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Open House 2020 – Activities and Consultation

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We are really looking forward to Saturday 19th September (and not just because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day)! We are taking part in Open House Families – “London’s architecture festival for children”.

Visiting the museum and taking part in the activities will be FREE, and drop-in (no need to book) so please do come along and take part between 12:00 and 17:00.

Take part in what, you ask?

Community Consultation – Help Shape the Future of the Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum has recently received development funding from the Heritage Fund and other generous funders to transform the museum.

If the next stage of our application is successful, a significant investment will conserve the historic building, improve visitor facilities and displays, and offer a wider range of events and activities for people.

Drop into the museum to find out more about the plans that are starting to shape up. Meet the architects Tate Harmer and look at their concept drawings so far – we want your opinions and suggestions! Let us know how to best serve our community. Yes, that means you.

(If you cannot make it on the day, the drawings will be available at the museum for the two weeks following the event, and you will be able to pass comments and suggestions on to our staff verbally or in writing.) To keep up to date with progress, you can check out our Community Consultation page which we will be updating regularly, or sign up to our newsletter here.

Arts and Crafts Activities for Children

Along with displaying the architect’s drawings, we will have a display of Sir Marc Brunel’s drawings – his vision of the Thames Tunnel from the early 1800s. Children may use these as inspiration to create their own works of art using coloured pencils, pastels, or watercolours.

For younger children we will have black and white versions of the drawings to colour in and origami flowers to create an artistic Brunel paper garden full of colour and fluffy things!

Food and Drink

We are delighted to announce that the Midnight Apothecary will be serving delicious home-grown mocktails, sodas from Square Root Soda, botanical cocktails, beer and wine from 12 noon – 5pm. Visitors will need to download the BUTLR app to take advantage of this – please download ahead of time if possible. Click here to download BUTLR. Food from the Mayflower will also be available from noon via the app.

You can also look forward to a tea stand in the roof garden serving teas 12-5pm. Payment will be cashless via our iZettle (£1.50) – so no need to download BUTLR if just wanting a cuppa!

Safety Measures

As activities are drop-in, we will have volunteers making sure that numbers are properly restricted in our indoor spaces – a queuing system will be implemented if necessary. Here is a link to more information on the measures we have in place for your safety.

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