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.
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.
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.
The First World War was a strenuous time on the people of Great Britain and its Government. With pressure rising from Europe and too little volunteers enlisting – the government was called to pass the ‘Military Service Act’. This act of conscription, where men between the ages of 18-41 were legally summoned to be enlisted in the army, affected a humongous amount of citizens. This included Clifton Suspension Bridge Company employee Edward Henry Wood.
We had the pleasure of having Tom Hughes Painting on the Bridge Exhibition up from the 29th September - 7th October. The exhibition focused on Hughes' favourite views of the Gorge, where the light, weather and changing seasons genertate a never-ending supply of images that deserve capturing in oil paint.
We had over 1300 visitors come and view the exhibition over the week and had 118 competition entries to win the painting 'Gorge Sunbeam, November'. Tom randomly selected a winner and it was Jo Bennet. She was very happy with her prize!
Capturing the Clifton Suspension Bridge Through Art - a contribution from freelance writer Lucy Jackson
We have a dedicated and passionate team of volunteers who help us run the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre. They also guide tours, meet the public on the bridge and support our schools programme. Our volunteers are an integral part of the Visitor Centre and without their commitment we would not able to pass on the story of the bridge to the thousands of people who visit us each year! We would like to send a huge thank you to all of our past and present volunteers.
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