Blog by visitinfo | Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 16:45


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

Blog by getinvolved | Friday, June 28, 2019 - 14:55


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.

Blog by visitinfo | Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 14:58


Joseph Rogers, who recently launched his first Amberley title Britain's Greatest Bridges at the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre, looks at the connection between the engineering icon Isambard K. Brunel and his current place of work at the West Somerset Railway.

Blog by Hannaharchives | Friday, April 5, 2019 - 11:07

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.

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 have been conserved, digitised and made available online 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.

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