HRH The Princess Royal seals time capsule

IET London: Savoy Place this week hosted HRH The Princess Royal at its official reopening.

HRH The Princess Royal, who is an Honorary Member of the IET, was at the venue to seal a time capsule containing school children’s’ predictions of the technology we will see in 50 years’ time.

The predictions from children across the country included:

  • Robots that do all your chores, housework and read minds
  • An indestructible rocket that can travel to space and a space village
  • Credit cards under the skin and instant shopping
  • Cars that can time travel, fly and turn into jets
  • Roads and bridges that repair themselves with a self-healing material.  This means that our roads and bridges will be strong, safe and there will be less traffic jams due to road maintenance
  • A microchip to fight cancer
  • Sunglasses that can record anything you see

The capsule also contained artefacts marking the past, present and future of technology.

IET President Jeremy Watson CBE, said: “Engineering and technology is all around us – it’s at the heart of almost everything we do and this is an extraordinary and exciting time for our profession. However, if we want engineering to continue to keep advancing society and economic growth, we need to inspire the next generation. This activity has been a brilliant way to get children thinking about the future of engineering – as well as demonstrating to them how creative engineering can be.”

HRH The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque and met IET members, volunteers and staff on a tour of the building that included the Faraday Centre, and the Riverside Room. IET London: Savoy Place is a global engineering hub for engineers everywhere and includes exhibitions and engineering spaces that celebrate and highlight the history of the IET, as well as the future of engineering.

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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