32 Londoners - A series of 32 talks on famous Londoners on the Coca-Cola London Eye, in association with Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation on 11th June 2015
Dan Cruickshank on Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Engineer
Born: Isambard Kingdom Brunel 1806, PortsmouthClick here for tickets - £40 each - 11th June 2015

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was arguably England's finest and most versatile engineer. He took over from his father, Marc Isambard Brunel, in completing the Thames Tunnel, the first subaqueous tunnel in the world. He went on to design the Clifton suspension bridge over the River Avon. He made extensive improvements to the docks in Bristol, Plymouth and elsewhere. In 1833 he was appointed Chief Engineer at Great Western Railways, where he introduced broad gauge tracks that permitted greatly increased train speeds. He also made major contributions to marine engineering, building The Great Western, the first steamship to operate a regular transatlantic service. He contributed to Britain's effort in the Crimean War, designing both artillery and a transportable prefabricated hospital building.

Dan Cruickshank is an art historian and BBC television presenter with a special interest
in the history of architecture. He is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA, a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group and on the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.

8:30 pm - Guests to arrive in the the 32 Londoners' departure lounge in County Hall's Riverside Rooms. Music and entertainment will be provided. Please use this time to find your group. Hosts will be holding signs of the Londoner who is the subject of each of talk.
8:45 pm - First embarkation. Complimentary drinks will be served in your capsule.
9:50 pm - Last disembarkation. Please return to County Hall for more entertainment.
11:00 pm - Lounge closes.

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