Book Launch: Iron, Stone and Steam

November 22 2023



Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Victorian icon, artist, architect, designer and visionary, entrepreneur and celebrity. In his new book, Tim Bryan tells the story of how this extraordinary engineer changed the British landscape forever with iron, stone and steam.

Join us for an evening in the company of Tim Bryan, Director of the Brunel Institute at the SS Great Britain, as he launches his brand new book, ‘Iron, Stone and Steam: Brunel’s Railway Empire’.

Your ticket includes:

  1. A glass of wine or soft drink on arrival
  2. A talk by the book’s author, Tim Bryan, followed by a Q&A session and book signing
  3. A viewing of specially selected GWR-related material in the Brunel Institute
  4. An exclusive discount on purchase of ‘Iron, Stone and Steam: Brunel’s Railway Empire’

Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets must be bought online in advance.

About the book

‘Iron, Stone and Steam’ chronicles how, in almost 30 tumultuous years, Brunel created a rail network spanning the South and West of England, the Midlands and Wales. But the engineer’s successes were matched by ‘monumental failures’, and Tim Bryan’s book also tells the story of Brunel’s complex character. Event attendees receive a discount of £3 off cover price (£22.99 down to £19.99).

Find out more about ‘Iron, Stone and Steam’.

Tim Bryan - landscape headshot.
Photo credit: Kate Bryan

About the author

Tim Bryan spent twenty-one years working as curator at the GWR and STEAM museums in Swindon and is now director of the Brunel Institute at the SS Great Britain. He is the author of more than fifteen books, and many articles on railway and heritage topics.

Browse Tim’s books in our online gift shop:
‘The Great Western Railway’
‘Broad Gauge Railways’
Iron, Stone and Steam’

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