Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Stephenson, An Engineering Legacy in Photographs

New talk to be presented at the Lit & Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 29th September 2018 at 11.30am.


Repository Blog about Anna Atkins research with Graham Harrison posted by the Royal Society


I will be presenting three lectures during June on the subject of early photography of civil engineering.  Hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers ICE 200 celebrations – Brunel Through a Lens.

25th June at Ashtorre Rock, Saltash

26th June at the Museum of Somerset, Taunton 

27th June at SS Great Britain, Bristol

12th June   History of Structural Engineering Study Group Robert Howlett’s photography of Saltash Bridge


Third guest blog for the The Talbot Catalogue Raisonné.  Talbot’s Rouen, a Tale of Two Cities tells the story of William Henry Fox Talbot’s photography of Rouen in May 1843.  Robert Howlett followed in 1858 using a stereoscopic camera to take some of the last photographs of his short life.


Lunchtime Lecture at the National Portrait Gallery – 3rd May 2018.  I will be talking about five early women photographers who left their unique legacy to the history of photography HERE


Second guest blog on the The Talbot Catalogue Raisonné.  The incredible journey of the SS Great Britain from her Brandon Wharf photograph in 1844 to her dry dock across the Bristol floating harbour in 1970.


My guest blog on the The Talbot Catalogue Raisonné.  The story of Brunel’s Hungerford Bridge in construction captured by Talbot one sunny day in June 1841.


160th anniversary of the SS Great Eastern launch – 90 days of tweets to follow in celebration, ending on January 31st 2018.  Follow me HERE



British photographic History report – Robert Howlett remembered




A great report in the Royal Photographic Society Journal October issue Vol 157



One month until the rededication ceremony for Robert Howlett’s restored grave.  Here is a new view of the restored grave:

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Eastern Daily Press report on grave restoration:



Update 25/07/2017

In response to several kind donations offered after the closing date for Justgiving, a new Justgiving page has been started for donations which are still welcomed.  All funds will be used for the restoration, re-dedication and future care of Robert Howlett’s grave.  Find it here.


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


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



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