Brunel's SS Great Britain tells the incredible story of one of Britain's greatest engineers and one of the most important ships in maritime history.  The Trust's vision is to protect the legacy of Brunel and the SS Great Britain, and to inspire engineers and entrepreneurs of the future.

In 1970, the SS Great Britain project brought the rusting shell of the vessel home from the Falkland Islands, braving 8,000 miles of stormy sea, in an attempt to save it from ruin and keep its story alive.  That 'project' became the SS Great Britain Trust, and today they continue to care for the ship and Brunel collections for the good of everybody, for all time.

Brunel's SS Great Britain is now Bristol's number one visitor attraction, with two museums and the lovingly restored Victorian ship, a leading research centre, a wedding venue and a purpose built conference facility. 

Our first Shipshape Network South West Hub event was hosted at the SS Great Britain Trust in November 2022.  The day brought together vessel owners, conservation projects, businesses, and craftsmen throughout the South West of England to celebrate the region's rich and diverse maritime heritage, share expertise and connect local groups. It was also an opportunity for attendees to find out more about the SS Great Britain Trust's South West Hub role, working with us to provide facilities and services to the local area. You can find out more about the Shipshape Network and our Hub initiative here.

Find out more about the SS Great Britain Trust and the conservation of this iconic vessel. 

What is a Shipshape Network Hub

NHS-UK have partnered with maritime heritage organisations across the UK to act as Shipshape Network Hubs for their region. Hubs are ambassadors that aim to bring businesses and individual vessel projects together. Hubs carry out Network-related projects, supports the sector and helps attract funds, giving advice to Network members.

Download our Hub leaflet for more information.

Hub Services and Activities 

Sharing knowledge and expertise – offering advice and guidance to anyone undertaking conservation projects or funding applications 

Creating connections – working with organisations across the South West and the wider Network

Hosting workshops - conservation, boat building, volunteering and training workshops for local projects, companies and vessel owners

Network events - fostering links across the region 

Representing Shipshape South West – championing the South West's maritime heritage at local and national events

Attracting investment - working with local partners to sustain our maritime heritage 

Get in touch

Contact your Hub to find out more about their activities and services. 

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