Brunel: History, Conservation and Legacy

04 October 2022


04 October 2022


The first major conference centred around Brunel and his legacy since 2006 will take place on Saturday 12 November in the Brunel Institute at Brunel's SS Great Britain.

Organised by the Brunel Institute, ‘Brunel: History, Conservation and Legacy’ is the first major conference centred around Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his legacy held since 2006.

This event will inspire transport and maritime historians and enthusiasts, engineers, researchers and anybody interested in architecture, design and the life and work of Brunel. It will feature contributions from Brunel historians, writers and engineers focussed on three major themes.

The first session of the conference will provide new historical perspectives around the life and work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel with presentations on Brunel’s professional networks, his legacy in print, the work of the Brunels in South Wales, and stop-frame photography in the Great Eastern Yard.

A second session will feature three engineers who care for surviving Brunel heritage at the SS Great Britain, The Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Temple Meads Station who will speak about their work and the challenges they face.

To conclude the conference, the role of civil engineers in the 21st century will be explored, and the Crossrail Project will highlight Brunel’s continuing engineering legacy.

The event will be held on Saturday 12 November from 9:30am to 5:00pm in the Brunel Institute, a collaboration between the SS Great Britain Trust and the University of Bristol. The Institute houses one of the most important Brunel-related collections in the world.

Follow the links below to book a place at the conference, view the full programme for the day and find out more about the speakers.

The Programme

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