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15th June 2022 - Ian Caskie

SS Great Britain - From launch to ‘re-launch’

In building SS Great Britain, the second of his three great ships, Brunel successfully combined and adapted the very best of cutting-edge technologies to create the world’s first transatlantic liner – a true wonder of the Victorian age.

She was the first ocean-going steamship with an iron hull, and the first driven by a propeller. This extraordinary ship, launched in 1843 as the largest and fastest afloat, transformed shipbuilding and sea travel for ever.

Ian was born and raised on Merseyside, where he spent many an hour watching the arrivals and departures at Liverpool’s busy Pier Head in the 1950s and 60s. This led to his lifelong passion for ships – especially ocean liners. He was a Primary Headteacher and School Improvement Adviser in Bristol for many years, and has been a Visitor Experience volunteer with the SS Great Britain Trust since 2007.

Ian’s enthusiasm for his subject is clearly evidenced in his illustrated talk which tells the ship’s remarkable story from her original design through the different phases of her working life. It also describes life on board and her incredible salvage and return to Bristol in 1970, and finally her restoration, preservation and ‘re-launch’ as a multi-award winning museum of international renown.

20th July 2022 - Paul Culshaw

The MRI Scanner - A whistle-stop tour

In this talk Paul will run through the basic principles of how an MRI scanner works and how we can use it to produce images of the body. By varying how we use MRI scanners it is possible to produce images of anatomy, the functions of the body and the specific make-up of the tissues ... the possibilities are almost limitless. The key areas to be covered include:

Paul trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at the University of Portsmouth, qualifying in 2005. Since then he has been based in Poole working for the NHS and various imaging companies. In 2007 Paul concentrated on cross sectional anatomy and took a keen interest in MRI and this has been his focus ever since. He is currently an MRI Modality Sales Specialist & Product Specialist for Philips Healthcare. He says that this is a nice position to be in as he is still able to support the NHS and can also see how technology is developing and where MRI will be used in the future.