TIME CAPSULE - ARTICLE BY SALLY SUDWORTH

Time Capsule

During the WES centenary year, which started in June 2019, I was asked to deliver a talk to the Tideway project on international women in engineering day which is the 23rd of June.

 

Rachel was to be the focus of the talk so that the team at Tideway could understand the person behind the name plate on the tunnel machine i.e. who she was and what she did back in 1919.

 

In researching for this talk I discovered that Rachel was a fascinating individual who was part of high society, owned several racehorses but more importantly was a pioneering engineer. Her father Charles Parsons was the inventor of the steam turbine engine which transformed transatlantic sea crossings.

 

This was a major milestone in international travel. It was Rachel who managed their engineering business when her brother went away to fight in the first world war.

 

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