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Happy Chinese New Year from the Brunel Museum

To mark Chinese New Year our volunteer Keith Turpin reflects on the connections to China around the Brunel Museum: Local landmarks  There are lots of clues to Southwark’s Chinese connections. Near the museum you will find Cathay (an archaic term for China) Street. The China Hall on Lower Road, another local Rotherhithe landmark, was a …

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February at the Brunel Museum

February at the Brunel Museum   Love is in the air this February at the Brunel Museum! From falling in love with London again in Picture the City, learn about those whose love has been marginalized by society in our Rainbow River pub crawl, we’ve got plenty to keep your and your loved ones busy …

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Picture the City – Bank of England Museum painting comes to Rotherhithe

PICTURE THE CITY: Exhibition encourages Londoners to reflect on the changing face of the docks From 12 January, visitors to the Brunel Museum can get a different perspective on the docks as they play host to the Bank of England Museum’s Picture the City exhibition. The Museum, which sits on the site of the Thames Tunnel, has …

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The Thames Tunnel Diving Bell  

In David Copperfield (1849-50), Charles Dickins wrote about a speculator’s scrap yard in a rundown area of London now known as Pimlico. Sited on marshy ground alongside Millbank Prison on the bank of the river Thames, half buried in the mud were “rusty iron monsters of steam-boilers … anchors … diving-bells … and I know …

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Invitation to Pitch – Creative Practitioner

Creative Practitioner Brief – Self Guided Family Resources An exciting opportunity has arisen to develop a new suite of self-guided family learning resources for the Brunel Museum. These engaging and innovative resources will represent a step-change in how the Museum engages with their family visitors and drives visits to the Museum. The Brief We are …

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Tunnelling through Time wins Best Online Escape Room

We’re delighted to share that Tunnelling through Time, our online escape room adventure, has won Best Online Game at the 2021 Bullseye Awards. Every year the Bullseye Awards, organized by Escape the Roomers, recognize the best games played by their reviewers throughout the year. In 2021, a team of 14 reviewers played over 12000 games …

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Marc Brunel and the epidemic of 1793

As we come to the end of a second year of a global pandemic, it is interesting to look back at older epidemics and pandemics to see what elements of culture have been shaped by the effects of ravaging diseases. Sometimes the effects are direct and easily identifiable, such as the ending of serfdom in …

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Help us plan for 2022!

As we come to the end of 2021, we’re so grateful for all the support we’ve received in this strange year – whether it’s (visitors in person/online, volunteers, funders, awards, etc etc). We have one more thing to ask of you before the clock ticks over to 2022! As part of our Brunel Museum Reinvented …

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Engineering a new future for the Brunel Museum

We are delighted to share that we have received planning permission for a new welcome pavilion to provide transform the visitor experience at the Museum. The permission will also help us provide a home for our collection of Thames Tunnel drawings and archives. The Museum sought Planning Permission and Scheduled Monument consent after consulting with …

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#MuseumShopSunday: London Sock Exchange

Ahead of Museum SHop Sunday this Sunday 28 November, we’re showcasing a number of our suppliers. Below, Dan from London Sock Exchange who make our incredible IKB socks, reflects on how he thinks the man might respond to be stitched on a sock!   I co-founded The London Sock Exchange with my business partner Oli …

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