Conference Programme

Conference that explores the heritage of bridges comes to the Ironbridge Gorge

In their history bridges have been built of a wide variety of materials, in all shapes and sizes, and are emblematic of technological advance. But they also reflect shifting socio-cultural preferences in art, architecture and design and quickly reflect and project the identities of the communities and places they bring together.

The Conference is on from 6th – 10th July and each day will feature a full programme of papers, each presented in a themed session by academics and practitioners from over 40 different countries. To find more please take a look at the abstracts to see the topics that will be covered and the full programme at

https://bridgeconference.wordpress.com/conference-programme/

Cllr Nicola Lowery, Ward Member for the Ironbridge Gorge said: “It’s wonderful and a privilege to see this international conference taking place in the Gorge given its status as the home of the world’s first iron bridge.

A bridge can take on many forms linking places, even continents and is an integral part of our infrastructure. Its design has evolved over the centuries but its function remains the same, be it for social convenience, economic necessity and it can act symbolic representation of technological advancements.

It is therefore fascinating to hear from academics and practitioners from over 40 different countries on the materials of technologies of bridges, its national and local iconographies, right through to the narratives of bridge construction and destruction.

Many thanks must go to the organisers involved and I know it will be a brilliant and fascinating few days”.

Conference Programme

  6-10 July Each day will feature a full programme of papers, each presented in a themed session by academics and practitioners from over 40 different countries. Take a look at our abstracts t…

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