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Global Stories: the people of the SS Great Britain

Explore our Global Stories project, a huge database of the passengers and crew members of the SS Great Britain. It charts the origin and journey of over 30,000 of the ship's inhabitants, discover passenger's diaries or where the ship was on a certain date.

You can interact with the database when you visit Brunel's SS Great Britain in the Dockyard Museum or try it out online (below) to learn more about life on board.

Here’s three challenges to get you started:

  1. Find a person - can you find someone who shares your name, age or nationality?
  2. Today in history – what happened today on board the ship? You could try your birthday too!
  3. Life on board – choose a category like ‘animals on board’ and find your favourite story. Why not use this to get creative by writing an article or diary entry.