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Womens History Month: Going underground

March is #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. Today, Cate Anthony, reflects on a career following in Brunel’s footsteps underground.  As a young girl I loved doing […]

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

The Brunel Museum is marking St Patrick’s Day 2021 with music and drama! We will be celebrating the contribution of the Irish community to the creation of the Thames Tunnel, the first tunnel built through soft ground underwater anywhere in the world, and we are inviting you to celebrate with us at home. Join us […]

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Womens History Month: Who was Lady Sophia Brunel?

March is #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. Today, our Chair of Trustees Dana Skelley on her experiences of everyday sexism when she was responsible for […]

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Womens History Month: Assessing the damage

March is #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. Today, our Chair of Trustees Dana Skelley on her experiences of everyday sexism when she was responsible for […]

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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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History Storytime – Isambard Kingdom Brunel

We are delighted to have worked with History Storytime to help make a history podcast for children on Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Listen to it here (you may need to scroll down): Sophie (age 7) & Ellie (age 5) team up with the Brunel Museum to tell the story of the incredible engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel […]

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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 […]

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