Making The SS Great Britain

Children from Wansdyke Primary School interviewed volunteer Tour Guide, Eddie Elston, and found out about the building, design and technology of the SS Great Britain.

They asked:

  • Why is it called the ‘SS Great Britain’? (0:39 – 0:49)
  • How does the ship float when it’s made from iron and gold? (0:49 – 1:31)
  • Is it real gold on the ship? (1:31 – 1:53)
  • How did the ship turn left and right when it’s already going forward? (1:53 – 2:10)


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!