Mon 9 May 16
A major new interactive exhibition charting the extraordinary story of the Forth road and rail bridges is set to open at Deep Sea World, Scotland's national aquarium on Saturday, June 11th.
'SPAN – A Tale of Three Bridges' has been specially created by Fife Cultural Trust and will, for the very first time, bring the turbulent and triumphant history of all three bridges vividly to life.
With its spectacular location alongside the world-famous Forth Rail Bridge, the North Queensferry aquarium provides the perfect location to showcase the incredible feats of engineering which span more than a century.
"It's great to work in partnership with Deep Sea World on this exciting new family-friendly exhibition," said Gavin Grant of Fife Cultural Trust.
The iconic bridge was officially designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO at a meeting in Germany last year and now enjoys the same status as Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.
"We were delighted when we were approached to host this new exhibition," said Deep Sea World's Adrian Duffey.
"The aquarium, with its location directly below the bridge, and within one of the disused quarries believed to have been built to provide stone for its giant arches, is the perfect place to celebrate both the rich history and the exciting future of these amazing structures," he added.
Utilising a mix of rarely-seen historic photographs and images, alongside a fantastic new model of the Rail Bridge, 'SPAN – A Tale of Three Bridges' has been specifically designed to fit within the aquarium's purpose-built exhibition space.
Among the interactive features younger visitors will be able to try and construct their own bridges, dress up as bridge workers and try and complete a giant jigsaw puzzle.
"We're proud to be staging such an exciting new exhibition which will help to promote and celebrate the bridges and their legacy, not just here in Scotland, but around the world," added Adrian.
• 'SPAN – A Tale of Three Bridges' opens at Deep Sea World on Saturday 11th June and will run until Sunday, August 28th 2016. It is free to visitors to the aquarium. For more information call 01383 411880 or visit www.deepseaworld.com .