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Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond with SS Great Britain Trust Chief Executive, Matthew Tanner in the Brunel Institute at Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Photo caption: Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond with SS Great Britain Trust Chief Executive, Matthew Tanner in the Brunel Institute at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.


Chancellor Philip Hammond visits Brunel’s SS Great Britain in Bristol

Chancellor Philip Hammond today visited Brunel’s SS Great Britain to hear about progress on Being Brunel, the national Brunel museum which will open in Bristol in February 2018. He visited the Brunel Institute, seeing some of Brunel’s personal possessions and documents that will be displayed publicly for the first time, before touring the SS Great Britain with Matthew Tanner, Chief Executive of the SS Great Britain Trust.

A Government grant towards the project was announced in the 2016 budget, supporting tourism and cultural activity in the South West.

The new museum – an addition to the existing top-rated attraction at Brunel’s SS Great Britain – is expected to provide a huge boost to tourism in Bristol, where it already brings in around £9million of economic benefit into the city each year, and supports some 180 jobs.

The SS Great Britain Trust cares for an extensive collection of artefacts. The National Brunel Collection (combining over 14,000 items from the University of Bristol Brunel Collection, the Clive Richards Brunel Collection and the SS Great Britain Trust Collection) has been awarded Designated Status by Arts Council England. Being Brunel will secure the Brunel Collections for the nation, providing even greater visitor experiences at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, and inspiring future generations of engineers, inventors and innovators.

The £7.26million Being Brunel project has also received funding from National Lottery players via the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as individuals, trusts, and businesses which have become members of The Being Brunel Corporate Club.

More information about Being Brunel: the national Brunel project is available online at




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About Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Brunel’s SS Great Britain is the world’s first great ocean liner and the most innovative steam ship of her time. Launched in 1843, this iron-hulled steamship revolutionised travel and set new standards in engineering, reliability and speed. Today, Brunel’s SS Great Britain is Bristol’s no.1 visitor attraction (as voted by the public on Trip Advisor) and home to the Brunel Institute, housing one of the world’s finest maritime and Brunel collections.

The attraction is ‘Brunel’s SS Great Britain’, the ship herself is the ‘SS Great Britain’, the charity which manages and maintains the ship is the ‘SS Great Britain Trust’.

Brunel’s SS Great Britain has won over 30 major awards covering heritage, tourism, conservation, access, education, venue hire and customer service; including:

  • 3* in Michelin Guide to Great Britain, 2012
  • Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, 2010
  • England’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, 2007
  • UK Museum of the Year 2006