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Step through the doors of some of the University of Bristol’s most awe-inspiring buildings

Press release issued: 12 September 2018

This weekend, the Bristol public will be able to experience some of the University of Bristol’s most inspirational spots as part of the popular Bristol Doors Open Day event this weekend [14 – 16 September].

Four of its buildings will be open as part of the annual event revealing the city’s architectural treasures.

The popular event grants the public access to Bristol's most interesting and exciting venues, offering visitors an unrivalled opportunity to explore behind the scenes of Bristol's cultural heritage. Entry to all buildings is free.

University Sports Centre

Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TP

Home of budding athletes and exercise enthusiasts, the facility is now sporting a new look, having recently completed refurbishment. The Sports Centre is now decked with reworked spaces, a brand-new gymnasium and studios overlooking the street.

Open Friday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm (join Oxford Architects for guided tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm).

Theatre Collection

21 Park Row, BS1 5LT

Housed within this early 20th century printing house, steeped in history, is one of the world's largest theatre archives.

The Theatre Collection was founded in 1951 to serve the country’s first Drama Department and is now an accredited museum and internationally renowned research facility.

Visitors can immerse themselves in both the history of the building and the collection, view the latest exhibition and peruse ephemera from the Bristol Old Vic Archive.

Open Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Earthquake room in Engineering

University Walk, BS8 1TR

Visit the University’s earthquake room, where visitors can build a tower to test on the earthquake table and discover how experts are helping to build safer structures that can withstand seismic events.

Open Friday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm (tours at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm)

Engine Shed

Station Approach, BS1 6QH

Find out how Brunel's original station has been transformed into an exciting business hub and see the art installation 'House of Mirrors' by Rob Olins.

Explore Engine Shed, part of the original Temple Meads train station, opened in 1841 as the Western terminus of the Great Western Railway, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

It’s thought to be one of the oldest surviving terminuses in the world, where passengers and trains inhabited the same space under the one roof. The building was fronted by offices which were home to Brunel’s Boardroom, drawing offices, the Bristol Offices of Great Western Railway and Station Master’s quarters.

The Grade I listed building had a £1.7 million transformation in 2013 thanks to a partnership between Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). It's managed by Bristol SETsquared - the University of Bristol's double award-winning business incubator - which has a third of the current space to provide premium serviced offices for its early-stage technology businesses.

Open Saturday, 10am – 4pm (guided tours at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm)

Further information

Bristol Doors Open Day is organised by the Architecture Centre – Bristol’s centre for design and the built environment.

The Centre for Public Engagement has arranged for the University to once again take part in the popular city-wide event, which is part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days event - the UK’s biggest public participation event.

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