Oxford’s “wonder bridge” will have an evening dedicated to exploring the contribution it has made to the city’s culture at the Museum of Oxford next month.
Museum staff and Peter Smith will lead the talk using period photos and short wartime newsreel film clips to explain the history and use of the Bailey Bridge during the Second World War and afterwards.
Allied commander Dwight Eisenhower described the construction as one of the top three engineering inventions of the war.
The press called the structure a “wonder bridge” and credited it with making a huge contribution towards ending the Second World War.
The Bailey Bride at Port Meadow was constructed by Royal Engineers in just a few hours in September 1947 to replace a crumbled footbridge.
Councillor Dee Sinclair, executive board member for culture and communities, said: “The Bailey Bridge is such a remarkable example of great engineering which made a huge contribution to Oxford’s history.
“This talk will be a great insight into Oxford during World War Two, and how that is still reflected today.”
Proceeds from the evening will go towards the Museum of Oxford redevelopment.
The project will involve the Old Museum, which was closed in 2011, transformed to create a new, purpose-built space with the capacity to increase the number of exhibits from 286 to 750.
Tickets for the talk on February 8 at 5.30pm can be purchased from the Museum Gift Shop or online at eventbrite.co.uk.
– Owen Hughes