2024 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of John Smeaton, the “father of civil engineering in Britain”, who is buried at St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk.

To mark the occasion, St Mary’s is hosting a series of events about John Smeaton, his life and his work in collaboration with groups such as the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, the Smeatonian Society and Leeds Museums and Galleries. These include talks, exhibitions, guided tours and a service of celebration.