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Adam Hart-Davis is a writer, presenter and broadcaster best known for his work on What the Romans/Greeks/Egyptians/etc did for us. He has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles, and a regular column in the Radio Times, as well as several books. A Companion of the Institution of Lighting Engineers and an Honorary Member of the British Toilet Association, he has no car, but six cycles and is an avid fan of Brunel.

During April 2006, 120 primary schools and 60 secondary schools were invited to attend interactive lectures at Colston Hall, presented by Adam, on ‘Brunel and his Fellow Engineers’.

Adam said:

“Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the most influential, and certainly the most flamboyant of the Victorian engineers. I was delighted to have the chance to celebrate his bicentenary in the city where he started his grandest projects.”

Two lectures, sponsored by Wessex Water, attracted over 1,500 students from schools across the city; transport to and from the Colston Hall was subsidised by Brunel 200. The lectures were tailored dependent on audience age profile.

In an amazingly creative period, a group of engineers and scientists changed the world, with George and Robert Stephenson's work on railways, Joseph Paxton and the Crystal Palace, Michael Faraday inventing the electric motor and balloons, and Thomas Cook transforming journeys. In a fact-packed lecture, Adam presented Brunel and his fellow engineers in an exciting and engaging way, inviting children up to the stage to pose their own questions to him directly. Teachers fed back that children went back to school enthusiastic to learn more about Brunel.