Scroll through any Bristolian Instagram feed and you’ll come across an image of the bridge almost immediately. In fact, it’s the most Instagrammable place in Bristol and the seventh most popular place for photos in the whole of the UK! Taking photographs is almost second nature to tourists today, but has this always been the case?
Some of the earliest photographs we have of the bridge are stereoscopic. Just as we enjoy using film, panoramas and 360 degree images to capture souvenirs of our days out, the Victorians were keen on their own innovative technology. A stereoscopic photograph consists of two side-by-side images taken at slightly different angles, which, when viewed by each eye, trick the brain into creating a unique 3D image. From the late 1850s and throughout the 1860s, stereoscopic photography was all the rage. This craze allowed people to experience scenes from all over the world in incredible 3D.
Thanks to support of the London Stereoscopic Company, we are pleased to present restored images of the Clifton Suspension Bridge from our own archive collection the way they were meant to be seen! This pack consists of a double-sided concertina of high quality reproduction bridge photographs from the Victorian era (with historical description) and an OWL viewer that will enable you to view them in 3D.