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£500,000 Boost for Brunel 200 South West Projects
10 January 2006
SWHLF Press Release.doc (Word Document)

Network Rail Engineers Links with Brunel 200
20 December 2005
Network Rail Press Release.doc (Word Document)

Cheers! Brunel 200 Beer Launched
9 December 2005
Brunel 200 Beer Press Release.doc (Word Document)

Save Brunel's Cigar
9 December 2005
Cigar Press Release.doc (Word Document)

The Nine Lives of I K Brunel
9 December 2005
Nine Lives Press Release.doc (Word Document)

A Brunel Christmas to One and All
5 December 2005
Brunel Card Press Release.doc (Word Document)

Bridge Competition Launched
23 November 2005
Bridge Competition Press Release.doc (Word Document)

Wallace and Gromit Support the Great Reading Adventure
10 November 2005
GRA Press Release.doc (Word Document)

Call for Papers
10 November 2005
Modern Voyages: Call for Papers.doc (Word Document)

Brunel 200 Arts Projects Announced
29 September 2005
Brunel 200 Arts Press Release.doc (Word Document)

Rolls-Royce Team Supports Brunel 200
September 2005
Rolls-Royce Press Release.doc (Word Document)

Eureka! England’s Genius map launched…
26 September 2005
England's Genius Map.doc (Word Document)

Brunel 200 Launches its Arts Projects Fund
13 July 2005
Arts Projects Press Release.doc (Word Document)

Huge Boost for Brunel 200 as Heritage Lottery Fund Invests £1 Million
23 June 2005
Brunel HLF Press Release.doc (Word Document)

New Illuminations at Clifton Suspension Bridge
13 June 2005
Clifton Suspension Bridge Lights.doc (Word Document)

London - Bristol - New York
20 May 2005
London - Bristol - New York.doc (Word Document)

Brunel 200 Conference
19 May 2005
Andrew Kelly's Speech.doc (Word Document)

Train Named 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel'
7 April 2005
Wessex Trains Press Release 1.doc (Word Document)

Brunel 200 Celebrations Launched
12 April 2005
Press Release 1.pdf (PDF)
Press Release 1.doc (Word Document)

You can download Andrew Kelly's launch speech here:
Brunel 200 Launch Speech.doc (Word Document)


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Brunel, Bristol and the South West

Throughout 2005 and 2006 we posted here Brunel 200 news stories and press releases. You can visit the archives below. There is a further showcase of events that took place as part of Brunel 200 in the Education and Learning section.

News Archive 2005:

To view the News Archive
2006 Part 1 click here.
To view the News Archive 2006 Part 2 click here.

£500,000 Boost for Brunel 200 South West Projects

This year's 200th anniversary celebrations commemorating the birth of engineer and architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel have been given a half million pound boost with a major award from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The £528,000 award is for a spread of events across the South West. The region-wide projects will integrate with the programme developed for Bristol by the city's Brunel 200 initiative, which will now lead celebrations across the region. HLF will fund more than 20 individual projects in towns, historic sites, schools and communities throughout the region, from Swindon in the east to Porthcurno in the far west.
See press release for details. A list of all the projects, including quotes from media spokespeople, can be downloaded

Network Rail Engineers Links with Brunel 200

Network Rail has announced its commitment to support the Brunel 200 celebrations in 2006. See press release for details.

Cheers! Brunel 200 Beer Lauched

James Taljaard of Arts & Business South West and James Durie of Business West toasting Brunel with Butcombe Brewery beer

The official Brunel 200 beer created by the award-winning Butcombe Brewery, leading independent brewers in the West of England, has been launched as part of Brunel 200. See press release for details. Photo shows James Taljaard of Arts & Business South West and James Durie of Business West toasting Brunel with Butcombe Brewery beer.

Save Brunel's Cigar

Image from Brunel 200 comic in which a man is cutting off Brunel's cigar

Brunel 200 has condemned the decision by a children's publisher to remove the cigar from Robert Howlett's photograph of Brunel standing before the launch chains of the Great Eastern. Previous attempts of censoring the cigar for fear it might cause offence are noted in the Brunel comic, a graphic biography of Brunel’s life and work, to be published in March 2006by Brunel 200 with a print run of 100,000.
See the press release in the adjacent column for details. Read a page from the comic

The Nine Lives of I K Brunel

The ss Great Britain Trust has given the go ahead for the refit of the Maritime Heritage Centre beside the ss Great Britain to provide bespoke exhibition space that will be used for The Nine Lives of I K Brunel, a major exhibition which is expected to attract national interest as part of the Brunel 200 proramme. The exhibition’s title relates to Brunel’s many brushes with death as well as his many financial and engineering successes and failures. See press release for further details.

A Brunel Christmas to One and All

Brunel 200 Christmas Card

Brunel 200 has launched its Christmas message and card. Prepared by artist Simon Gurr, who is currently completing the Brunel comic – a 100 page graphic biography of the life and work of Brunel – the card depicts Brunel as a snowman, with the Clifton Suspension Bridge in the background, and the classic cigar replaced by a carrot. The message inside says:
Peace on Earth. Goodwill to all People
Like Brunel: demand the impossible in 2006
See press release for further details.

Bridge Competition Launched

Two photos of the Avon Gorge. One with the Clfton Suspension Bridge, one without.

The University of Bristol and New Civil Engineer magazine have launched a competition to design an innovative crossing to span the Avon Gorge using technologies, materials and methods of the modern-day and those anticipated over the next 50 years. The Clifton Crossing Competition, which is endorsed by the Royal Academy of Engineering, imagines that the Clifton Suspension Bridge had not been built. Professional engineers, engineering students and school pupils of all ages are challenged to bridge the gap.

Full brief and entry details available from 12 January 2006 on this website. Closing date for entries 9 April 2006. Prizes awarded July 2006. To register your interest now, email See press release for further details.

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