The Brunel Collection has been described as the finest collection of original Brunel source material, and it is appropriate that it is housed in the city where this extraordinary engineer began his career. Widely used, it is consulted by scholars from all over the world, and the fact that virtually nothing is said, written or published about Brunel without reference to it is a lasting tribute to the generosity of Lady Noble and our other benefactors: the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Dulverton Trust, the Friends of the National Libraries, the Elton Memorial Fund, the J. Paul Getty Jr. Charitable Trust, the National Heritage Lottery Fund, the Pilgrim Trust, Science Museum Prism Grant Fund, the Trustees of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the University of Bristol Alumni Fund, and the Wolfson Foundation. This brief guide is intended to do no more than give a flavour of the material it contains.
The Brunel Institute
In November 2010 the Brunel Collection moved to the Brunel Institute at the SS Great Britain, a collaborative venture of the University of Bristol and the SS Great Britain Trust, at the Great Western Dockyard, site of the SS Great Britain. The Special Collections staff continues to support the cataloguing and exploitation of the Collection. The Collection continues to belong to the University of Bristol, and access will be provided in conjunction with Brunel Institute and the University of Bristol.
In order to make an appointment to view the Collection please contact the Brunel Institute: SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, BS1 6TY, 0117 926 0680. For further information, see the Brunel Institute website.
Catalogues of the Brunel Collection are available on the new Special Collections Online Archive Catalogue.
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