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Other Brunel's Swing Bridge Pages

As well as an introductory page, the other Brunel's Swing Bridge pages cover: events at the bridge; reports of work parties in 2018, 2019 and 2020; and copies of the display boards.

Cutting the birthday cake at the conference

Brunel's Swing Bridge - 170th Anniversary Events

2019 was the 170th anniversary of the building of the bridge, and this milestone was celebrated on 06, 07 and 08 September. At the same time a new collaboration between the AIBT and SS Great Britain Trust was announced. This looks at the longer term future of the swing bridge project in the context of the Western Harbour scheme, and this may eventually involve the bridge being moved to the Albion dockyard. A copy of the press release may be viewed on this website using this link, or on the SS Great Britain Trust's website using this link.

Conference - 06 September 2019

The Institute of Structural Engineers organised a conference on 06 September on Brunel's bridge, entitled Brunel's Bristol Swivel Bridge: its place in his office and world. There were 50 delegates, and the papers covered the Swivel Bridge and its maker George Hennet, Brunel's office staff and network of contacts, and some of the other bridges Brunel created. The Institute hopes to publish the papers at a later date. The photo on the right shows Andrew Smith, the conference organiser, cutting the birthday cake during one of the breaks.

Open Days - 07 and 08 September 2019

There were two open days at the bridge on 07 and 08 September, and a flyer for these can be seen at the bottom of the page. Around 500 people came to look, and some tried their hands at blacksmithing, riveting and punching, or raising the bridge with a hydraulic jack. There were also a number of interviews with the local media. The following photos are some of those taken over the weekend.

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BOB celebrations flyer

Other Brunel's Swing Bridge Pages

As well as an introductory page, the other Brunel's Swing Bridge pages cover; events at the bridge; reports of work parties in 2018, 2019 and 2020; and copies of the display boards.

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