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ss-gbThe Director of the ss Great Britain Trust, Matthew Tanner, has received recognition in the New Year Honours list with an MBE for ‘services to Maritime Conservation’. Matthew is responsible for the conservation, restoration and re-development of Brunel’s ss Great Britain and Bristol's Great Western Dockyard, completed in July 2005.

The New Year Honours announcement follows the ship’s success in receiving 10 major awards to date in particular being awarded the ‘Gulbenkian Prize - Museum of the Year 2006’.

Matthew is also a member of the DCMS Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships, and Honorary Secretary of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM). He also serves on the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, and the UK Maritime Curators’ Group.

With a background in maritime archaeology and with more than 15 years’ experience of historic ships in the museum environment, Matthew created the vision and led the staff team that secured the future of the ss Great Britain. He has studied extensively the problems of saving ships and making them exciting and accessible for the general public, and he has published a number of papers on their preservation, accessibility, and interpretation.

Matthew, 40, said: “I have been really delighted by the wonderful response the Trust has received for Brunel’s ss Great Britain in terms of awards and record visitor numbers. This personal honour has come as a complete and wonderful surprise. I am utterly thrilled!

“I am especially pleased as it recognises the national importance of maritime conservation, and the bringing of our fantastic maritime heritage alive and exciting for new generations of people.”

See the article on this project by Matthew Tanner, David Watkinson, Robert Turner and Mark Lewis in the latest issue of The Conservator, Volume 29, pp 73-86

and the SS Great Britain website:

 
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