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‘Bridges wot Brunel built’: a light-hearted look at Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s bridge work

Event organised by ICE

23 November 2023
18:15 - 19:30 GMT
Lecture Theatre 004
Harrison Building
University of Exeter
North Park Road
Exeter, EX4 4PY
United Kingdom

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Join the ICE Exeter City Club for this lecture by David Greenfield, a Brunel expert and the South West member of the ICE Panel for Historical Engineering Works.

Ever since the death of Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1859, aspects of his life and times have been popular topics for researchers and authors. Thankfully, an enormous amount of original material is still available for research.

In 2010, Greenfield was fortunate enough to encounter a dozen or so like-minded independent researchers, who quickly morphed into a somewhat anarchic ‘special interest’ group - dubbed ‘Bridges Wot Brunel Built’. * Their objective was to explore lesser-known aspects of Brunel’s life and work.

In this talk, Greenfield will attempt to throw new light on several iconic ‘Brunelian’ bridges, and some lesser-known ones, sharing some of his findings as part of the research group.

There will also be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation, followed by an opportunity to network with peers and colleagues.

The venue can be found at the following What 3 Words location: hammer.successes.vest

* ‘Wot’ is a slang word used instead of ‘what’, sometimes used to show that one is being excessively modest!


Dr David Greenfield

Dr David Greenfield

ICE Panel for Historical Engineering Works

south west member

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Dr David Greenfield

David was a bridge engineer for 30 years with Somerset County Council, After taking voluntary redundancy in 1998 he became an independent researcher. He was awarded a PhD by Portsmouth University in 2011 for a Brunel-themed thesis, ‘I.K. Brunel and William Gravatt, 1826-1841: their professional and personal relationship’.

David represents the South West on the ICE Panel for Historical Engineering Works and is also a member of the ICE South West Regional Committee.

For more information please contact:

Yasemin Gurbuz