be curious, and develop the STEM skills we need to pioneer new technologies for the 21st century.

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