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LGBT+ History Month: The Story of William Burt and John Reagan

Discovering LGBTQ+ History in the archive, although always rewarding, isn’t always pleasant. As the LGBTQ+ community have for centuries been pushed to the margins of history, ignored, belittled – or worse. Until 1967, homosexuality between two men was illegal. This means that often, when we begin doing LGBTQ+ or queer history, the individuals we come …

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Brunel Museum crowdfunding campaign and online shop recognized in Digital Culture Awards

Brunel Museum has been longlisted in the Income Generation category in the Digital Culture Awards for not one – but tow projects! The Art of Engineering – Crowdfunding campaign and the Museum’s Online Shop.  The Digital Culture Awards are an awards opportunity presented by Arts Council England’s Digital Culture Network which celebrate and showcase digital and tech innovation in …

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Brunel Museum wins Wedding Award

Brunel Museum wins the Wedding Awards 2023 and has been proclaimed one of the best wedding professionals in the UK   This year marks the second edition of the prestigious Hitched Wedding Awards. Over 18,000 wedding vendors registered on the platform were given equal chances of winning. 2022 saw a boom in weddings after the …

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Stephenson and Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Stephenson were great rivals during their lifetime, often competing with each other for the same jobs. Today we might call them ‘frenemies’ as they shared so much in common. The pair met for the final time on Christmas Day 1858. Below Peter Darley of the Camden Railway Heritage Trust reflects …

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Funding secured for research and conservation of textile collection

The Brunel Museum has secured two grants towards research and conservation of its textile collection. The first grant, from the Costume Society, will go towards the conservation of a kerchief on display in the Museum for many years, before being transferred to secure storage at the London metropolitan Archives.   In the Brunel Museum’s collection …

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Brunel Museum Reinvented: Continuing to listen

Last week I wrote about how we consulted both visitors and non-visitors alike which has shaped the Brunel Museum Reinvented project. But listening to people continues to be at the heart of how we operate at the Brunel Museum, so below I wanted to share some of the ways we continue to ask people’s opinions …

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#MuseumShopSunday: Starboard by Nicola Skinner

YThis Sunday you can get 10% off all books in the Musuem’s shop including, Starboard by Nicola Skinner. To whet your appetite, we’re delighted that Nicola has shared the first chapter with us so you can enjoy it for free.   Like a Lot of people, Kirsten Bramble had no idea what was missing from her …

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St Saviour’s supports Sophia’s Story After School Club

The Brunel museum has secured a grant of £2000 to continue their Sophia’s Story Afterschool club into the new year, thanks to United St Saviour’s Charity.   This November, the Brunel Museum launched a series of engaging after-school (STEM) workshops for budding young engineers, scientists and architects. Each week, through hands-on creative activities, children learn …

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Launch: Isambard and the Cato Street Conspiracy

Launch: Isambard and the Cato Street Conspiracy What would life have been like for Young Isambard in 1820? London 1820: Revolution was in the air (both political and industrial) and Young Isambard was right in the middle of it – could there be a better subject for an action-adventure novel? As an adult, Isambard Kingdom …

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Brunel Museum Reinvented: How your views shaped the project

At the heart of the Brunel Museum Reinvented project is the strong desire to the Museum to make sure we’re meeting the needs of the communities around us. And in order to do that, we need to understand who those people are and what they want from us. This means that during the development stage …

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