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Guest blog: Castles in the air

To launch our brand new collaboration with History Hit and our new Clifton Suspension Bridge display, Hannah Little from Clifton Suspension Bridge has written a guest blog on how a near-death experience at the tunnel led the younger Brunel to Bristol…  In 1826 Marc Isambard Brunel’s son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) was appointed as Resident …

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Brunel Museum teams up with History Hit

The Brunel Museum is excited to partner with History Hit to bring you even more wonders of the industrial age pioneered by the Brunels. From this weekend, visitors to the Museum can now discover the story of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in our new display. Ismabard Kingdom brunel was particularly fond of the Clifton Suspension …

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Sophia Macnamara Hawes (nee Brunel) #OTDH

During #WomensHistoryMonth we’re sharing the stories of women who made engineering history: from the lesser known Brunel women, trailblazing female engineers from the past or the women making history today. Today’s post is from our volunteer Gill Howard and is about Marc’s first child, Sophia Brunel  Sophia Macnamara Brunel (b. 30 April 1802, d. 17th …

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Women’s History Month: Boring women

Today marks the beginning of #WomensHistoryMonth and we’re sharing the stories of women who made engineering history: from the lesser known Brunel women, trailblazing female engineers from the past or the women making history today with their feats of engineering. Helen Close of the Women’s Engineering Society shares her blog on the female tunnellers who trailblazed …

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Guest blog: Picture the Docklands

To mark the final few weeks of Picture The City, Kirsty Parsons, Curator Bank of England Museum, reflects on what makes the Docklands so fascinating.  The Docklands is an often overlooked part of London’s history. Today it is the centre of London’s second financial district, with the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf dominating the skyline. Historically …

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We’re looking for volunteers to help us out this Easter!

We’re looking for volunteers to help us out with our brand new family activity this Easter, ‘Tunnel Trouble’. Tunnel Trouble is the Brunel Museum’s brand new immersive adventure for Easter holidays 2022 and beyond. Your role will be to support families while they tackle the fiendish puzzles (and maybe give them a clue or two …

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Smoke & Steel – the Brunel Museum to feature in brand new engineering series

We’re really excited to share that the Brunel Museum is featured in brand new Engineering series, Smoke & Steel. The series, which premiered last night Monday 14 February, showcases incredible industrial heritage across the world – including Marc and Isambard Brunel’s very own Thames Tunnel. Episode 3 which airs on Monday 28 february, is titled, …

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Happy Valentines Day from the Brunel Museum

The story of the Thames Tunnel is one of perseverance against terrible odds: floods, financial troubles, ill health and death. But at its heart is another story of perseverance, of love triumphing against revolution, imprisonment and ill health. That’s why this Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing the story of Sophia and Marc Brunel. The starcrossed lovers …

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Tunnelling through Time shortlisted for Cultural Enterprise Award!

We’re delighted to share that Tunnelling through Time, our online escape room adventure, has been shortlisted for a Cultural Enterprise Award, organisation by the Association of Cultural Enterprises  The game has been designed and built by Deadlocked Escape Rooms, boutique live Escape Room company and one of the pioneers of virtual escape rooms. Inspiration from …

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Rainbow River

Ahead of our Rainbow River Virtual Pub Crawl, LGBTQ+ historian and tour guide Sacha Coward gives us a sneak peak of some of the bars and boozers on our time-travelling bar crawl. The gay bar has been a staple for a lot of LGBTQ+ lives for a long time. Whilst the connection between being queer …

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