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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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