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Rats, Tales & Trails: February Half Term

Brunel's SS Great Britain

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Saturday 16 February - Sunday 24 February 2019

10am - 4.30pm


Scurry along to Brunel's SS Great Britain for ratty fun this February half term.

Rat Mask Making

11am - 4pm, daily

Included in the price of admission

Decorate your own rat mask in this fun workshop in the First Class Dining Saloon, then put it on and scurry your way around the decks as a ship rat - but make sure you watch out for the ship's cat!

Hide & Squeak!

10am - 4.30pm, daily

Included in the price of admission

Delve into the deepest nooks and crannies of the SS Great Britain and search for six squeaky stowaways. Find out more about rats on board during the SS Great Britain's voyages as you tour the ship in this family-friendly trail. 


Rat's Tales

11am, 12pm & 2pm, daily

Included with price of admission

Settle down on the Promenade Deck to hear tales of rodent mischief on board the ship. With hilarious hijinks and laugh out loud moments, these stories are taken from the diaries of the real passengers and crew that travelled on the SS Great Britain.


The Rodent Roadshow

11.30am, 12.30pm & 1.30pm, weekdays only (18 - 22 February)

Included with price of admission

Pet a real-life rat and discover more about these fascinating animals in a 20-minute workshop, in partnership with Bristol Zoo.

Due to animal welfare we can only have a maximum of thirty people per session. Please see below* for a full notice on the welfare of these rats.


Archive in Five

11.30am - 2pm, 16 February & 19 - 23 February


Visit the Brunel Institute for extended Archive in Five. See objects relating to rats and pests on board the ship, plus a special pest-focused Conservation in Action session. Try and spot Lego rats amongst the SS Great Britain ship model!

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*A notice from Bristol Zoo's education team:

“The rats in these sessions are from Bristol Zoo’s education animal collection. They meet thousands of students every year in the Zoo’s conservation education centre.

They also leave the Zoo and travel to schools and other venues, such as Brunel's SS Great Britain, to support learning programmes. They travel in pairs in secure carry boxes, and are always provisioned with food and water while they are away from their enclosures.

Whilst they are used to the commotion and noise associated with busy classrooms, we try to ensure that the students are as quiet and calm as possible, and that the rats have somewhere peaceful to rest between appearances.”