Gavin MacLellan
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Preservation of Sites and Monuments

Tuesday 15 October 2019 -
18:30 to 20:30

Cavenagh Bridge From Glasgow to Singapore by Gavin MacLellan
Organised by Preservation of Sites and Momuments in partnership with British Council

Date: Tuesday 15 October 2019
Time: 18.30 to 20.30 
Venue: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum
Admission Free: Register here. 
Sign language interpretation is available at this event.

Completed in 1869, Cavenagh Bridge is the oldest surviving bridge across the Singapore River. Its cast iron structure was manufactured by engineering firm P&W MacLellan, and shipped out from Glasgow to be assembled in Singapore. This talk will share the story behind this magnificent structure, and how it represented the technological advancement of that time or what is termed as “Clyde Built”.

What are some of the subtle yet important features of Cavenagh Bridge, and how does it compare to other bridges manufactured by P&W MacLellan around the world? The talk will also examine the efforts in maintaining this 150-year-old structure including the materials and technique deployed by early bridge builders in the 1850s and the techniques employed today.