Your Director makes no secret of the fact that he spent a lot of his working life in Bristol and was pleased recently to return to get involved in a project which seeks to uncover some of the more unusual elements of this equally historical place which is also guardian to its own architectural, engineering and artistic heritage.
Hidden Bristol is the name of a pilot which is being broadcast by Made in Bristol TV tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 3rd) at 8pm.
I am told the channel’s ‘catch-up’ facility will be up and running by the end of the week for those – like me – who cannot get this channel.
In the programme l get a chance to get up close to the latest supersonic engineering project being undertaken in the city.
After Concorde comes Bloodhound – a rocket and jet engine propelled vehicle out to break the land speed record and also pass through the 1,000 miles an hour speed barrier.
I’m talking to artist Luke Jerram – the man who put a water chute in Park Street – and is now planning boats in Leigh Woods.
We have a chat about public art and why he’s not hot about statues of dead people!
Then along the engineering masterpiece that is the ss Great Britain – plans for a new museum about the man who built her – Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
I get to hear more about what made him tick and examine some very personal effects.
It’s been fun getting around the old maritime city again and meeting some great people. Catch it if you can!