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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 Talks FAQs and our webpage below.


(£15 per person – includes copy of the Brunels’ Tunnel guidebook; 90 minutes approx.)

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.

Our next archive talks and viewings are on: 

  • Friday 6th October, 10:30am (at London Metropolitan Archives, Huntley Room)
  • Friday 8th December, 10:30am (at London Metropolitan Archives, Huntley Room)

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.  

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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