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Tours, Talks and Open Days

Museum Shop Sunday

Sunday 26 November

11am to 3.30pm

Get your Christmas shopping done early at the Brunel Museum!

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 26 November for all your Christmas shopping needs. The event is taking place both onsite and online with a 10% discount on all products.

And we’ll also be joined by three guest speakers, delivering talks throughout the day:

11:30am  – Robert Guidi
author of Isambard and the Cato Street Conspiracy

1:30pm – Brad Borkan
author of Audacious Goals, Remarkable Results

2:30pm – Helen Gordon
author of Notes from Deep Time



“London 1820: Revolution was in the air (both political and industrial) and Young Isambard was right in the middle of it – could there be a better subject for an action-adventure novel?As an adult, Isambard Kingdom Brunel led an eventful life – he certainly had no shortage of close shaves and fantastic achievements. But what adventures did he have as a teenager?”

In his new book, Robert Guidi explores what might have happened to the Young Isambard in 1820, with a few “what ifs” thrown in along the way…

Author Robert Guidi will be at our museum day from 10am to 1pm and will be giving a short talk and reading at 11:30am – come along to hear about Young Isambard’s adventures and enjoy the activities.



Isambard Kingdom Brunel may be known for his magnificent tunnels, bridges, railways and ships, but he should also be given credit for something else – providing lessons and insights into how to lead a life of epic achievement.

In this brief talk at 1:30pm, Brad Borkan reveals 3 of the most important lessons we can learn from Brunel that we can bring into our modern lives today.


2:30pm – Notes from Deep Time

The story of the Earth is written into our landscape. Wanting a fresh perspective, the writer Helen Gordon set out to read that epic narrative. Her odyssey takes her from the secret fossils of London to the 3-billion-year-old rocks of the Scottish Highlands, and brings her face-to-face with the strange and wonderful world of deep time.

In this brief talk at 2:30pm, Helen Gordon looks for deep time in London and its edgelands. 


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