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 engineers - 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!
On Monday 1st June 2015, our brand new permanent Visitor Centre was opened by HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal. She was joined on the day by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
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!
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
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.
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