In celebration of the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in 2019, women working in the industry shared updates over Twitter and each brought a Lottie doll to work for a week to capture a series of insightful snapshots of the well-loved children’s toy acting as an ambassador for women in engineering.

Dr Rebecca Margetts, Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering, brought her Lottie doll to work for an action-packed tour of the university’s labs and local engineering historical sights.

The city of Lincoln has a rich engineering history, owing to the design and build of the World War One tank. Local female workers known as ‘munitionettes’ were enlisted in factories to produce the tank, also highlighted during the tour with Lottie. Dr Margetts said: “I’m really proud to be involved with the #WESLottieTour. It’s important that young girls know that a career in engineering is open to them if they so wish, and can take inspiration from Lincoln’s Munitionettes who played a vital part in the UK’s history.

Below is a selection of photos from the tour, which showcase Dr Margetts’ research on designing electric cars and a power-controlled wheelchair, as well as Lincoln’s tank memorial.


The #WESLottieTour 2019 was a huge success and 135 volunteers signed up to take part to borrow a Lottie doll from WES! If you’d like to find out more about the tour, head to Twitter and search for #WESLottieTour.

The University of Lincoln is committed to advancing women’s careers in STEM academia and holds a Bronze Award as part of the Athena SWAN charter.