200 coordinated and promoted a varied programme of performances, local history
projects, workshops, exhibitions, art installations, publications, interpretative
trails and other activities that celebrated Brunel’s links with the
region and addressed wider issues associated with his work.
Projects supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund included:
and interpretation of Brunel’s garden at his Watcombe estate,
Brunel Manor, near Torbay.
and special events at Falmouth Art Gallery, Holburne Museum of Art,
Bath, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Newton Abbot Museum, Penlee Museum
and Gallery, Teignbridge and South Hams Museum, Torquay Museum, Porthcurno
Telegraph Museum and Western Super Quilts, Weston Super Mare.
projects with Folk South West.
organised by Streats Ltd (Bath).
See the full list here.
Contractor’s drawing based on Brunel’s specifications
for Bath station (Adrian Vaughan Collection)
There were major Brunel festivals in Swindon, Stroud and Saltash, a programme
of events linked to Brunel’s work in South Devon, and a regionwide
exhibition coinciding with the issuing of Brunel commemorative stamps. Among
the final events in the South West were the exhibition The End of the
Line at the Royal Cornwall Museum, which ran to Christmas 2006, the
Dawlish Regeneration Project and the erection of interpretation boards at
the Holburne Museum, Bath.
Many South West visitor attractions are accessible by travelling along Brunel’s
rail routes and using public transport including:
Great Western Railway Works: the site of STEAM-the Museum of the Great
Western Railway and the Great Western Designer Outlet Centre.
Railway Village: specially built to house the Swindon workers constructing
the railway and home to the Railway Cottage Museum.
House in Wraxall, North Somerset: a spectacular Victorian country
house and estate overlooking the beautiful Yeo Valley, originally
built for and owned by the Gibbs’ family who financed the GWR
and owned the ss Great Britain.
Court near Clevedon, North Somerset: home in Brunel’s day to
Sir Abraham Elton who was closely involved with the Clifton Suspension
Scenic Coastal Railway: following the route of Brunel’s atmospheric
railway on a track that hugs the beautiful East Devon coastline between
Teignmouth and Dawlish.
Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash near Plymouth: a magnificent feat of
engineering which can be viewed on boat trips down the Tamar.
View of Royal Albert Bridge (Private collection)