SS Great Britain

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Location: SS Great Britain, Bristol
Date: Wednesday 26 October 2011
Address: Brunel's SS great Britain
Great Western Dockyard

The Venue...

The ss Great Britain was a world first when she was launched in Bristol in 1843.  This uniquely successful ship design brought together new technologies in a way which transformed world travel.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the most daring of the great Victorian engineers, conceived the groundbreaking combination of a screw propeller, an iron hull, and a massive 1000-horsepower steam engine.

She was immediately successful - on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic the ss Great Britain easily broke the previous speed record.

Although effectively a prototype, she continued sailing until 1886, and travelled thirty-two times around the world and nearly one million miles at sea. 

She was finally abandoned in the Falkland Islands, in 1937, after more than 40 years use as a floating warehouse.

In 1970 an ambitious salvage effort brought her home to Bristol, where today she is conserved in the dry dock where she was originally built.


By Road
From the M5
Exit the M5 at Junction 18.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A4 Portway, into Bristol (approx. 4 miles).
After passing under Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge, you reach Cumberland Basin one-way system.
Take the left exit, signposted the City Centre and Historic Harbour, and after the traffic lights get into the right-hand lane.
At the next set of lights get into the left lane, taking the first exit to cross the old swing bridge.
Once across the old swing bridge fork left after the Nova Scotia pub and Howards’ Bistro, and within 100 metres turn left onto Cumberland Road.
Follow Cumberland Road for approximately 1km (0.6 mile) and take a left into Gas Ferry Road.
Follow the road into the pay and display car park, next to Brunel’s ss Great Britain.

M4 / M32
Exit the M4 at Junction 19.
Take the M32 and continue until the motorway ends.
Stay in the left hand lane and follow brown tourist ‘white anchor’ signs for ss Great Britain.
Go through the underpass.
Take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout.
Pass Temple Meads Railway Station on your left and get into the right-hand lane.
At the roundabout, follow the brown tourist ‘white anchor’ sign, and turn onto York Road (which runs on the south side of the river).
Follow York Road to next roundabout at Bedminster Bridge.
Take the 3rd exit (taking you across the river) onto Commercial Road.
At the next mini roundabout take the left exit onto Cumberland Road.
Follow Cumberland Road for 800metres (0.5 miles) and turn right into Gas Ferry Road.
Follow the road into the pay and display car park.

A4 Bath Road
Refer to the Bristol City Centre downloadable map
As you get to the end of Bath road, turn left at the traffic lights onto York Road.
At the roundabout, take the third exit onto Commercial Road.
Follow the road to a mini roundabout and take the first exit onto Cumberland Road.
Turn right onto Gas Ferry Road.
Follow the road into the pay and display car park.

By Bus
Bus No. 500 runs every 20 minutes between Temple Meads Station, City Centre and Brunel’s ss Great Britain.  These buses are accessible by wheelchair users.
For passengers using Bristol Temple Meads the bus stop is situated outside The Reckless Engineer public house, opposite the main entrance to the train station car park and accessible via a pedestrian crossing.Click here to see the latest timetable.

By Train
Trains to Bristol Temple Meads - A 30 minute walk or short ferry or bus ride

Seminar Programme...

08:00am Registration
08:30am Chairmans Introduction
08:35am Tensar International Ltd
09:00am Phi Group Ltd
09:25am Geofirma Soils Engineering Ltd
09:50am Platipus Anchors Ltd
10:15am Break and Exhibition
10:30am TenCate Geosynthetics (UK) Ltd
10:55am Siltbuster Ltd
11:20am Keller Ltd
11:45am Break and Exhibition
12:00pm Boart Longyear Ltd
12:25pm Uretek Ltd
12:50pm Maccaferri Ltd
13:15pm Lunch and Exhibition