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Children on a tour of the ss Great Britain

To book, please call the Bookings Team on 0117 926 0680.

Workshop: Brunel – Our Engineering Hero

Duration: 1 hour

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.

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.

Workshop: Victorians at Sea

Duration: 1 hour

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 dip pens and be amazed by scientific illusions and amusements.

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.

Workshop: Passenger Investigation

Duration: 1 hour

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

Use replica objects, documents and original historic artefacts to conduct an investigation and discover the stories behind the passengers who made life-changing journeys on the ss Great Britain.

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.

Show: Being Brunel (for years 5 and 6)

Duration: 50 minutes

Discover the story of Brunel’s life, learn about his successes and failures, and explore the skills and attributes that made him the inventive genius we celebrate today.

The Being Brunel show explores the history and science of Brunel’s projects with audience participation, interactive challenges and demonstrations.

The show takes place in the Great Eastern Hall and is led by a member of the Education Team; it is suitable for larger groups and can accommodate up to 60 pupils.

Available on selected Mondays and Tuesdays, in January, February and March. Please call our Bookings team on 0117 926 0680 or email: groups@ssgreatbritain.org to check availability.

Tour: Guided Tour of the Ship

Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour

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.

Tour: Guided Tour of the Dry Dock (For years 5 & 6)

Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour. Suitable for years 5 and 6.

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

Tours are free for schools but subject to availability.

Self Guided Resource: The Captain’s Trail

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

*Please note: the cannons have now been removed from the Weather Deck. They are now located on the Dockside.

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!

This trail takes place on board the ship.

Downloadable documents:

Self Guided Resource: Explore Everywhere

(Duration: Flexible)

There is so much to discover and explore at Brunel’s ss Great Britain! These fun, simple and flexible challenge cards help children engage with their surroundings.

Explore Everywhere cards can be used in any place, in any way and even in your school, community or on other trips! We recommend one set per group of children.

*For best results, set your printer to ‘Flip on long edge’ and to ‘Actual Size.’ Print in A4 landscape, double-sided and in colour. Then cut into cards.

Self Guided Resource: Explore Art Everywhere

(Duration: Flexible)

Arts and creativity are everywhere at Brunel’s ss Great Britain! These fun, simple and flexible challenge cards help children explore and identify art forms present in their surroundings.

Explore Arts Everywhere cards can be used in any place, in any way and even in your school, community or on other trips! We recommend one set per group of children.

*For best results, set your printer to ‘Flip on long edge’ and to ‘Actual Size.’ Print in A4 landscape, double-sided and in colour. Then cut into cards.

Learning Resources for the Classroom

Explore our collections with free learning resources including images, information, short films, games and classroom resources at www.ssgreatbritain.org/learning - ideal for preparing for or following up a visit!

 

 

“Fantastic day for all children! Very informative and the workshop was hands on. It has been really inspirational for our topic (the Victorians) and for our literacy work.”

Key Stage 2 Teacher

 

The ss Great Britain Trust is grateful to the Lloyd's Register Foundation and Arts Council England for their valuable support for this programme.