Wardian Cases

All days;

Permanent
Free with admission

For the first time in 150 years plants are back on board the SS Great Britain!

Discover our bespoke Wardian Cases (mini Victorian glasshouses) on the ship’s weather deck and peek inside to view the plants that live within. Victorian steamships played a vital role in the global migration of plants and Wardian Cases were used to transport them around the world.

Don’t miss our newest cabin, based on nurseryman Thomas Lang who used the SS Great Britain to transport precious plant cargo between England and Australia during the 1800s.

 

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Unearth the fascinating history of plants on board steamships as you collect the supplies to make your very own terrarium.
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WHAT’S A WARDIAN CASE?

Plants are taking over the SS Great Britain as it transforms into a floating garden, but what are Wardian Cases?
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