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Prize double for ss Great Britain
ss Great Britain
The ship has been judged best museum in the land
The newly-restored ss Great Britain has won two prizes at the 2006 Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence.

Brunel's only surviving ship, restored in her original dry dock in Bristol, won the restoration and conservation award and permanent exhibition award.

"This is a major honour for Brunel's ss Great Britain to land not one but two major awards," said Matthew Tanner, Director of the ss Great Britain Trust.

The awards were presented at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 10 May.

Others shortlisted include HMS Belfast in London, the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, the World Museum in Liverpool and Concorde at Edinburgh.

"To be judged by our peers as being the best museum in the land for the work done here to conserve the ship and provide an enthralling visitor experience is a magnificent reward," said Mr Tanner.

"It is recognition for both the hard work and dedication of everyone connected with the ship and the fact that Brunel's ss Great Britain is now a premier heritage visitor attraction."

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