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Sir William Harris Lecture: Brunel’s SS Great Britain, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 20 January 2020
  • 18:00 - 20:00
Sir William Harris Lecture: Brunel’s SS Great Britain, London

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The SS Great Britain is one of the most famous ships in the world. By combining size, power and innovative technology it’s designer Isambard Kingdom Brunel created a ship that changed history.

This lecture will describe his vision for the ship, its history as a transatlantic liner, emigrant clipper and windjammer and some of the people who built and travelled on her.

Wrecked and abandoned in the Falklands Islands in 1886, the Great Britain was the subject of an extraordinary rescue in 1970 when she was salvaged and returned to the dock in Bristol where she was built in 1843, and the lecture will conclude with the remarkable story of its renaissance as one of Britain’s most popular visitor attractions.


Tim Bryan

Director of Brunel Institute – Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol

Appointed Director of the Brunel Institute in May 2019, Tim has worked in the transport and industrial heritage sector for more than 25 years. He led the curatorial team that created STEAM: Museum of the Great Western Railway at Swindon before becoming Head of Collections at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire in 2004.

Awarded the Fellowship of the Museums Association in 2016, Tim is Chairman of the Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums and has also written numerous more than 20 books on railway and heritage subjects including a biography of Brunel published in 1999.

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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Elira Alushi

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