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Archive in Five

curator holding a sketch by Brunel

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays &

the first two Saturdays of each month 12.30pm - 1.30pm, FREE

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in these curator-led sessions.


Get closer to history in the Brunel Institute as maritime curators and volunteers take you on a journey of discovery with precious items from the Archive Vault.

Featuring this Month:

Printed invitation to the launch of the ss Great Britain made out in manuscript to His Grace the Duke of Wellington, dated June 19, 1843. The document includes Wellington's signature and a handwritten note in which he states that he will not be able to attend as "...it is unfortunately impossible for [him] to leave London".

Free event at the Brunel Institute


From the Collection:

Curators choice from the Archive Vault.

To celebrate the launch of the ss Great Britain on 19 July 1843, this newspaper advertisement was published in the Bristol Mirror; stating that Prince Albert was in attendance.