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Isambard Kingdom Brunel


The Life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by Leonie Bennett
Published by Heinemann Library, ISBN: 0431181101
A colourful biography aimed at younger children.

Brunel – The man who built the world by Steven Brindle
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN: 0297844083
An excellent illustrated biography for older readers with an introduction by Dan Cruickshank.

Tell Me About Isambard Kingdom Brunel by John Malam
Published by Evans Brothers, ISBN: 0237530775
A well illustrated paperback biography for children.

Days Out
The Brunel Museum
Brunel Engine House, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, SE16 4LF, London, England
T: 0207 231 3840
Open: Everyday: 1pm to 5pm for pre-arranged visiting parties. There are regular guided tours of the tunnels - anyone interested should contact the museum by phone or email.
Closed : Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day

SS Great Britain
Great Western Dock, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6TY, England
T: 0117 926 0680
Open: The ship is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 10am to 5.30pm, April-October. (Last entry 4.30pm) 10am to 4.30pm, November - March. (Last entry 3.30pm)

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway
Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2TA, Wiltshire, England
T: 01793 466646
Open: Summer (April-October): Monday-Saturday 1000 -1730, Sunday 1100 -1730. Winter (November-March): Monday-Saturday 1000-1700, Sunday 1100-1700.
Closed: 25 and 26 December, and 1 January

HMS Warrior 1860


HMS Warrior: The World’s First Ironclad by Andrew Lambert
Published by Conway Maritime, ISBN: 1844860116
This book covers the history of HMS Warrior from design and launch through the reconstruction and relocation which today sees her as a leading visitor attraction in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

HMS Warrior – Brtiain’s First and Last Iron-Hulled Warship.  A Pitkin Guide
Published by Jarrold Publishing, ISBN: 0853725373
A colourful guide that covers the history of the ship and what life was like for the crew.

Steam, Steel and Shellfire: The Steam Warship 1815 to 1905. Ed. Robert Gardiner, Andrew Lambert
Published by Book Sales, ISBN: 0785814132
A historical account of the development of the steam powered warship.

Days Out
HMS Warrior
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Visitor Centre, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3LJ
T: 023 9283 9766
Open: Warrior is open 10:00 to 17:00 Daily.
Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.

Portsmouth in 1860


Portsmouth: A History by A. Temple Patterson
Published by Moonraker P, ISBN: 023900146X
A hard to get hold of history of Portsmouth – but worth the effort.

Industries of Portsmouth in the Nineteenth Century by Raymond Charles Riley
Published by Portsmouth City Council, ISBN: 0901559512
Find out who was making what in Portsmouth in the nineteenth century.

Days Out
Portsmouth City Museum
Museum Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire.  PO1 2LJ.
T: 023 92827261
Open: daily 10:00 to 17:30 April to September and 10:00 to 17:00 October to March
Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.