News

Stay in the loop and go behind the scenes at the museum, with articles by our director, learning manager and volunteers, there is never a dull moment.

Women’s History Month: Boring women

Today marks the beginning of #WomensHistoryMonth and we’re sharing the stories of women who made engineering history: from the lesser known Brunel women, trailblazing female engineers from the past or the women making history today with their feats of engineering. Helen Close of the Women’s Engineering Society shares her blog on the female tunnellers who trailblazed […]

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LGBTQ+ History Month: Hades Hotel

Edit: 25/02/2021: You can now watch these videos on our website, click here to look at our Living & Loving Underground page. February is LGBQT+ History month. To mark it, we’ll be releasing a series of videos revealing the role the Thames Tunnel played as a space where people, including gay and bisexual men could […]

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Happy Valentines Day from the Brunel Museum

The story of the Thames Tunnel is one of perseverance against terrible odds: floods, financial troubles, ill health and death. But at its heart is another story of perseverance, of love triumphing against revolution, imprisonment and ill health. That’s why this Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing the story of Sophia and Marc Brunel. The starcrossed lovers […]

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Happy Chinese New Year from the Brunel Museum

As we prepare for another set of socially distanced festivities, our volunteer Keith Turpin reflects on the connections to China around the Brunel Museum: Like so many cultural celebrations last year, the Chinese New Year festivities starting on 12th Feb will be different, but no less vibrant and exciting. At the Brunel Museum we want […]

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The Rotherhithe Navvies – Brunel Museum host St Patrick’s Day 2021 celebration

The Brunel Museum will mark St Patrick’s Day 2021 with a new commission celebrating the contribution of the Irish community to the creation of the Thames Tunnel, the first tunnel built underwater anywhere in the world. Working with the local Irish community, and Spectrum Drama, the piece will include music and performance based on the […]

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Lockdown: Improving Our Facilities

As we continue into the 3rd nationwide lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic everyone is thinking about novel ways of working and keeping themselves busy. The Brunel Museum is no exception and we have taken advantage of the current closure to complete some important capital works and improve the facilities available to visitors and people hiring […]

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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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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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