This is the local story of an engineering family that changed the world. As well as building the world’s first tunnel through soft ground under a navigable river, the Brunels hosted the first underground concert party here in 1827, and the museum celebrates both engineering and performance in its Grade II* listed Tunnel Shaft. The Brunel Museum is an educational charity.

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    Be the light at the end of the tunnel

    You can be the light at the end of the tunnel for The Brunel Museum by donating to our Virgin Giving Covid-19 Crisis Appeal or by making a donation during your visit.

    The Brunel Museum team hopes to build with you towards a positive new future, to inspire visitors and the local community through sharing new and improved facilities, a space for community events, new areas to display remarkable objects, and by celebrating our historic site in a way that celebrates innovation and ingenuity.

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  • The Museum is Open Again!

    We’re delighted that The Brunel Museum has reopened, having been closed since the UK went into lockdown in March. The museum is open to general visitors 12pm – 5pm Monday – Saturday and 1pm – 5pm on Sunday.

    Ensuring the safety of our visitors is always a priority, and during this time the museum will:

    • Ensure a plentiful supply of hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes
    • Undertake frequent cleaning of the museum and toilet facilities
    • Introduce prominent signage reminding visitors to keep a safe distance and take necessary measures to observe new hygiene guidelines
    • Ensure the museum is well ventilated
    • Request visitors pay by card if possible
    • Capture names and email addresses / phone numbers of visitors to facilitate any contact tracing that may be necessary

    Alongside reopening for general visits, the museum is back to running events for families and the local community. Full details of these events are available on the events page.

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  • Lots to Report in Our Latest Newsletter

    We are very excited about the big news that reached us this month – which is that the Brunel Museum has been awarded £180,000 from the Arts Council as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. It is designed to help the sector face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure that organisations work towards a sustainable future. Our grant, which covers the next six months, will fund our running costs and building repairs, three new members of staff including an Interim Director, a Finance & Business Administrator and a Head of Fundraising post. It will also allow us to improve the heating and lighting in the tunnel shaft, develop exciting projects such as an online Escape Room game in the shaft, develop income generating initiatives on site, offer learning and engagement activities working with local partners and establish engineering workshops for young people.  We have a lot to do!

    We are sorry to say goodbye to our current Director, Cathy Putz who leaves us at the end of October and I would like to record our collective thanks for her contribution. She has been a great champion of our community and the Museum’s volunteers and led the team in the successful opening of the Museum this Summer.  We wish her well for the future.

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