50 years back home in Bristol
Bristol and Brunel’s SS Great Britain are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ship’s return “back home” to the city.
This new short film revisits the 1970 rescue and homecoming 50 years on. Divers look back at one of the most ambitious and pioneering ship rescues ever attempted. The 8,000-mile journey to Avonmouth was the longest ever under tow, and the re-floating and return to Bristol beneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge was watched by crowds of spectators and millions on television.
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Delve into the rescue and homecoming story:
Head behind the scenes of our two-part outdoor photography exhibition:
Outdoor photography exhibition
Our exhibition - ‘Falklands to Bristol: an extraordinary journey’ - is on Brunel Square, and can be enjoyed by people on Bristol's harbourside. See dramatic photos of the homecoming alongside an exhibition on Falkland Islands life today, giving a flavour of the place from where the SS Great Britain set off on her remarkable homecoming journey 50 years ago.
We are grateful to the Falkland Islands Government and Falkland Islands Association for supporting the photography exhibition. And to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Lottery Players for supporting the 50th anniversary programme.