Design & Make

Try a science experiment or find something to design and make with these downloadable resources.

Ahoy There!

Get creative and make your own signal flags to fly in your window.

Brunel & Shakespeare

Brunel was a big fan of Shakespeare. Create your own masterpiece like one of Brunel’s Shakespeare inspired paintings.

Create a Portrait

Sophia Hawes, Brunel’s sister, was a talented portrait painter. Why not try drawing your own portrait?

Create a Work of Art

Brunel drew this horse when he was only 6! Now it’s your turn to create a work of art.

Design A Dessert

Design a dessert fit for a Victorian dining room table.

Design & Make A Bridge

Become an engineer like Brunel and design your own Bridge to cross the Avon Gorge.

Make A Paper Peepshow

Get creative and make your own pocket size world to peer into using this paper peepshow.

Make a Sextant

Make and use a sextant so you can find out your latitude, perfect for a starry night.

Make A Ship’s Biscuit

Bake your own ship’s biscuit – warning – not very tasty!

Make a Thaumatrope

Make your own Victorian toy!

My Museum

What would you put in a museum to represent you?

Renkioi Hospital

Create a paper hospital ward

Setting Sail

Make a paper sailing ship and see how quickly you can get it to sail along a table.

Shadow Puppets

Make your own show with shadow puppets!

Trap A Rat

Rats were a huge problem on board the ship, can you help by designing a rat trap?

What’s for Dinner?

Use a menu from a Victorian voyage to plan a meal to eat onboard the SS Great Britain

Why does the SS Great Britain have holes in it?

*NEW* Become a scientist and discover what happens to metal in water.

Why Do Ships Float

Ever wondered how metal ships float?