Director’s Blog – April 2021

April started with the welcome news that we were successful with our Cultural Recovery Fund Second Round grant. This second round of funding from the Arts Council means we can keep up that amazing work creating engaging content online while we’re closed while finding innovative ways to ensure the financial sustainability of the Museum. It was a real pleasure to be invited on itv London on Good Friday to discuss what this money meant to us. 

Among those innovative ways to generate income has been the launch of Coffee Box outside the Museum Thursdays to Sundays. Bermondsey born Michelle Dalton will be outside the Museum four days a week Thursdays to Sundays. And on Sundays she’s joined by Dhalchini whose delicious looking cakes are the perfect accompaniment to Michelle’s organic coffee. Pop by and say hello next time you walk past. 

Over the Easter holidays, we launched our Thames Tunnel Fancy Fair Circus workshops for families, where you can learn to hula hoop, tightrope walk or build a human pyramid. We also launched Tunnelling Through Time, an online escape adventure. We’re delighted with how it turned out, but don’t take our world for it – check out the reviews!

It was a real pleasure to speak about the history of the Thames Tunnel to Like a Shot TV who are doing a new series all about engineering marvels. Speaking of TV appearances, did you see us on The Great British Menu? Not one but two of the chefs picked the Thames Tunnel as the inspiration for their dish!