On 20th July I will be presenting a lecture at the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the 160th anniversary of Robert Howlett’s magnificent portrait of IK Brunel.   Two years of research compressed into one hour.  Details below:

Lunchtime Lecture: Isambard Kingdom Brunel: the hidden story behind the iconic image

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Happy 186th Birthday Robert Howlett

In celebration of his birthday, here is a rarely seen image courtesy of George Eastman Museum

“Yard at the Beehive” circa 1855

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Historic England invite volunteers to contribute to their Enriching The List Project.

Here is my contribution to list entry Number: 1423608

Name: Site of the launch ways of the SS Great Eastern

Historic England Ref 1423608