Our second consultation event took place on 20th October, this time involving stakeholders involved in building design and planning processes. Joining Suspension Bridge Trustees with expertise in architecture and building design were representatives from the Civic Society, Avon and Somerset Police 'Designing out Crime' team, CHIS (Clifton & Hotwells Improvement Society), Leigh Woods Society, Long Ashton Parish Council, the Downs Committee and North Somerset County Council's Planning Department.
Last night, we were excited to attend the Shaun in the City Auction. 126 Shauns went under the hammer, including our very own Isambaaard.
As guests assembed, a brass band welcomed them - with lighting effects provided by Arabian Lights!
The Shauns lined the auction room, ready for inspection!
In 1831 the judges of the second competition to design a bridge across the Avon Gorge favoured a (now lost) design by Smith and Hawkes of the Eagle foundry in Birmingham. Although Isambard Kingdom Brunel was eventually declared competition winner, Smith and Hawkes went on to achieve success in other areas and were famed for designing the red wall mounted postboxes which appeared all over Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Our summer work programme began in Easter 2015 - but what's actually been going on under that scaffold wrap? Over the last seven months we've been watching the work and taking photos...
Why was the work carried out?
The first of our Toll Booth Consultation events took place this evening. Representing Purcell Architects, Niall Phillips and Luke Brennan talked about their thoughts on the project so far and invited questions from Clifton Suspension Bridge volunteers, local residents, members of the Leigh Woods Society and representatives of Bristol's tourism partners and North Somerset Council.
Earlier this month we arranged a guided tour of Bristol Cathedral for our staff and volunteer team. We were greeted by Naomi Miller, Development Director at the Cathedral who also delivered the tour.
Volunteers with Naomi Miller, Development Director at Bristol Cathedral
Naomi explained the rich history of the Cathedral whilst walking us round this enchanting and peaceful place.
The Engineer’s Corset is a new play written by Janet Goddard as a Community theatre piece: a play for Bristol about one of Bristol’s most famous architects - Isambard Kingdom Brunel! It was created by Louise Matthews Productions Ltd, Chantry Dance Company and Janet Goddard.
My name is Charles Hendy and I attend Ashton Park School , my main interests within School are History and D.T.
This is why I've chosen Clifton Suspension Bridge for my work experience as it has a rich history and is a icon in the industrial world meaning it fits my two school interests perfectly.
On Wednesday 1st July, we were honoured to be invited along to the Shaun in the City launch event at Aardman Animations HQ. The building was designed by Alec French Architects, who created our new Visitor Centre, so it felt a lot like home - but with some very exciting props on display:
My visit to the Brunel Institute 20th May 2015 by Adam King:
Working with the reference collection in the David MacGregor Library I found out that Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born in 1806 and died in 1859. I also learned that Isambard was only just over 5ft tall!
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