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  • The Engine Room

    Passengers and the Engine Room

      Visiting the engine room of the SS Great Britain for the first time, I remember being mesmerised by the constantly...
  • Coal from the bed of the Thames Tunnel

    The Importance of Coal

      It’s sometimes said that trade was the life blood of Victorian Britain. Its merchant shipping brought in raw...
  • Brunel's circle drawing

    The Flying Scotsman

      I was late home on Friday night. My train stopped and the announcement on the tannoy let me and my fellow passengers...
  • Victoria Gold Rush

      Volunteers strike gold! One of the most fascinating aspects of the SS Great Britain’s story is the Victoria Gold Rush...
  • A diary from Brunel's SS Great Britain's collection

    Religion on board

      How were religious festivities celebrated on board? We’ve scoured the 69 surviving letters and passenger diaries to...