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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Coffee Box returns to the Brunel Museum this Easter weekend!

Once again, from Friday 15 April, the Brunel Museum’s riverside terrace will transform into an outdoor cafe –regular attendees to Dulwich market will recognise the Coffee Box van, which offers organic coffees and freshly squeezed juices.   Food and drink is a important part of the history of the Thames Tunnel, the site of the …

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Help showcase the Art of Engineering at the Brunel Museum!

We need your help to raise £18, 500 to bring these incredible illustrations out of storage and display them at the Brunel Museum. Buried in a family album for almost two hundred years, these drawings have changed the shape of our cities and the lives of city dwellers. Yet they have never been on display …

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Nominate us for the Family Friendly Museum Award!

Nominations are now open for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award 2022! Each year Kids in Museums puts the power in families’ hands to crown the winner of its annual Family Friendly Museum Award. The award recognises museums, galleries and heritage sites that go the extra mile to provide a great experience for …

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The mother of all engineers

Dspite being the reason for the Brunel’s unusual middle name, the contribution of his mother, Sophia Kingdom is often overlooked. Changed that today in our fantastic blog. Let our Finance Manager Sarah Kuklewicz put that right:   Early Life Sophia Kingdom was the 16th child of William Kingdom and Joan Spry. William was a Plymouth …

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Opening crowd

Difficult as it may currently be to imagine happily joining a crowd, that is what I am asking you to envision: On Saturday 25th March 1843, the Thames Tunnel finally opened, eighteen years after the start of the project. Visitors eagerly arrived in Rotherhithe on foot, coach, horseback or by boat. A printing press had …

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