You might be familiar with the Königsberg Bridge Problem, a famous mathematical puzzle which challenges players to cross each bridge in a city only once. The city of Königsberg only had seven bridges, but if you want to add a few extra levels of difficulty, you can try to crack the puzzle in Bristol - a city with 45 bridges, all of which have been illustrated in a brand new book by Jeff Lucas. Pick up a copy of 'From Brycgstow to Bristol in 45 Bridges' from our shop and flip to the back for instructions on how to play!
To help workmen cross the gorge while the bridge was under construction, Brunel designed the ‘suspended traveller’, a basket car which hung from an iron bar 305 metres (1,000 feet) long and 3.8 centimetres (1½ inches) thick.
The First Bar
Last week we launched a new range of products for our Visitor Centre Gift Shop which have been designed by five Art Students from South Gloucester College.
It was a brilliant evening to congratulate them on their achievements, a chance for them to see the products on sale and invite friends and family along to purchase the products! We are so happy with how all the products turned out and are very proud of what they all created. On the night we did a short interview with each artist to find out how they found the project and what they are going to do next.
Recently I was lucky enough to experience a day in the life of a photographic conservator and it proved very interesting. I was given the opportunity to work on the Adrian Andrews stereocard collection from the Clifton Suspension Bridge Archives with photographic conservator, Sarah Allen. The collection includes over 200 stereoscopic images.
A collection of Victorian stereoviews of Clifton Suspension Bridge and other significant bridges from across the globe have been conserved, digitised and made available online thanks to support from The Murless Fund (SANHS) and the Aurelius Charitable Trust.
Joseph Rogers and Victoria Owens will be signing copies of their books at the Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre on 23 March 2019, 11.00am – 2pm when they'll be very happy to discuss their research, adventures and favourite bridges.
Pre-order your copy now from Amberley at £13.49 - a modest discount on the cover price of £14.99.
On International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate female civil engineers and women related to the bridge!
The first member of the public to cross the Bridge was a woman called Mary Griffiths, from Hanham. Urged on by her uncle, she picked up her long skirt and raced a young man from Clifton to the Leigh Woods side beating him by a few yards. She lived until she was 94!
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