On the 9th of July, a balmy summer's evening, myself and the two creative consultants for the Bristol case study site, Iain Biggs and Antony Lyons, met with about 25 others on the Vauxhall Bridge on the Avon 'New Cut'.
The geological/historical walk led by historian Roy Gallop and geologist/geophysicist Peter Andresen with the FrANC was very stimulating. I counted around 25 people in the group and Antony, Iain and I spoke with many of them individually while walking, and gathered some initial thoughts on what this body of water means to people in the city.
The talk included discussion of the path taken by the Avon through the Gorge and theories (possible effects of an ice block from the last ice age, or a fault line) about why it did something seemingly unlike a river in carving through a gorge rather than spreading out. Interesting in terms of thinking of the agency of rivers, as well as the way in which scientific information relies on being able to construct and tell a convincing story as much as anything else. (Click 'Read More' below to read the rest of this post)