Our vision is to protect the legacy of Brunel and the SS Great Britain and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs of the future.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain tells the incredible story of one of Britain’s greatest engineers and one of the most important ships in maritime history.
In 1970, the SS Great Britain Project brought the rusting shell of the SS Great Britain home from the Falkland Islands, braving 8,000 miles of stormy sea, in an attempt to save it from ruin and keep its story alive. That ‘project’ became the SS Great Britain Trust, and today with your help, we continue to care for the ship and Brunel collections for the good of everybody, for all time.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain is now Bristol’s number one visitor attraction, with two museums and the lovingly restored Victorian ship, a leading research centre, a wedding venue and a purpose built conference facility.
This document – updated in June 2020 – sets out the Trust’s core mission and values. It describes the Trust’s wide-ranging goals as a charity and the way that it seeks to achieve them. The document is set out in sections, providing detail on the Trust’s values and its approach to equality, inclusion, diversity and global citizenship; and providing historic context to the stories told and collections held.
The SS Great Britain Trust is a member of the Association of Independent Museums and Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA). The Trust has won more than 50 awards including ‘Permanent Exhibition of the Year’ Museums + Heritage Awards 2019; ‘Best UK & Ireland Tourism Project’ British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2018; ‘Europe’s Most Welcoming Museum’ EMYA 2019.
Find out more about our latest news and projects, opportunities to join the crew, latest reports and technical documents, and meet the men and women on our Board.