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Friday 5th June

Friday 5th June


Good morning!

As I mentioned previously this week, this week our Virtual Educational Visits are going to have a more local theme; visits to places that are within an hour of Swindon. As many of our attractions are struggling to survive without their usual visitors, I thought we could visit them virtually this week so you can think about the places you would like to support and visit when their restrictions are lifted. 

Today's visit is to the SS Great Britain, in Bristol: 

Brunel's SS Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world.

When she was launched in 1843 she was called 'the greatest experiment since the Creation'.

By combining size, power and innovative technology, Brunel created a ship that changed history.

His vision for the SS Great Britain made her the great-great-grandmother for all modern ships.

The web-site allows you to explore the SS Great Britain through an interactive map of the ship and another of the rigging and sails. Here you can find out all you need to know about the ship itself. 'The Story' section tells many interesting facts and stories from the ship's creation, by Isambard kingdom Brunel, through its incredible journey to its conservation. My favourite part of the visit is 'Go Aloft!'. Here you can see what it was like to be part of SS Great Britain's crew by climbing the rigging to over 25m above ground level! When the ship is open to visitors, this experience can be booked for anyone at least 10 years old, with a height of 1.4m . . . having watched the video that is included, this is definitely going on my 'To Do List'! 

All of the links are in the Miscellaneous section.

Happy exploring!


As usual, if you have any comments, or suggestions for virtual visits, you can contact me using the Contact Form on the Scotland Class page. Thank you to those who have done this already.