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About Us

The Museum is an educational charity and tells the story of one of the world’s great engineering dynasties. Brunel organised the world’s first underground concert party here in 1827, and the Museum celebrates and interprets music and theatre as well as engineering.

Our Mission

To preserve and share widely the ground-breaking stories of the Thames Tunnel project and the outstanding achievements of the Brunel family and their relevance to our lives today. We inspire communities through exploration, learning and performance.


Katherine McAlpine joined the Museum as Director in January 2021. Our Heritage Manager is Julian Ayres. Part-time Finance Manager is Sarah Kuklewicz.

For any enquiries please email us on: or phone on: 020 7231 3840 during opening hours.


Our volunteers range in length of service from seven years to one week and from actors to engineers. Read about our fantastic volunteers and why they enjoy sharing the Brunel stories so much.  Meet Our Volunteers.

Meet Our Trustees

Our trustees make sure we are run properly and help decide strategy. 

Further information

More information about the charity and its finances, including its Annual Reports, can be found at the Charity Commission website.

Company limited by guarantee No. 2488877. Registered Charity No. 1003287. Accredited Museum RD1961

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