Brunel and his Bridges: an eclectic wander through the life and times of a late-Georgian engineer

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Date(s) - 8th December 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Friends Meeting House

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Talk: Brunel and his Bridges: an eclectic wander through the life and times of a late-Georgian engineer – Philip Sweet

In the first part of his talk Philip Sweet will remind us of what things were like in the early part of the nineteenth century.  In particular what materials, techniques and knowledge were available to the great engineers of the period, and even more importantly to point out what they didn’t have.  Philip will briefly outline Brunel’s early life and career, and look at the stylistic influences he incorporated into his work.  He will then briefly outline the structural theory of how bridges work and conclude his talk with detailed consideration of Brunel’s designs in three different materials: brickwork, timber and wrought iron.

The talk will take place in The Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS commencing at 2:00pm.For further information please consult the website or contact Roger Brice (01625 533959; 07702 303242; rogerbrice@microton.net).

2018-08-06T11:19:43+00:00December 8th, 2018|Lecture, Meeting|Comments Off on Brunel and his Bridges: an eclectic wander through the life and times of a late-Georgian engineer