Sarah Guppy: The Bridge, The Bed, The Truth

Sarah Guppy - The Bridge, The Bed, The Truth

Sarah Guppy — the first woman to patent a bridge and the first to formally design one. 

Engineer, inventor, campaigner, designer, reformer, writer, environmentalist and business woman – to name but eight. Born in Birmingham in 1770 – as the Industrial Revolution revved its engine – she moved to Bristol to marry merchant Samuel Guppy. Her other patents include a breakfast machine and an exercise bed. She had six children and married her second husband at the age of 66 – he was 31. 

She also mentored young IK Brunel with his – winning – entry for that Clifton Bridge Competition.

2018 celebrates the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage and Year of Engineering: the perfect time for Sarah to tell her remarkable story.

Well known Bristol actor Kim Hicks plays Sarah, Director Sue Colverd directed Show of Strength’s acclaimed Fanny and Johnnie Cradock Cook The Great American Songbook, and the script is by Creative Producer Sheila Hannon.


The Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Tue/Wed 6 & 7 November (8.30pm)
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The Create Centre, Hotwells Thur/Fri 8 & 9 November (4pm and 6.30pm)
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The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth Saturday 10 November 2pm.
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The performance lasts an hour.
All tickets £10.

Part of Deeds Not Words celebrations

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