ss Great Britain Trust Chief Executive awarded honorary degree by the University of Bristol
Photo caption: Matthew Tanner (left) received a Doctor of Laws honorary degree from University of Bristol, presented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Guy Orpen. Credit: Ede and Ravenscroft
The University of Bristol has awarded an honorary degree to Matthew Tanner MBE, Director and Chief Executive of the ss Great Britain Trust.
Matthew received a Doctor of Laws honorary degree in recognition of his work to turn the ss Great Britain into one of the region’s finest landmarks. Since 2000, Matthew has led the £13 million conservation and regeneration of the ship which was relaunched in 2005 and has since won over 30 awards, including UK Museum of the Year 2006, the UK Visitor Attraction of the Year 2007.
As Bristol’s number one visitor attraction, Brunel’s ss Great Britain welcomes around 200,000 visitors a year from all over the world, contributing nearly £10 million every year into the economy.
Matthew has worked in the museum and maritime heritage sectors for 25 years, serves on numerous national and regional heritage and cultural boards and, in 2007, was honoured with the MBE for services to maritime conservation.
An honorary degree is a major accolade, awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the University’s mission.
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