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Guest Article: THE CRYSTAL PALACE – THE BRUNEL CONNECTION

In 1846, at the opening session of the Council of the Society of Arts, Queen Victoria’s Consort, Prince Albert, expressed a desire to wed high art with mechanical skill. In the 1840s he, along with Henry Cole (1808-1882) and other members of the Society, visited a number of exhibitions of industrial design in England; the […]

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Sophia Macnamara Hawes (nee Brunel) #OTDH

Sophia Macnamara Brunel (b. 30 April 1802, d. 17th January 1878) We do not know a great deal about Isambard’s older sister Sophia. Like many women of her class and time, they were often defined by the men in their lives. Daughters were expected to make a good marriage and then to produce the heirs. […]

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1828 Tunnel Flood

12th January 1828. Near shift change. Isambard was in the shield, helping workers at the face itself. “Suddenly a torrent of water swept in, knocked them out of the frame and extinguished all the lights. A fallen timber trapped Isambard’s leg” (The Brunels’ Tunnel, pg41). On this day in 1828, the Thames Tunnel flooded for […]

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2020 in Review (Trustee Nick Mansell)

I’m sure that for many, 2020 hasn’t quite been the year we had hoped for, however with hard work and dedication, the incredible spirit of our Museum proved difficult to suppress. Dana Skelley OBE joined us as Chair of the Board of Trustees in January. Dana brought a wealth of experience to the Charity and […]

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Brunel Museum appoints new Director for 2021

The Brunel Museum is to welcome Katherine McAlpine as its newest Director in January 2021. The museum tells the story of the first tunnel to be built under a river anywhere in the world – an engineering feat which was once acclaimed as the eighth wonder of the world. The tunnel itself currently houses TfL’s […]

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Friends of the Brunel Museum Re-Launch!

We are very pleased to be bringing back our Friends of the Brunel Museum scheme. With a discount until the end of 2020 because we all deserve something nice this year! Join the Friends of the Brunel Museum JOIN HERE Everyone who joins will be helping the museum continue to deliver our mission: To preserve […]

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Blog: A Busy First Week Back!

We were delighted to reopen on Wednesday 2nd December and start welcoming you back through the doors. As of Friday, we even have this spiffy new sign, kindly donated by LTD Design! On top of that excitement though, we have been up to all sorts of things: Whilst closed, we worked on some exciting Christmas […]

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