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Archive Visits

The Brunel Museum is hosting a series of special talks and viewings at the London Metropolitan Archives where we will display our beautiful collection of Marc Brunel’s watercolours, sketches and early designs of the Thames Tunnel.

To book your tickets, click here.

For more information, see our Archive Talk FAQs and our webpage below.

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Archive Talks at the LMA - Thames Tunnel Watercolours

(£25 per person / 90 minutes approx. / London Metropolitan Archives, Huntley Room)

Our next talks are on the following dates:

Friday 5th April, 10:30am (London Metropolitan Archives, Huntley Room)

In 2017, the Brunel Museum acquired a beautiful collection of designs and watercolours of the Thames Tunnel produced by Marc Brunel, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and various other draftsmen and engineers involved at the time.

With over 30 individual drawings in the set, ranging from small pen-and-ink sketches of the tunnelling machinery to enormous lithograph prints of the entire tunnel, they are an integral part of the Thames Tunnel story.

As the Brunel Museum will undergo redevelopment in the next few years, these will eventually be on full display in our permanent Engine House exhibition but are currently held offsite at the London Metropolitan Archives.

Therefore, we are now launching a series of special viewings at the archives where our expert guides will deliver talks on the Thames Tunnel watercolours, which will be laid out for you to view and enjoy.

As part of these visits, guests will also receive a copy of the Brunels’ Tunnel guidebook.

A group of five people look over historical documents which are laid out on a table. They are talking amongst themselves.
A collection of historical technical drawings are laid out on a table.
Five people look over a large, historic document. One of the group, a man, handles the document, gesturing to a part of it. He is wearing a lanyard labeled 'Visitor'.

Can’t make the next archive viewing? You can join our waiting list below where you will be given advance notice of talk dates and times, as they’re published.  

Here's what some of our visitors had to say:

Archive talks form part of the Brunel Museum’s Thames Tunnel on Tour series. This
programme is supported by the National Lottery and Social Enterprise Academy.

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