Brunel sketch of paddle engine
Brunel sketch of rails
Notes on design of bridge
Sketches of yew tree designs from
Watcombe gardening diary
(All images on this page from
University of Bristol)
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:
Brunel submissions for competition
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
For further details, contact the Special Collections Librarian (Michael Richardson) or Archivist (Hannah Lowery/Nick Lee) at
Tel: (0117) 928 8014 (or internal extension 8014).