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  Brunel sketch of paddle engine


Brunel sketch of rails

  Brunel sketch of rails


Notes on design of bridge (University of Bristol)

Notes on design of bridge


Sketches of yew tree designs from Watcombe gardening diary (University of Bristol)

  Sketches of yew tree designs from
  Watcombe gardening diary

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Brunel, Bristol and the South West
The Clifton Suspension Bridge
With its significant association with Brunel, it is fitting that Bristol should be the home to a major Brunel archive, housed in the University of Bristolís Special Collections department.
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University of Bristol's Brunel Collection
Brunel and the Rest of the South West
The original collection was given to the university by Brunel’s
granddaughter, Lady Celia Noble, in 1950. It comprises Brunel’s letter books, sketchbooks, calculation books, documents and drawing instruments for the period 1830-1866. In addition, there are some papers relating to his eldest son, Isambard, and his father, Marc, along with the letter books of his second son, Henry.

Additions are made to this collection by gift and purchase
whenever possible. These have included:

The original drawings submitted by Brunel for the competition to design a bridge across the Avon Gorge, long thought to be lost.

Brunel submissions for competition

Brunel submissions for competition

Brunel submissions for competition













56 original letters from Brunel to Daniel Gooch and Charles
Alexander Saunders together with other documents concerning the Great Western Railway from 1837 to 1857.

A deposit on permanent loan from the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust of records and plans from 1830 to 1953.

Further sketchbooks, diaries and gatherings of original letters, including an important series of papers on the Thames Tunnel, the Chepstow Bridge and the ss Great Eastern.

A large collection of Brunel’s diaries (29 v), pocket notebooks (20 v) and bank passbooks (13).

Brunel sketches for Paddington station

Brunel sketches for Paddington station


By 2006, parts of the archive were digitised.

For lists of archival holdings in the collection, go to the Brunel
Collection
website.

For further details, contact the Special Collections Librarian (Michael Richardson) or Archivist (Hannah Lowery/Nick Lee) at
special-collections@bristol.ac.uk
Tel: (0117) 928 8014 (or internal extension 8014).
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