Blog by Hannaharchives | Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 17:06

A collection of Victorian stereoviews of Clifton Suspension Bridge and other significant bridges from across the globe are being conserved and digitised thanks to support from The Murless Fund (SANHS) and the Aurelius Charitable Trust. 

Blog by visitinfo | Monday, March 11, 2019 - 13:28


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.


Britian's Greatest Bridges - cover


Blog by getinvolved | Friday, March 8, 2019 - 10:08

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! 

Blog by Hannaharchives | Monday, February 18, 2019 - 16:49


In the Visitor Centre our upstairs exhibition has been refreshed with some help from our wonderful intern, Karen Van Neyghem. On display are a couple of Victorian souvenirs and a 1950s Wedgwood plate.


 Intern Karen Van Neyghem stands in front of our exhibition display.


Blog by visitinfo | Monday, February 18, 2019 - 16:40


When one of Amberley Publishing’s editorial team asked if I’d write a brief history of Britain’s aqueducts and viaducts, the chance to explore some of the nation’s bridges at close quarters felt too good to miss. Since the book was to be short, I decided to focus on the period from the 1760s to the 1960s which encompassed the development of Britain’s canal system; the growth of the railways and then, the spread of the road and motorway network. Not surprisingly, it was a time of prolific bridge-building.

Blog by visitinfo | Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 16:43


On 19th February 1896 the Japanese Juggler, George Zanetto, performed a novel feat and caught, on a fork held in his mouth, a turnip dropped from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. These contemporary accounts give two versions of the story.


Bristol Magpie - February 1896

Blog by getinvolved | Friday, February 8, 2019 - 18:22


We are looking to recruit a new team of Education Volunteers to help us to deliver our schools programme. For those of you who are interested in joining our team, or just interested in what we do I thought this blog would be a great chance to tell you!

Blog by visitinfo | Monday, January 21, 2019 - 18:43


In 2002 twelve vaulted chambers up to 36 feet (11m) deep were discovered within the Leigh Woods abutment, a massive 33.5 m (110 ft) high, stonework structure which rises from the rock of the Avon Gorge to support the bridge tower. The abutment was built between 1836 and 1840 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel; the first part of the bridge to be constructed.

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