Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

 
  It is not often that early morning visitors to Butser can bump in to one of the 19th Century’s great civil engineers. Recently at dawn a small film crew waited for the sun rise to catch the view, from this the highest point on the South Downs, as part of a series of short docudramas about famous characters from our past.
 Isambard Kingdom Brunel was surveying the scene prior to his construction of the first major British railway the Great Western. History buffs will have realised that certain geographical liberties have been taken with the true location, a fact that was confirmed when the crew moved to Fort Widley to film the tunnel scenes.
Other characters in this educational series included, Florence Nightingale and Harriet Tubman. The target audience is children between 5 and 7 with the aim of bringing history, geography and science to life. 
 
IKB

IKB

 
  Other film crews have been working on Butser recently as part of the ‘7 Dwarves’ documentary currently out on tv, and the  docudrama ‘Fireball of Christ’.  Filming the latter involved setting up a 4th century temple complete with partying pagans in the area known as Grandfathers Bottom.  
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