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Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the curators and volunteers in the Brunel institute delve into the vault to show visitors rare and original artefacts and bring the story for Brunel and ss Great Britain to life.

SS Great Britain

A skethcbook page of pen and ink drawings made by Isambard Kingdom Brunel from c. 1835

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Article in 'The London Illustrated News', 15 February 1845, describing the interior of ss Great Britain. Includes longitudinal section and deck plan of ship and illustrations of the promenade deck and the saloon.

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Attractive sketch by isambard Kingdom Brunel showing the arches of the canopy at Bristol Railway Station with person, and view of roof panes from above. Can also be described as hammerbeam roof for Bristol and Exeter Railway terminus at Bristol.

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"The S.S. "Great Britain" off Liverpool flying the atlantic flag", Francis Hustwick, 1797-1865

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A ticket to the launch of ss Great Britain on July 19, 1843. People lined the banks of the Avon to see the launch and a select few VIP joined a special vantage point from the docks.

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