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Brunel Museum to receive £62,046 for Sophia’s Story programme to support young women in engineering

Brunel Museum among 8 recipients of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund,   The project will help to develop engagement with young women and girls both within and outside of school settings using a collection of engineering drawings. The project, ‘Sophia’s story’ takes its inspiration from Sophia Brunel Marc’s daughter and sister to Isambard, walking in …

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Dig deeper this Autumn at the Brunel Museum

From September 2022, there’s plenty of activity at the Brunel Museum to help you dig a little deeper into the story of the Thames Tunnel – from guided tours, to book talks to classical concerts – there’s something for everyone.   Guided Tour Weekends   The story of the father and son team, Marc and Isambard …

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Brunel Museum Reinvented – Your Questions Answered

We’re excited to be reinventing the Brunel Museum in time for the 200th anniversary of the Thames Tunnel in 2025!  We know there will be lots of questions along the way. We’ve tried to answer the most commonly answered ones below, but if you have any more questions about the project, please email us on …

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Summer at the Brunel Museum

Summer at the Brunel Museum In November 1827, after a number of flooding events had left the Thames Tunnel company directors feeling understandably nervous, engineer and PR wizard Isambard Kingdom Brunel decided to host a banquet in the tunnel. The drink flowed and there was music courtesy of the Coldstream Guards – and there will …

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Brunel Museum awarded Places of Science grant by Royal Society 

Brunel Museum awarded Places of Science grant by Royal Society  Today, the Brunel Museum has become one of 26 small museums to be awarded funding of £3, 500 by the Royal Society in its Places of science scheme to engage communities with their local science stories. Uniting art and science at Brunel’s Engine House The Brunel …

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Guest Blog: Starboard by Nicola Skinner

We’re delighted that Nicola Skinner, author of Starboard, has shared the first chapter with us so you can enjoy it for free. Starboard tells the story…  If you want to keep reading, you can take part in our giveaway or purchase a copy from our online shop:   Like a Lot of people, Kirsten Bramble had no …

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Changing Plans: A Circular Tunnel?

The Thames Tunnel as built differs from the original ideas set forward by Marc Brunel in 1818. Today’s Thames Tunnel is a horseshoe shape, but Marc did consider a circular tunnel at one point as these two images from the Thames Tunnel watercolours show. However, it didn’t take him long to realise a circular tunnel …

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