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: 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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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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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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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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