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Bristol's 'Being Brunel' museum, which sits alongside the magnificent SS Great Britain, has recently been named leisure and tourism project of the year at the 2019 Michelmores Property Awards. The awards, now in their 17th year, celebrate the very best of the South West's building and construction sector.
The project saw the transformation of the partly derelict Harbourside buildings next to the historic ship into a new visitor experience, based on the life and legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, at one of the city’s most popular attractions. The work also included the restoration of Brunel's Drawing Office, a Grade II*-listed building.
Considered one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, the attraction gives an extraordinary insight into the life and mind of the Victorian engineering genius. Visitors can go inside the office where he worked, learn more about his impressive portfolio (which includes Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Great Western Railway) and even have an immersive experience inside Brunel’s innovative ‘brain’.
Entrance to the Being Brunel museum is included as part of the entry fee to Brunel’s SS Great Britain. One of the most important historic ships in the world, she was the first propeller-driven iron ship to cross the Atlantic, and the largest vessel of her time.
Pop along to Brunel's SS Great Britain this summer (20 July - 1 Sept 2019) to watch breath-taking performances and exhilarating stunts every day from The Invisible Circus.