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Tender – Designers Sought for Online Brunel Museum Escape Room

We are seeking creative practitioner(s) to create a bespoke, online escape room about the Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe. The primary objective of the Escape Room experience is to generate income for the Museum through sales. The secondary objective is audience development – to engage target audiences with the Museum’s site, collections and themes with a view […]

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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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TV Appearance! Channel 5 – Tower Bridge: Gateway to London

If you are into architecture, history and the marvels of Victorian engineering then Channel 5’s Tower Bridge: Gateway to London presented by Rob Bell is a must watch. Even though the series discusses bridges they did a spot on the Thames Tunnels highlighting that in the 19th century there was indeed a crossing of the […]

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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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