We had a wonderful few days this summer with 15 of our Hannoverian friends, with a very intensive programme of visits, which our visitors seemed to thoroughly enjoy! Highlights were visits to St Fagan’s Open Air museum of Welsh History (and Chepstow Castle on the way back), the new Aerospace museum in Filton, the Blue Glass factory at Henbury (where the glass blower made a decorative tooth from blue glass (see below) for our Professor of Dentistry, Husa!), Blaise Castle, a walk round the centre of Bristol, with an entertaining commentary by our guide, member Roger Harper, a visit to the Impossible Garden sculpture exhibition at the UoB Botanical Gardens, a reception by the Lord Mayor and a visit to the SS Great Britain. This was then all rounded off by 50 members and guests enjoying a delicious farewell meal at Watershed, where BGA Vice-President Michael Withers presented the BGA’s Medal for Distinguished Service to our dear friend Helga Wawra, who has done so much work over the years on behalf of the Hannover-Bristol Gesellschaft. This is the same medal awarded to BHC in 2014, the year of the 300th anniversary of the accession of the Hannoverians to the British throne, for services likewise rendered to the city partnership since 1947. We now look forward to our visit to Hannover in 2019!
Arrival in St Fagan’s Open Air museum of Welsh history
Our guide, Rich Harris, explaining some aviation history!
Luke Jerram’s ‘Impossible Garden’ at Bristol University’s Botanical Garden – can you spot 5 of the exhibits?
Happy campers on the ‘Shrinking Device’!
Glassblower Marcin making a penguin!
The blue glass tooth on show at the farewell meal at Watershed!