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Stories of Life on Board the First Great Ocean Liner

Brunel's SS Great Britain, Bristol

Thursday 1 August 2019

Meet curators at 6.45pm, talk starts at 7.30pm

£5 admission, Buy tickets online (ticket also available on the day)

Talk and book-signing event celebrating a fascinating new book about the SS Great Britain.


Join author and maritime historian, Dr Helen Doe, as she shares enthralling accounts of life on board the world’s first great ocean liner. Her new book ‘Brunel’s Ship, Her Voyages, Passengers and Crew’ is published this summer, so this is an exclusive chance to meet the author and hear a narrative account of Bristol’s most iconic landmark. It is the first newly researched book about the SS Great Britain since Corlett’s Iron Ship which was published in the 1970s. Signed copies will be available. This event takes place in the more informal cafe setting of Harbourside Kitchen, offering summer evening views onto Bristol's Floating Harbour.

Your ticket includes a complimentary drink* and the chance to meet museum curators in the Brunel Institute from 6.45pm before Helen’s talk at 7.30pm in Harbourside Kitchen at Brunel’s SS Great Britain. The event concludes at 8.30pm.

*Wine, Pimms or soft drink

The Author: Helen Doe is a well-known maritime historian who specialises in the nineteenth century. She gained her PhD at the University of Exeter, where she is a Fellow. Her other books include Enterprising Women in Shipping in the Nineteenth Century and The First Atlantic Liner, and she was a major contributor and co-editor of the award-winning The Maritime History of Cornwall. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History, a Trustee of the SS Great Britain Trust and on the Council of Experts for the UK’s National Historical Ships.