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Blog by visitinfo | Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 16:45

Election day is looming and it is time to go out and vote! Voting has always been particularly important to the people and city of Bristol and in 1831 we had an important role to play in electoral reform.

 

In 1831, only men who owned property worth more than 40 shillings were allowed to vote. In Bristol, there were 6,000 property owners but 104,000 adults. That's a voting population of just 5.7% - if they all bothered to turn out!

 

Blog by visitinfo | Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:42

Throughout the year we like to put on exciting and interesting courses to inspire the people of Bristol into using the Suspension Bridge for more than their daily commute.  We recently held a creative writing course, following a very successful pilot scheme last summer.

 

I walked by myself,

But felt not at all alone.

For I felt the stars.

 

Haiku by Brendan Roberts

 

Blog by visitinfo | Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:33

The Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre is run by volunteers who look after the shop, answer visitor questions, lead guided tours and help to keep everything running smoothly. We couldn't open the building without them! Our longest serving volunteers are Ernie and Paul, who have been with us since our first Visitor Centre opened in the 1990s - but we are always looking for enthusiastic people to join our team.

 

Blog by visitinfo | Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 17:21

On 7th December 2014, we celebrated 150 years since the opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge with a magnificent fireworks display which attracted almost 70,000 spectators.

 

 

Blog by visitinfo | Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:13

Last night, we were priveliged to be invited along to the launch of the new children's book, 'The Bristol Giants' by Oliver Rigby and Tom Bonson at Foyles bookshop, Quaker's Yard. The book tells the story of the legendary Goram and Ghyston, the two giants responsible for the creation of the Avon Gorge.

Bristol Giants original sketch

Tom Bonson's initial sketches of the giants were on show...

 

Blog by visitinfo | Friday, November 21, 2014 - 10:56

We must admit that we've been a little quiet of late - but that's because so much has been going on! At the start of the month we moved into our new building and we've been working hard inside ever since to get it ready for you all. We've organised tours for our volunteers to give everyone a chance to get familiar with the space and have been talking to Alec French and Rydons about all the little details which will help to make your visit extra enjoyable! We've even had our first event: the Volunteer's end of season meeting.

Blog by visitinfo | Friday, October 10, 2014 - 19:09

Earlier this year we went to London to meet the educational team at Tower Bridge and find out about their plans for education and interpretation. We saw a fantastic new video that they'd made to explain the history of their bridge and were awed by some fantastic technical drawings which showed the bridge as a whole object and explained how it worked. What a great idea!

Blog by visitinfo | Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 09:56

On Saturday 20th September, almost 150 years to the day since the bridge was inspected by Dr. Livingstone and other members of the newly formed British Association for the Advancement of Science, we welcomed the IsamBards (Pameli Benham, Stewart Carswell, David Johnson and Deborah Harvey) to the bridge for two very special Poetry Tours. A new way to experience the bridge, these tours began with a bit of history on the Clifton Down viewpoint and ended with a reading in the Visitor Centre.

Blog by visitinfo | Monday, September 15, 2014 - 18:47

Last week we went to see the first part of our new exhibition which is under construction at CodSteaks HQ. This piece is destined to become our very own Avon Gorge, where we'll talk about the mythology, geology and rare species of the Gorge, providing information about some of the geologists and botanists who came here and were the first to discover some of its rare species. You'll be able to take a closer look at the Lower Carboniferous limestone rock which forms the Gorge and find out all about the giants Goram and Ghyston too!

Blog by visitinfo | Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 16:23

UWE student Kitila Katala is with us for eight weeks working as a Physics and Engineering Intern. Kitila studies Civil and Environmental Engineering and is using his specialist knowledge to help us to develop a resource pack on bridges and how they work for KS3 (secondary) pupils. Yesterday we tested a bridge which Kitila had constructed from 4 copies of the Bristol Post. We thought it might be strong enough to support 6 cans of pop - but it actually ended up holding an incredible 29.163KG! On September 22nd, we'll be hosting a newspaper bridge building challenge at At-Bristol.

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