Engineering innovation, a design genius, international transport firsts, and award-winning beer! A trip to Brunel’s ss Great Britain has everything a dad could want this Father’s Day.
Father’s Day is a great time to celebrate Brunel, whose own life and work was heavily influenced by his engineering father. Marc Isambard Brunel was a great inventor and innovator and his son worked with him from his early teens on many major projects, including the Thames Tunnel.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his wife had three children and records in the Brunel Institute’s collection give an insight into his time spent time with them. Including one unfortunate incident when he swallowed a coin while performing a magic trick to amuse his little ones!
When Brunel designed and built the ss Great Britain in the 1840s it was an engineering trailblazer. At the time the ship boasted the biggest iron hull, a ground breaking screw propeller instead of conventional paddle wheels, and the most powerful steam engine ever afloat. Dads visiting today can test their engineering knowledge and are guaranteed to leave equipped with even more facts and figures.
The full engineering story of the ship can also be found in the new Haynes ss Great Britain Enthusiasts’Manual. And for Father’s Day only (Sunday, June 17) visitors to Brunel’s ss Great Britain can enjoy a 10% discount on the usual price of £21.99.
A range of award-winning, Brunel-inspired beers is also available in the shop and makes a great gift. Hand crafted in Wiltshire the appropriately named brews include Chuffin Ale, Tunnel Vision and Funnel Blower.
Keith Stanton, Retail and Visitor Services Manager for Brunel’s ss Great Britain said: "We’re made for Father’s Day, we’ve got an impressive feat of engineering, fascinating facts and figures and exciting interactive exhibitions. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the family miss out – there is something here for every generation to enjoy. And if you don’t manage to see everything on Father’s Day your individual ticket includes unlimited return visits for the next twelve months."