Brunel Volunteers recognised at London Heritage Volunteer Awards

We were delighted to be shortlisted in not one, not two, but THREE categories in the London Volunteer Heritage Awards today. These awards recognise the best of the best of the amazingly dedicated and loyal volunteers that help London’s Museums run.   Highly Commended – Best Team The entire Brunel Museum team were recognised for …

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In defence of pests – Terredo Navalis

It is often suggested that Marc’s inspiration for his tunnelling shield was the humble shipworm, Terredo Navalis. This tiny creature bores into ships’ timbers. Marc saw first hand the impact of Terredo Navalis up close when he worked in Chatham Dockyard. It does its damage by using shell-like protrusions on either side of is head …

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Director’s Blog – September 2021

September’s been a very transitional month – and not just because the weather can’t seem to make up its mind! We’re looking ahead to being able to do more over the next couple of months, and we’re excited to share what we’ve got planned for you. October Half-Term  We’ve got lots of fun activities for …

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Memorials: #IKBAndMe

It’s the time of year where we honour the anniversary of the death of Isambard Kingdom Brunel by celebrating his life. He achieved many impressive feats of engineering and developed significant portions of England’s infrastructure (some of his structures are still in use today, 162 years after his death). Isambard died at 10:30pm on Thursday …

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Director’s Blog – August 2021

It felt amazing to open our doors an extra day of the week in August – the first time we’ve been open more than 2 days a week since last year! We hosted an exhibition by Accelerate students, who visited us in December as part of their course. It was wonderful to see the students …

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Slavery Remembrance Day at the Brunel Museum

Today, 23 August, marks the UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade. Below, our Director Katherine McAlpine, outlines how the museum is seeking to understand the impact of the slave trade on the construction of the tunnel, so we might better respond to its legacies today:    International slavery Remembrance day marks …

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Brunel Museum shortlisted for Southwark Business Award

We are delighted to share that our online escape room, Tunnelling through Time, has been shortlisted for a Southwark Business Award! The game, which invites players to complete a number of tasks, has been shortlisted for the Business Pivot Award. This category recognises the remarkable efforts some businesses have gone to diversify or adapt their …

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Sustainability at the Brunel Museum

Yesterday, 9 August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its long awaited report stating, unsurprisingly to many interested in tackling the climate emergency, that Climate Change is man-made, and we have until the end of the decade to reverse the worst effects of global heating. It seems there is no better time therefore for …

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Family Fridays at the Brunel Museum this August

From Friday 6 August, families will be able to enjoy the Museum an extra day of the week, as well as some brilliant family activities.  There is a family friendly storytelling session on Friday 20 August, with author Robert Guidi. Guidi’s novel, Isambard and the Cato Street conspiracy, tells the story of a 16-year-old Isambard  Kingdom Brunel who …

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