ALL IN A NAME; WE NEED A NAME FOR OUR NEW 'HERITAGE & LEARNING CENTRE'
Internationally famous, icon of our city and the pride of Bristolians, the Clifton
Suspension Bridge has straddled the Avon Gorge for almost 150 years. To coincide with
its forthcoming 150th birthday in 2014 and secure its future existence and continuing
place in our hearts and daily lives the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust is planning to
update the facilities in the maintenance yard and build a new Heritage and Learning
Centre on the Leigh Woods approach.
The Centre will explain the history of the bridge, its design and construction and subjects
that fascinate visitors such as the gorge, the relationship between the river and the city –
and the people involved, from Brunel to the 2012 Olympic torch bearers.
Having achieved support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and a grant of £36,400 to
develop its outline proposals, the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust is drawing up more
detailed plans to tell the stories associated with the bridge.
Now, the trustees are looking for a name for the new building that will identify it as being
linked to the bridge, and attract people to come in, learn and get more out of their visit.
Currently referred to as the Heritage & Learning Centre, a shorter, more catchy name is
needed – and the trustees are looking for your suggestions and ideas.
Bridge Master David Anderson said ‘we’re looking for a name that sums up the special
qualities of this famous bridge and to encourage people to visit and learn more about its
fascinating past and how it’s looked after today.’
Suggestions for the new centre’s name should be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org, or left at the temporary visitor information kiosk which is
located near the toll house at the Leigh Woods end of the bridge, or sent by post to
Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, Bridge Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol, BS8 3PA.