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Michael Turner visits Briton Ferry – On the tracks of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

The Briton Ferry Brunel Dock Trust are very pleased to share Michael Turners interview with Hugh James, the trusts Chairman and spokesmen, Michael who is currently “Bruneling through Britain” and has already travelled thousands of miles unlocking the great engineering work of Brunel, is also in the process of writing a publication on the “Great […]

Attracting the wildlife at Briton Ferry Quays

Briton Ferry Councillor Hugh James helping out Celtic Wildflowers planting wildflowers at The Quays by sowing Kidney Vetch seeds on one of the hibernacula. The State of Nature Report (2016) found that over 56% of 4000 native plant species studied showed significant declines throughout the UK. These plants not only provide the foundations for almost […]

Brunel Talk Neath Antiquarian Society

Talks about Brunel are always amongst the most popular. The next Neath Antiquarians lecture is entitled, “Brunel and his work in Briton Ferry”. The speaker, Councillor Hugh James, is a committee member for the Briton Ferry Brunel Dock Trust, established in 2005. The talk will be at 7 p.m. on Monday 18th February at the […]

Isambard Kingdom Brunel structure halts road scheme

A 19th Century engineering project by Isambard Kingdom Brunel has scuppered a long-awaited road widening scheme. Funding for the work in Starcoss, Devon, was allocated last month, but work has been suspended with the discovery of a “nationally significant” underground reservoir. It was part of Brunel’s atmospheric railway, which used a vacuum system to move […]

Cafes, restaurants and a marina are wanted for a historic Welsh dock

Plans to restore the historic Brunel Dock at Briton Ferry and turn it into a waterfront area and marina have been revived. The project – still in its very early stages – first needs to get funding for dredging and repairs to the dock, which would then open up the way for further development. Working on the […]

£7.2m Brunel museum opening for first time

The £7.2 million Being Brunel visitor attraction on Bristol’s harbourside will celebrate the life and legacy of the engineering genius who helped build Britain and shape the world. It will feature six galleries setting out 150 of Brunel’s personal artefacts – many never seen in public before – to provide unprecedented insight into his life, […]

Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The engineering giant with ‘short man syndrome’

Allowing nothing to stand in his way, Isambard Kingdom Brunel built across gorges, tunnelled under rivers and through hills to construct railway lines, stations, bridges, viaducts and docks. His three ships, the Great Western, Great Britain and Great Eastern, were the biggest, fastest and most advanced vessels ever seen. Yet the man who built the […]

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