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BRIDGE: The Heritages of Connecting Places and Cultures

July 6, 2017 - July 10, 2017

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Bridges physically and symbolically connect places, communities and cultures; they remind us of division while at the same time providing the means for unification. This conference seeks to explore heritage of bridges –not only as remarkable physical structures connecting places and cultures but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape.
Indicative themes of interest to the conference include:

  • The materials and technologies of bridges – the heritage of form and function
  • National and local iconographies of bridges
  • Narratives of bridge construction and destruction
  • Communities united and communities divided by bridges
  • Poetics of the bridge – representing the bridge in art, literature and film
  • Love and death on the bridge
  • The language of the bridge – metaphors and meanings in social life
  • Touring bridges – travel narratives and tourism economies
  • Alternative bridge crossings – tunnels and ferries


July 6, 2017
July 10, 2017


Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (University of Birmingham), Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust


Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Shropshire, UK
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