The Bury St Edmunds Engineering Experience 2010

Nationally and locally the number of students studying Science, Mathematics and Engineering and then following a career in these subjects is decreasing. The direct impact of this trend is that UK Industry is unable to find the employees that it needs to continue to produce world class products, systems, services and facilities; all of which are at the foundation of modern economy and society.
In order to promote and excite engineering as a future career, the William & Ellen Vinten Trust has worked with local upper schools and the Smallpeice Trust, to create the first “Bury St Edmunds Engineering Experience Residential Course”. This was held at Culford School during Easter 2010 and was a great success. The course was delivered and managed by the Smallpeice Trust and follow their established and successful national Engineering Experience courses.
By providing a local course, the William and Ellen Vinten Trust was able to give 50 students a unique opportunity to understand what a professional career in Engineering could involve, so that they can make informed decisions about whether it could be the right career for them.



New Equipment Presentation

The Trust recently helped to fund the purchase of a Denford Router for the Design Technology Department at Culford School. The equipment will support the CAD/CAM work at the school. Ian Devlin, Head of Technology at Culford said, “This is a super acquisition for the Department and one we could not have gained without the assistance of the Vinten Trust”

On the left; Adrian Williams, Chairman of the Trust, hands over the new Denford Router to Ian Devlin, Head of Technology at Culford School.


Imagineering Clubs

The Trust is launching a new initiative this year to encourage the town’s middle schools to set up Imagineering Clubs for their 11 year old pupils. The Imagineering Foundation has produced some superb kits and programmes for “young engineers” to work at and we are supporting this enterprise by funding any middle school in our area keen to take on setting up a club. For more information click on

One hundred years of Vinten

As our history section shows, the Vinten company began operation in 1910 and this year sees a series of events to celebrate this remarkable centenary. Although there are, nowadays, no companies with the Vinten name, all those, who can trace their history to a Vinten company are proud of their heritage and are delighted to be participating in the 100 year birthday. In Bury St Edmunds this covers Thales Optronics and Camera Dynamics. For more information please click onto the respective company’s websites.