6 September 201909:00
Create Centre, Bristol
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Produced by the Institution’s History Study Group, this conference will present the exemplary work being done to record, understand and restore Brunel’s 1849 Swivel Bridge, built to span his new larger lock between the floating harbour and the tidal Avon.
It will also present the historical research that has gathered around that project, concentrating on Brunel’s smaller wrought iron girder bridges of which the Swivel Bridge was the first. It will show how he worked with engineers of considerable competence in their own right, both in his own office and in the iron industry, to create workaday as well as iconic works.
Following collaboration with Russian military engineers, Bristol's Swivel Bridge was soon joined by a similar bridge in the fortified town of Kronstadt, remarkably also undergoing restoration: the history of this bridge will be presented and posters about its restoration will be displayed. Another presentation will tell the parallel story of Brunel's development of cast iron bridges.
It will examine how Brunel built up professional and social networks, and finally how he used photography not just to help him control construction processes but also to forge his own image.
Attend to hear from leading conservation engineers and engineering historians, and learn:
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