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Tales of Teredo Navalis Family Exhibition extended to May half-term

Family exhibition, Tales of Teredo Navalis, is to be extended to May half-term, thanks to generous funding from the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.   The exhibition shows how Marc Brunel was inspired by the Teredo Navalis, the humble shipworm, when designing the Tunnelling Shield that made the Thames Tunnel possible.   The …

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Summer at the Brunel Museum

Summer at the Brunel Museum In November 1827, after a number of flooding events had left the Thames Tunnel company directors feeling understandably nervous, engineer and PR wizard Isambard Kingdom Brunel decided to host a banquet in the tunnel. The drink flowed and there was music courtesy of the Coldstream Guards – and there will …

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Rainbow River

Ahead of our Rainbow River Virtual Pub Crawl, LGBTQ+ historian and tour guide Sacha Coward gives us a sneak peak of some of the bars and boozers on our time-travelling bar crawl. The gay bar has been a staple for a lot of LGBTQ+ lives for a long time. Whilst the connection between being queer …

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Picture the City – Bank of England Museum painting comes to Rotherhithe

PICTURE THE CITY: Exhibition encourages Londoners to reflect on the changing face of the docks From 12 January, visitors to the Brunel Museum can get a different perspective on the docks as they play host to the Bank of England Museum’s Picture the City exhibition. The Museum, which sits on the site of the Thames Tunnel, has …

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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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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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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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Blog: A Busy First Week Back!

We were delighted to reopen on Wednesday 2nd December and start welcoming you back through the doors. As of Friday, we even have this spiffy new sign, kindly donated by LTD Design! On top of that excitement though, we have been up to all sorts of things: Whilst closed, we worked on some exciting Christmas …

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Brunel Museum Collaborative Project with Greener Bermondsey #Ada100

This week (just ahead of lockdown) the Gardening Club at the museum planted 100 tulip bulbs as part of the Greener Bermondsey campaign to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Ada Salter becoming Mayor of Bermondsey in the 1920s. Ada Salter was a pioneering woman who championed the greening of the borough for health purposes with …

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