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Tunnellers Club – Sessions 4, 5, 6

12th February | 12th March | 16th April

10am to 11am

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The program will explore the science behind the tunnel, including how it was built underground and its architectural features as well as Brunel’s wider engineering legacy. From craft to tech, through design and science, the Tunnellers Club aims to be a bridge (or should that be a tunnel?) between the young Rotherhithe community and the incredible story of the Thames Tunnel, the first underground tunnel under a navigable river in the world.


Established in 2022, the “Tunnellers Club” is open for children aged 7-11 and held at the Brunel Museum on a monthly basis.


Session 4 – Magical Mirrors / In collaboration with STEMAZING

  • 12th February 2023

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

Marc Brunel was an amazing engineer and even made his own measuring device for use at sea that used mirrors – called an Octant. In this session, families will create their own magic with mirrors by making a kaleidoscope.

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Session 5 – Terrific Tunnels / In collaboration with STEMAZING

  • 12th March 2023

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

In this practical session, families will have fun trying to build a tunnel through mud without touching the mud with the hands. A challenge Marc Brunel faced when building the Thames Tunnel.

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Session 6 – Brilliant Boats / In collaboration with STEMAZING

  • 16th April 2023

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

Isambard Kingdom Brunel revolutionised naval engineering. He built the biggest and fastest ships that crossed the Atlantic. In this session, families will build their own propelled boat to see it move across the water under its own power!

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The programme is supported by the Royal Society’s Places of Science grant

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