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NSEWAs part of National Science and Engineering Week, our next public lecture will be entitled "Quicksilver – Britain’s World Water Speed Record Challenge", and will be delivered by Nigel Macknight, Driver and Team Leader of the project.

The lecture will be held at 7pm on Thursday 20th March in the Memorial Hall of St Peter's School.


Technology, history and human endeavour meet in the Quicksilver project – the determined bid that’s under way to regain the World Water Speed Record for Britain. It is 47 years since Britain last held this prestigious international prize, and the laurels won for the nation by Donald Campbell and our previous record-breaking legends are wearing decidedly thin!

Nigel Macknight

Intent on reversing the slump in our water-speed fortunes, dozens of British engineering companies have rallied behind the Quicksilver quest, and this collaboration is enabling considerable progress to be made with the design and construction of the 350-mph, turbojet-powered superboat upon which British hopes rest. The world record stands at 317.60mph, to long-time holder Australia. The challenge of travelling on water at such breathtaking speed places an exceptional weight of demands upon the Quicksilver team, and the team’s founder and leader, Nigel Macknight will be visiting St Peter’s with a dynamic multi-media presentation to explain all about the project.

Nigel Macknight with the Quicksilver

There will also be dramatic footage of previous water-speed attempts, illustrating the high points and low points of 100 years of history.

As part of his presentation at St Peter’s, Nigel will be explaining how to join the Quicksilver team’s official supporters’ club, and will also have copies of his latest book, Inspirations, on hand for those who wish to purchase a copy. The book will be on sale for the price of £10.


Admission is free, but tickets are required. Light refreshments

To reserve tickets please email: or phone 01904 527300