Dr Matthew Tanner MBE, Director and Chief Executive of the SS Great Britain Trust:
"The SS Great Britain Trust welcomes the public launch of the Year of Engineering 2018 and looks forward to supporting the initiative throughout next year. The mission to inspire people today through the great projects of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession is central to the Trust’s work here at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
“The Trust’s Future Brunels programme, launched in 2011, is committed to giving young people real-world experiences - working closely with both schools and industry.
“From exploring the science behind the rollercoasters at Thorpe Park, discovering forensic science at a ‘Crime Scene House’ or learning about the latest animation technology with Aardman, the programme aims to inspire students to consider career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
“The Trust will also celebrate a huge milestone in March 2018 when it opens its new national museum - Being Brunel - dedicated to one of the world’s most influential engineers. It will be a major addition at Brunel’s SS Great Britain in Bristol and will make a significant and lasting contribution by using Brunel’s incredible story to help inspire the innovators of the future.”
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Photo Caption: 2017 Future Brunel Graduates
The SS Great Britain Trust is fortunate to have the support of a range of corporate partners who play a significant role in shaping the Future Brunels programme. Likewise, the new museum, Being Brunel, could not have been realised without the support of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Foundation, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity and the Wolfson Foundation – as well as the Being Brunel Corporate Club. More information available here.