Brunel 200 Legacy At-Bristol – The Forces that made Brunel
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The Forces that made Brunel


‘The Forces that made Brunel’ ran from 1st April to 31st October 2006. During that period, the host venue, Explore At-Bristol received 39,797 educational visitors, made up of 802 schools (average 49 visitors per group).

To integrate Brunel into the whole site and to strengthen the messages of the exhibition, Brunel 200 activities took place outside the 5 themed zones (Go Higher; Go Further; Go Deeper; Go Faster; Go Forward).

Other Brunel themed events included busking activities where staff used freestanding "wheelies" which are taken out onto the floor to present and get visitors involved in mini experiments. These explored engineering forces and the properties of materials.

The larger live programming spaces on the first floor were used to present interactive and highly visual science shows including: Launch it! a family show relating to the forces behind 'transport' (rockets, planes, boats and trains) and Build it! a school and public show, looking at concepts within engineering and the importance of problem solving.

During peak times At-Bristol ran 'Meet the expert' programmes. These included British based space travel projects and understanding of how engineering is helping to build intelligent buildings, to withstand earthquakes, through to how engineers are creating a material that bleeds when damaged. When not in use, this site was the focus for a number of small mobile workstations containing busking activities such as K'nex bridge building, plasticine boat making and testing, and rocket building and firing.

Launch It! took place 40 times (public holidays/on weekends) to a total of 1917 people (an average of 48 per show) to public groups.

Busking Brunel took place on all 30 days to both public and schools.

Build It! took place on all 30 days to both public and schools.

For further information about At-Bristol’s activities, contact them at:


Telephone: 0845 345 1235 (9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri; 10am - 1pm and 1.30pm - 4pm, Saturdays;
11am - 3pm Sundays)