The SS Robin

The SS Robin
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SS Robin is a precious diamond, a national treasure and one of London’s best kept secrets. She’s the world’s oldest complete steamship and the last of her type in the world. She’s a true survivor and a symbol of the resilience of London's East End, with a life spanning three centuries and an amazing story to tell.

She was built in 1890 at the world renowned Thames Ironworks shipyard on the River Lea, where many notable vessels - including the illustrious HMS Warrior - were built.

Her incredible story is one of risk, enterprise, determination and endurance. You can get a glimpse of her at London’s Royal Victoria Dock, where she’s undergoing final restoration work only a mile from where she was originally built, ready to take her place at the western end of the Royal Victoria Dock (close to the Emirates AirLine cable car) as a symbol of East London’s transformation when she re-opens in 2015.

Venue Type:

Ship or maritime heritage site, Archive

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SS Robin Gallery seeks to challenge perceptions by illustrating and exploring our lives and planet through extraordinary documentary images.

Collection details


Key artists and exhibits

  • Reuters; British Press Photographers Association; Old Fogeys;
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Creative training ICT

The one-day courses are designed to build teams, improve communications and inter-department relationships within the inspiring enviroment of the world's oldest complete steamship.
This unique creative experience is a hands-on training session which builds leadership and team skills in a positive, non-aggressive environment.
The courses are run in association with Apple Education and SouthStreet Films

Schools programme

SS Robin Trust works closely with local schools and community groups.
We run creative learning workshops designed to:
- create a unique, inspiring environment for students to discuss and analyse society and cultures through documentary images.
- provide a dynamic and relevant resource for schools, catering in particular for students at KS 2-5 in Photography, Media, Citizenship, Art & Design and English.
- encourage students to use photography as a visual language, exploring how ideas, concepts and narratives are conveyed through images.
- offer specialist tailored workshops to develop students' own creative responses to their environment, mentored by industry professionals and supporte

The SS Robin
SS Robin
2D/2E Royal Victoria Place
Greater London
E14 1UQ




020 7998 1343

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