Museum of Oxford to host Bailey Bridge talk

Published: Thursday, 25th January 2018

Join the Museum of Oxford team and Peter Smith for an evening exploring the contribution of Bailey Bridge to Oxford’s history.

The Bailey Bridge on Port Meadow was built in a few hours in September 1947 and was described as a “wonder bridge” by the press, and one of the top three engineering inventions of World War 2 by Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander.

 The talk, which is taking place in the Museum of Oxford on Thursday 8 February, starting at 5.30pm until 6.30pm will combine period photos and short wartime newsreel films clips to explain the history of Bailey Bridge during World War 2 and beyond.

Tickets cost £4 (with a booking fee through Eventbrite), with proceeds raised going towards the Museum of Oxford redevelopment. Doors will open at 5.15pm.

The transformation, called Oxford’s Hidden Historieswill tell the story of Oxford, the people and communities within it.

The project will see 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.

Work is hoping to start in 2018, with the opening of the new Museum of Oxford taking place in 2020.

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 2, and how that is still reflected today.”

For more information, and to book your tickets, you can book in person, over the phone at the Museum Gift Shop, or on the Eventbrite page