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Director’s Diary: The Hon Sir William McAlpine Bt

In Memoriam Sunday 13th Fawley Hill Museum. Sir William McAlpine was one of the first enthusiastic patrons of The Brunel Museum, always ready to fill the gap. A keen Brunel collector, he was the first to loan objects to the museum, which came from his own very extensive collection. He lobbied other organisations to follow suit, and […]

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Director’s Diary: Atlantic Bridges by Roebling & Brunel

On board Norwegian Cruise Line Epic we arrive in Cadiz: splendid views across the bay of El puente de la Constitución de 1812 or Puente de La Pepa, the new cable stay bridge. This is the work of the controversial Santiago Calatrava and a type of suspension bridge.  My last talk ATLANTIC BRIDGES is about suspension bridges built by two brilliant engineering dynasties: Roebling […]

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Director’s diary: Easter Activities and Journey to America

This holiday week there are children’s activities and craft workshops each day. On Thursday Secret Adventures offer Cinema and cocktails in the underground chamber and there are heritage boat tours and river walks every day. The calendar for the week is below. Meanwhile all is well on board Norwegian Cruise Line Epic. We have calm […]

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Director’s Diary: Happy Birthday ICE

The Institution of Civil Engineers is two hundred years old this year and a series of four lectures look at how Civil Engineers have shaped London. The first lecture on Tuesday called How London’s pioneers built our city looks at what current day civil engineers can learn from the past as they strive to ensure London’s continued growth and […]

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Director’s Diary: National Brunel Network

Meeting this week to set up a network of Brunel sites across the country. Bristol opens an exciting new exhibition Being Brunel next month, but of course The Brunel Museum is in London where there is more Brunel and real connections with all three in the Brunel dynasty: Sir Marc Brunel who built the Thames Tunnel, Isambard Kingdom […]

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Director’s Diary: Happy New Year, the Year of the Engineer!

After the holidays the Museum is open again each day from 10-5. High tides and a steady stream of visitors for boat trips and river walks, so the right time for a review. In the closing days of 2017 and on the feast day of St Barbara, patron saint of tunnellers, the Museum was delighted […]

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Telling and writing stories at the playscheme

Week 2/Day 4: Thursday 3rd August The Summer ’17 playscheme is coming to an end. Only one day left.  Today we did some creative writing for our message in bottles and we painted our clay spice pots. Tomorrow is the final Fancy Fair for this year. We are excited to show our friends and family […]

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Director’s Diary: The Brunel Women and the Tunnel

Remember on Mother’s Day the talented Brunel women: Sophia who followed husband Marc into debtor’s prison, their daughter Sophie nicknamed ‘Brunel in Petticoats’ who promised to be a better engineer than Isambard and daughter-in-law Mary who married Isambard, raised a family and kept him on the rails.

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