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.
Recognised as the UK's most dynamic, innovative and coolest city, Bristol is one of the world's top 10 cities to visit. And while it may be the tech and creative industries propelling Bristol forward, the appeal of classic landmarks like the Clifton Suspension Bridge has only increased over the years.
Hello everybody! My name is Tim and I’m from Germany. I’m currently 16 years old and I’m doing a Work Experience here at the Clifton Suspension Bridge for just a week. This work experience was organised by my school in Bremen. Bremen is about the same size as Bristol in North-West Germany and has the same temperature and weather as Bristol. You can go to Bremen’s City Centre for a lot of sightseeing and shopping. Also nearby is the River Weser area, which is also nice for shopping or visiting bars.
Well, now it’s time for me to leave and go back to France... So first of all I would like to thank all the team of the Clifton Suspension Bridge for having me here and to have been so kind with me.
I’ve spent three wonderful months at the Visitor Centre and really enjoyed it! During this time I have improved my English, seen and learnt a lot of things!
Before I begin writing I would like to take a minute to dedicate this post to the Bridge maintenance teams of past, present and future, whose work may go unnoticed by many, but is important to all.
Beside me sits a book over 100 years old, a log that begins in 1910 and has a month by month record of all work undertaken by the maintenance team up until 1960. I was tasked with going through the entries in an attempt to discover how snow and ice were originally removed from the bridge, a mystery that had eluded us, and I am sorry to say still does.
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