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School visits

Brunel’s ss Great Britain is an ideal location for a day out of the classroom. The historic ship, Dockyard Museum and beneath the ‘sea’ in the Dry Dock capture the imagination with lots to see, hear, touch and even smell!

We offer a range of interactive workshops, guided tours and self guided trails that can be downloaded from this website.

Please note:

There is limited availability for Workshops and Tours in the Autumn Term, we advise you book now to guarantee your space! Please call the Bookings Team for more information and dates available on 0117 926 0680.

Key Stage 1

Workshops

Our interactive workshops take place in the Medlock Education Centre and are led by a member of the Education Team. They are intended for up to 30 children per workshop.

Brunel – Our Engineering Hero

Travel back in time to Victorian Britain! Tackle one of Brunel’s challenges by helping to build the ss Great Britain and discover what it was like to attend the launch of the famous ship.

Victorians at Sea

Set off on a 60-day journey to Australia on board the ss Great Britain and find out how the Victorians kept busy on a long voyage.

Examine objects, play games, try out quill pens and be amazed by scientific illusions and amusements.

Self Guided Trails

*Please note: we are sorry that the cannons are currently missing from the Weather Deck.

These free downloadable trails are to help pupils discover and explore the ss Great Britain.

The Captain’s Trail

Take on the Captain’s role and inspect the ss Great Britain during her long voyage to Australia. This self guided trail helps your group discover the secrets of First Class and Steerage passengers, explore the ship’s galley and try their hand at steering!

Downloadable documents:

Information for teachers

Children's Trails - Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5

Adult Leader's Trails  - Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5

Guided Tours

Find out about the different phases of the ss Great Britain’s long and adventurous life and meet passengers and crew along the way with our knowledgeable volunteer tour guides.

Tours are free for schools but subject to availability.

Key Stage 2

Workshops

Our interactive workshops take place in the Medlock Education Centre and are led by a member of the Education Team. They are intended for up to 30 children per workshop.

Brunel – Our Engineering Hero

Travel back in time to Victorian Britain! Tackle one of Brunel’s challenges by helping to build the ss Great Britain and discover what it was like to attend the launch of the famous ship.

Victorians at Sea

Set off on a 60-day journey to Australia on board the ss Great Britain and find out how the Victorians kept busy on a long voyage. Examine objects, play games, try out quill pens and be amazed by scientific illusions and amusements.

Passenger Investigation

Who travelled on the ss Great Britain and what was it like? Use objects, documents and even microscopes to conduct an investigation and discover the stories behind the passengers who made life-changing journeys.

Self Guided Trails

*Please note: we are sorry that the cannons are currently missing from the Weather Deck.

These downloadable resources are to help pupils discover and explore the ss Great Britain.

The Captain’s Trail

Take on the Captain’s role and inspect the ss Great Britain during her long voyage to Australia. This self guided trail helps your group discover the secrets of First Class and Steerage passengers, explore the ship’s galley and try their hand at steering!

Downloadable documents:

Information for teachers

Children's Trails - Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5

Adult Leader's Trails  - Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5

Guided Tours

Tours are free for schools but subject to availability:

  • Ship Tours

Find out about the different phases of the ss Great Britain's long and adventurous life and meet passengers and crew along the way with out knowledgeable tour guides.

  • Dry Dock Tours

Take an interactive tour beaneath the glass sea, participate in demonstrations and discover the secrets behind Brunel's unique technology and innovative design.

Key Stage 3

Workshops

Our interactive workshops take place in the Medlock Education Centre and are led by a member of the Education Team.

They are intended for up to 30 children per workshop.

Passenger Investigation

Who travelled on the ss Great Britain and what was it like?

Use objects, documents and even microscopes to conduct an investigation and discover the stories behind the passengers who made life-changing journeys.

Guided Tours

Tours are free for schools but subject to availability:

  • Ship Tours

Find out about the different phases of the ss Great Britain's long and adventurous life and meet passengers and crew along the way with out knowledgeable tour guides.

  • Dry Dock Tours

Take an interactive tour beaneath the glass sea, participate in demonstrations and discover the secrets behind Brunel's unique technology and innovative design.

Key Stage 4 and above

Guided Tours

Tours are free for schools but subject to availability:

  • Ship Tours

Find out about the different phases of the ss Great Britain's long and adventurous life and meet passengers and crew along the way with out knowledgeable tour guides.

  • Dry Dock Tours

Take an interactive tour beaneath the glass sea, participate in demonstrations and discover the secrets behind Brunel's unique technology and innovative design.

Special Educational Needs and Disability

The Visual Story and Sensory Information are designed to help pupils prepare for their visit to Brunel’s ss Great Britain through looking at pictures of some of the things they can expect to see and do on site.

The resources can be downloaded in PDF or adaptable PowerPoint format (PPT).

There are separate guides for the tours and workshops that can be booked as part of a school visit.

Visual Story PDF PPT
Sensory Information PDF PPT
Guide to 'Victorians at Sea' workshop PDF PPT
Guide to 'Passengers Investigation' workshop PDF PPT
Guide to 'Guided Tours of the Ship' PDF PPT
Guide to 'Brunel, Our Engineering Hero' workshop PDF PPT

The Medlock Education Centre (where workshops take place) has a dedicated quiet room that can be used, with adult supervision, for children to take time out during workshops. 

School Information

Lunch Areas

There are two covered outdoor lunch areas with bag storage available for schools on a first come first served basis.

 

Access Information and Special Educational Needs

The ss Great Britain is fully accessible for wheel chair users and assistance animals are welcome. To discuss specific access or educational needs please call 0117 926 0680 and ask to speak to the Education Team.

There is free entry for carers and one to one support.

 

Coaches

There are spaces for coaches to park and drop off groups in the car park next to the ship.

 

Brunel's ss Great Britain is grateful to Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF) for its valuable support of the Brunel Institute education programmes. LRF, a UK registered charity and sole shareholder of Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd, invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide.

Arts Award

The ss Great Britain Trust is proud to be an Arts Award Supporter.

A visit to Brunel’s ss Great Britain can support students working towards Arts Award. 

Taking part in workshops and tours can count towards:

Discover – discover the arts

Explore – inspire

Bronze – take part in an arts activity, arts review

Silver – arts review

Learning about Brunel the artist and designer behind the ss Great Britain can count towards:

Discover – find out

Explore – explore

Bronze – arts inspiration

Discover how a visit to Brunel’s ss Great Britain and FREE Brunel-themed resources can help you achieve your Arts Award Discover through your local Arts Award Centre.

Find an Arts Award Centre near you HERE.

For more information about Arts Award please visit HERE

 

 

 

“Very stimulating day enjoyed by everyone…When we shared in assembly all the 60 children cheered!”
Year 2 teacher