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Brunel’s SS Great Britain – An Incredible Journey 1843 to 2018

ss Great Britain. Photographer Max McClure

Dr Matthew Tanner MBE, the Director and Chief Executive of the SS Great Britain Trust in Bristol, England, will tell the amazing story of the world’s first great passenger liner.

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  • The world's first great passenger liner

    This presentation by Dr Matthew Tanner MBE, the Director and Chief Executive of the SS Great Britain Trust in Bristol, England, will tell the amazing story of the world’s first great passenger liner. 

    Invented by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this great iron ship carried some 30,000 people to and from Australia in the 19th century and some 500,000 Australians are thought to be descended from those passengers. But this great invention that changed world travel has not stopped travelling. 

    In the 20th century she was surprisingly rescued from the Falkland Islands and today lies in her original home in Bristol.

    About Matthew Tanner

    Matthew Tanner has worked in the museum and heritage sectors for 20 years. He was appointed as Director & Chief Executive of the ss Great Britain Trust in 2000 in order to create the vision and deliver the conservation of Brunel's ss Great Britain, and he led the team that delivered the £13m conservation and regeneration project.

    He is Chairman of the Association of Independent Museums, and has advised on many other museum projects, and is a Non-Exec Director of Destination Bristol. He is particularly interested in music, plays the clarinet, and serves as a trustee for St Georges Trust, Bristol. Matthew was honoured with the MBE in the 2007 New Year Honours List for his work in the heritage sector.

    TICKET INFORMATION

    Date: Thursday 7 June 2018, 2pm - 4pm.

    Cost: Members $20, Adults $35. 

    Includes: Afternoon tea.

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