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.
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’.
“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.