SS Great Britain

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the rescue and return of the SS Great Britain from the Falklands to the UK. The BBC is showing a programme tonight (only in on BBC One West) called 'when Brunel's ship came home' but it will be available on the iplayer for the rest of the country to watch.

The BBC Archive site has a video of the programme originally shown in 1970 when the ship came home 'the great iron ship'.

The SS Great Britain has been preserved in Bristol as a maritime museum.

The University of the West of England has undertaken an oral history project to mark the occasion as well. The 'Visualising Voices' project is designed to preserve the story of the ship's rescue and is using animation to bring to life the oral testimonies of people involved in the rescue. The animated video can be viewed here.

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