Stannah celebrated its membership of the Being Brunel Corporate Club by ‘going aloft’ from the deck of Brunel’s ss Great Britain. The ship stands in her original Bristol dry dock and has been named one of Britain’s favourite visitor attractions.
Going ‘aloft’ were Olivia Stannah, daughter of the Stannah Group Managing Director, Jon Stannah, (and great great great grand -daughter of Joseph Stannah founder of the original Stannah lift company in 1867) and Kerry Kitchen, Technical Sales Advisor for Stannah in Bristol.
Being Brunel: the national Brunel project, is a brand new venture from the ss Great Britain Trust, which will harness and protect Brunel’s significant legacy for future generations. It will invite the public to step into the mind of the hero engineer as he is brought vividly to life with never-before-seen personal possessions, documents and artefacts.
Stannah, the UK’s leading supplier of passenger and platform lifts and long-standing supporter of the ss Great Britain Trust, has joined a host of prominent companies by becoming a member of the Being Brunel Corporate Club. The local Stannah team, based in Bristol, look after all the lifts on the ss Great Britain site and all the lifts were supplied and installed by Stannah too.
Stannah is a family-owned company with an engineering heritage that goes back to the 1860s. The founder, Joseph Stannah, began his business selling hoists and cranes in London, less than a decade after the death of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Today the company is run by his fifth generation family members with a further generation waiting in the wings to continue the dynasty.
Jon Stannah, Managing Director of the Stannah Group of Companies commented: “We are delighted to be part of the Being Brunel Corporate Club and continue our long-standing association with the city and its heritage. And of course there’s a great connection with the shared engineering backgrounds of both our organisations. My daughter, Olivia, thoroughly enjoyed her ‘Go Aloft’ experience and her tour of the whole visitor attraction.”
Dan White, Stannah Branch Manager for South West England and South Wales, adds: “Our regional office is based in Bristol, so we are keen to support our local community. Brunel’s ss Great Britain, where we have supplied and continue to maintain all the lifts, is a fantastic and unique local attraction. I look forward to our continued association and wish the Being Brunel project every success.”
Elaine Murray, from the ss Great Britain, explains: “The ss Great Britain Trust needs to raise an additional £600,000 to complete the £7.1m Being Brunel project. Companies are able to join as a Founder, Partner or Supporter and will receive an exclusive package of benefits including recognition within the new museum which will attract more than 200,000 visitors each year.”