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#MuseumShopSunday: London Sock Exchange

Ahead of Museum SHop Sunday this Sunday 28 November, we’re showcasing a number of our suppliers. Below, Dan from London Sock Exchange who make our incredible IKB socks, reflects on how he thinks the man might respond to be stitched on a sock!   I co-founded The London Sock Exchange with my business partner Oli […]

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Christmas at the Brunel Museum

Christmas at The Brunel Museum   Museum Shop Sunday – Get your Christmas Shopping Done Early  Socks printed with Isambard Kingdom Brunel? A tea towel representing the Grand Opening of the Thames Tunnel? If you’re looking for something unusual for the engineer in your life, then head to the Brunel Museum on Sunday 28 November […]

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Guest Blog: Learning through Play with ALom Shaha

We love learning through play at the Brunel Museum! So we thought we’d get our good friend and science teacher Alom Shaha to help explain why its so beneficial!   Learning Through Play   My eldest daughter started in reception at primary school in September, and in a “getting to know you” type of exercise, […]

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Brunel Volunteers recognised at London Heritage Volunteer Awards

We were delighted to be shortlisted in not one, not two, but THREE categories in the London Volunteer Heritage Awards today. These awards recognise the best of the best of the amazingly dedicated and loyal volunteers that help London’s Museums run.   Highly Commended – Best Team The entire Brunel Museum team were recognised for […]

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In defence of pests – Terredo Navalis

It is often suggested that Marc’s inspiration for his tunnelling shield was the humble shipworm, Terredo Navalis. This tiny creature bores into ships’ timbers. Marc saw first hand the impact of Terredo Navalis up close when he worked in Chatham Dockyard. It does its damage by using shell-like protrusions on either side of is head […]

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#OTDH 1 November: Sophia Kingdom marries Marc Brunel

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. The starcrossed lovers met against fairly dramatic backdrop of the French revolution. Sophia was born in England, […]

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Director’s Blog – September 2021

September’s been a very transitional month – and not just because the weather can’t seem to make up its mind! We’re looking ahead to being able to do more over the next couple of months, and we’re excited to share what we’ve got planned for you. October Half-Term  We’ve got lots of fun activities for […]

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Memorials: #IKBAndMe

It’s the time of year where we honour the anniversary of the death of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by celebrating his life. He achieved many impressive feats of engineering and developed significant portions of England’s infrastructure (some of his structures are still in use today, 162 years after his death). Isambard died at 10:30pm on Thursday […]

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Director’s Blog – August 2021

It felt amazing to open our doors an extra day of the week in August – the first time we’ve been open more than 2 days a week since last year! We hosted an exhibition by Accelerate students, who visited us in December as part of their course. It was wonderful to see the students […]

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