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Open House 2020 and Consultation Update

The Brunel Museum Reinvented Project design team joined us for Open House on Saturday 19th September. Visitors popped by to look at some visuals and share their views on current proposals for the project. The team gathered lots of helpful comments, which are currently being considered as we move forwards into the next stage of […]

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Open House 2020 – Activities and Consultation

We are really looking forward to Saturday 19th September (and not just because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day)! We are taking part in Open House Families – “London’s architecture festival for children”. Visiting the museum and taking part in the activities will be FREE, and drop-in (no need to book) so please do […]

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Tunnel Activities Art Competition Winners

Choosing our two winners was not easy – a great big thank you to everyone who took part! The winners are 6 year old Lillea Falzon, with a picture of a party, and 12 year old Siyona Bhandari with a drawing of a fitness class for all ages. The judges also wanted to congratulate 9 […]

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Museum Reopens Monday 10th August!

We’re delighted to announce that The Brunel Museum will reopen its doors to visitors on Monday 10 August 2020, having been closed since the UK went into lockdown in March. The museum will be open to visitors 12pm – 5pm Monday – Saturday and 1pm – 5pm on Sunday throughout the summer. Ensuring the safety of […]

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Dr Cathy Putz, Director

Dr Cathy Pütz is a museum professional with 20 years’ experience in senior management roles within the UK’s premier museums. Most recently she ran the Victoria and Albert Museum’s pioneering national and international exhibition touring programme, setting up major new partnerships. She has previously held positions as Head of Exhibitions at the National Gallery, London, […]

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Happy 250th Birthday Sir Marc Brunel!

Marc Brunel, the father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the most innovative engineers of his day. He was born on April 25th 1769 Hacqueville, France. He joined the French Navy but had to flee France because of his outspoken royalist views. He emigrated to America where he became Chief Engineer of the port […]

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Decorating our fish and learning about the Thames tunnel

Week 2, day 4: Today we began by making invitations for our parents for tomorrow’s Fancy Fair. Ten we started making our paper mache fish colourful by covering them in small pieces of tissue paper to make scales. With eyes, fins and a tail stuck on, our fish are complete! We were then invited for […]

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Poetry and origami: playscheme ’18

Day 3, week 2: Today we all made paper origami boats. We decorated our paper before folding them into the right shape. Then we made an acrostic poem all together before making our own ones, and decorating them. We then took a trip to the river to do some sketching of what we saw. After […]

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Brunel Museum makes an entrance with new underground venue

Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s legacy in London continues as his first ever project opens as the capital’s latest cultural attraction. Ever the showman, Brunel organised underground fairs and banquets inside the Thames Tunnel – once described as the Eighth Wonder of the World – in the mid-nineteenth century. He would approve of the transformation of his […]

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Brunel the Gardener, Famous Engineer, Farmer’s Son 

Brunel’s Grand Entrance Hall stands in landscaped gardens, stocked with shrubs and trees chosen by Brunel for his chateau in Devon. Because Brunel was a farmer’s son, the poppies are growing amongst runner beans, strawberries, cornflower and asparagus. The wisteria mingles with grape vines in a potager garden. Just a few hundred yards away, the […]

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