Collection AA - The Adrian Andrews Collection

Stereoview showing the tower of Clifton Suspension Bridge and Hotwells Spa Coloured stereoview of the Avon Gorge showing the abandoned towers of Clifton Suspension Bridge Stereoview showing the abandoned Clifton tower of Clifton Suspension Bridge Stereoview showing male figure outside Hotwells Spa with the Clifton tower in the background View of colonnade at Hotwells with Leigh Woods tower and abutment in background Sedgfield's English Scenery stereoview of Clifton and Hotwells showing the incomplete Clifton Sus... Stereoview of the Avon River with figure lying on the river bank with the incomplete Clifton Susp... Stereoview of the Avon Gorge showing incomplete bridge in the distance Stereoview of the Avon Gorge showing scaffolding on the towers of Clifton Suspension Bridge with ... Stereoview of the construction of Clifton Suspension Bridge showing scaffolding and falsework for...
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GB 3493 AA


The Adrian Andrews Collection


  • c. 1760s - 2017 (Accumulation)

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Approximately 4 linear metres of papers, postcards and photographs and 35,000 digital images and files.

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Collection gifted to the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust in 2018. See Acquisition Record 116.

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• 20 CDs containing digitally-born and digital surrogate files of Adrian Andrews’ images and research, including drafts and proofs for the guidebook, Clifton Suspension Bridge, by Adrian Andrews and Michael Pascoe, (Broadcast Books, 2008) (c. 2000 – 2016)
• Two A3 portfolio folders containing original prints of various bridges (c.1770s – 1880s), copies and grangerized extracts from nineteenth-century publications (including The London Illustrated News, The Scotsman), photographic prints and negatives of Clifton Suspension Bridge and other bridges, photocopies of letters and papers from archives and photographic prints of exhibitions boards (2006).
• 7 lever arch folders and one folder containing prints, drafts for Andrews' publications and research notes concerning the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the history of bridge engineering in general and Kings Weston House, Bristol.
• One stereoscope and 209 stereoscopic photographs of bridges, including 84 images of Clifton Suspension Bridge (c.1850s – 1910).
• Three commemorative medallions: iron bridge at Coalbrook (opened 1779), London Bridge (opened 1831) and the Thames Tunnel (opened 1845).
• One hard drive containing approximately 32,500 images relating to Adrian Andrew’s historic research and design work.
• Collection of books and 7 framed prints relating to Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the history of bridge construction and engineering.

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This collection is currently undergoing cataloguing. Only catalogued items are available to the public.

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Some items are subject to copyright.

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  • English



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