Children from Wansdyke Primary School interviewed Head of Library and Curatorial Services, Eleni Papavasileiou, and found out about the diaries that some passengers wrote on board the ss Great Britain.

They asked:

  • Why do you work at the ss Great Britain? (0:25 – 0:40)
  • How many diaries do you have? (0:40 – 0:54)
  • What information can the diaries give us about different people’s experiences? (0:54 – 1:23)
  • Why do the passengers keep diaries? (1:23 – 1:49)


Over three days in February and March 2016, this film was planned, filmed and edited by children from Wansdyke Primary School in Bristol with guidance from staff from the ss Great Britain Trust and professional filmmakers from Chocolate Films.

During the project, pupils learnt the basics of film making and practised their team working, speaking and listening skills. The children worked in groups to come up with questions for ss Great Britain Trust staff and volunteers and filmed their interviews on location at Brunel’s ss Great Britain.

You can see all six films on our YouTube channel. We hope you enjoy their films as much as we did!