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Director’s Diary: Sweet Thames and The Great Stink

Last week of the summer playscheme, and on Friday we have family workshops as part of Engineering Open House Day. Four hundred years ago Edmund Spenser wrote a famous marriage song, but two hundred and forty years later a very different London endured The Great Stink. Edmund Spenser wrote about the Thames in Richmond: Sweet Thames […]

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Director’s Diary: International Women in Engineering Day

This Saturday is International Women in Engineering Day. We remember many talented women engineers, and here at The Brunel Museum we remember Sophie Hawes (née Brunel), Sarah Guppy and Emily Warren Roebling see my blog 22nd April http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk/directors-diary-16/     Sophie Hawes was nicknamed ‘Brunel in Petticoats’ by Lord Armstrong. As a child she showed greater promise in […]

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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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