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.

Blog by visitinfo | Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 13:19





This week, we announced the commencement of a project to construct new toll houses which will provide a compact, modern working environment for our Bridge attendants with the necessary spaces, amenities and facilities to enable them to operate effectively 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. But why do we need to do this, and what does it mean?

Blog by visitinfo | Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 17:17


The Clifton Suspension Bridge has been available to the public since 1864 and has made it feel impossible to imagine Bristol without it. However, it is possible to see authentic images of the gorge before the construction of the bridge thanks to stereoscopes – a way of taking pictures, predating the invention of photography, that captured images of the gorge and construction of the bridge. 

Blog by visitinfo | Monday, December 10, 2018 - 11:52

At the end of November I attended the Reimagining the Human Conference at the Horniman Museum in London. You may wonder why a conference at a museum famous for its anthropological and ethnographic collections is relevant to a site with a focus on industrial history and engineering, but this event was all about considering the interpretation of unusual or unfamiliar objects and telling the stories of the people who made or used them.

Blog by getinvolved | Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 16:24

This is the third part of my blog about my visit to science museum MUSE, Trento as part of my Learn To Engage Science Module. 

Blog by getinvolved | Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 13:22


We have been so lucky to be part of Co–op’s Local Community Fund, which has raised an amazing total of £4162 to support our work! As we couldn’t make the instore Payout Celebrations Day last weekend, we invited some of the team to our Visitor Centre for a behind the scenes tour of the Bridge.

Karin, James and Matt met with Hannah Little our Archivist and got to look at some items from our collections, including some original documents, stereoscopes slides through a special Victorian viewer and our very unusual peep egg.

Blog by getinvolved | Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 10:55

This is the second part of my blog about my visit to science museum MUSE, Trento as part of my Learn To Engage Science Communication Module. This installement will look at their Fab Lab facilities, tinkering sessions and MUSE education workshops. 

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