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Six months to go

October 2017

After five years’ work on the project, now there’s only six months to go before the new museum opens. There’s a palpable sense of excitement across the whole organisation.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond with SS Great Britain Trust Chief Executive, Matthew Tanner in the Brunel Institute at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

Chancellor Philip Hammond visits Brunel’s SS Great Britain

April 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond today visited Brunel’s SS Great Britain to hear about progress on Being Brunel, the national Brunel museum which will open in Bristol in February 2018. 

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel's cigar case

Extraordinary collection donated to the BI

April 2017

With less than a year to go before Being Brunel opens to the public, an extraordinary collection of items has been donated to become part of the National Brunel Collection.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel in front of chains

Eleven months to go

March 2017

How do you describe the life of a man? Find out how we're creating a museum experience where visitors get to meet Brunel’s own words and voice.

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Painted red steel columns and arched roof trusses

Twelve months to go

February 2017

The new Being Brunel Museum is taking shape. 49 piles have been placed into position to support the weight of the museum building, each one buried at least 16 metres through the soft riverbank to rest on the bedrock beneath.

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An illustration of Being Brunel

Build contractor appointed

October 2016

The SS Great Britain Trust has appointed regional construction company, Beard, to build the national Brunel museum as part of Being Brunel. 

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The Dock Office

June 2016

Work is underway to restore the historic Dock Office building and open it to visitors.

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Demolition starts in preparation for new museum

January 2016

Work on Being Brunel, a major new museum and visitor experience that will be a national centre of expertise in the life and works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, begins this week with the demolition of the vacant 1940s buildings alongside the SS Great Britain.

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Being Brunel: Bristol’s new museum

July 2015

Being Brunel, an exciting new museum at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, will be a major addition to Bristol’s top-rated visitor attraction, located prominently on the harbourside next to the ship itself.

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HRH The Duke of York KG at St James’s Palace for the launch of ‘Being Brunel: the national Brunel project’

A royal engagement

October 2014

The SS Great Britain Trust Patron, HRH The Duke of York KG, invited a distinguished list of guests to St James’s Palace for the launch of ‘Being Brunel: the national Brunel project’.

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