We are a charity which receives no core government funding. We are privileged to look after the SS Great Britain and Brunel’s legacy.

The current situation has drastically reduced our main source of income, but our duty of care remains. This comes at a significant and ongoing cost.

In 2020 we marked 50 years since the SS Great Britain was rescued from the Falkland Islands and brought back home to Bristol. Now we are facing a very different challenge.

Here’s how you can help:



Make a donation. Your support allows us to stay open and continue to conserve the ship. You can even make a donation via text – just text BRUNEL to 70450 for a one-off donation of £5 (plus standard rate message charge).


Buy a ticket now, visit later. Your ticket will be valid for a year from the first time you use it to visit, so you can look forward to future adventures with us!

Gift tickets are available to buy here.


Our online shop has plenty of exclusive collections and unique gift ideas, every pound you spend helps support us as a charity and independent museum.


Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or subscribe to our newsletter. We are still telling our incredible stories and sharing fun and useful resources online.

The SS Great Britain is a key piece of our nation’s heritage. Ensure she spends another 50 years with us all by giving your support today.

Thank you.

About your donation

Your donation today is hugely appreciated, and enables the Trust to:

Conserve the ship; prevent corrosion of the iconic iron hull and make her available for future generations.

Run exciting and accessible museums and education programmes, which inspire people with innovation and engineering. These include the historic dockyard, ship and museum site in Bristol as well as education programmes like the Future Brunels.

Care for and grow the nationally significant Brunel Collection within the Brunel Institute.

Your support makes a real difference. To help support the SS Great Britain Trust further, please click here or contact the Development Team on 0117 374 4526. You can also email us at

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