Archive for the ‘Heritage Plaques’ Category

Test Walk

February 25, 2011

Wednesday 23rd February 2011

Weather: damp with light rain until noon; mild

So the big day arrives… about 40 waiting to walk, but I managed to get a small group of ten plus my assessor. Kept talk to the minimum and walking to the maximum¬† (as dictated by the weather). Returned to the Pump Room by 12:25 so had 5 minutes to go in to view the King’s Bath.

Feedback in the Guide’s room in the Guildhall. Mostly positive, with one or two points to note.

Cleared to proceed to final interview next Thursday. Need to prepare a two-minute presentation, so I think I’ll summarise my work on the Heritage Plaques (especially the ‘wrong’ locations and the ‘missing’ ones).


Isambard Kingdom Brunel

January 18, 2011

I K Brunel is on the front page of the Western Daily Press today (Monday 17th January 2011). Adrian Vaughan, “an historian and biographer of the engineer” has written a book entitled “The Intemperate Engineer”. Apparently Brunel “did so many silly things on the Great Western Railway… there were many flaws in the railway because he wouldn’t listen to anyone else”.

Which drew my attention to the fact that there is a plaque to IKB alongside the Great Western Railway in Sydney Gardens. So out with the camera and onto a web page with it:

Bath Heritage Plaques website

November 13, 2010

After a summer’s break, work has started again on the website.

Latest addition is the Baedeker Raids page, covering the Memorial garden in Shaftesbury Road (

Still a long way to go, but have cracked the problem with creating an image map in FrontPage. It looks like the .gifs I’m producing using Preview on the Mac are not 100% like by PC software (PaintShop Pro didn’t like them either). They do display perfectly well in all the browsers I’ve used for testing on both PCs and Macs.

Solution is to use my evaluation copy of GraphicConverter and choose the ‘web’ gif format.

I’d like to find a technical explanation – and a more simple solution!