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ss Great Britain director is MBE
Matthew Tanner, MBE
Matthew Tanner is made MBE for services to Maritime Conservation
The director of the ss Great Britain Trust has been honoured by the Queen for his services to maritime conservation.

Matthew Tanner has been appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours list.

He is responsible for the conservation, restoration and re-development of the ship and the Great Western Dockyard.

The ship has won 10 major awards to date in particular the 'Gulbenkian Prize, Museum of the Year 2006'.

Utterly thrilled

"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," said Mr Tanner.

"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."

Mr Tanner is also a member of the DCMS Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships, and Honorary Secretary of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM).

Bristol's full honours list


  • Kenneth Hopley, formerly area manager, Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, Department of Transport (Chipping Sodbury)

  • Mrs Gurdarshan Dhanjal, for services to community relations in Bristol, in particular to South Asian families with disabled children (Keynsham)

  • George Tait Edwards, formerly senior regional property adviser, Learning and Skills Council For services to further education

  • Derek Graham Hardwell, senior manager, Child Support Agency, Department for Work and Pensions. (Bridgeyate)


  • John Michael Salisbury, formerly executive producer, BBC Natural History Unit. For services to broadcasting. (Bishopston)

  • Ms Edna Margaret Telfer. Director, Bristol Drugs Project. For services to people who misuse drugs. (Totterdown)


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