Christmas festivities, opening schedule and date for Wassailling

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Seasons greetings from the Brunel Museum! I hope you are enjoying rude health and festive cheer – those of you with the foresight to book early for the sell out Midnight Apothecary Christmas Carol special certainly will be on the 19th December.

No tickets? Fear not with have other Festive events to warm the heart and feed the soul in the Winter months there are a few tickets remaining to Tom Hunt’s Forgotten Feast of Seven Fishes (and Vegetables!) this Saturday 12th December. Peruse the menu and snap up the last of the remaining tickets here sharpish.

Things are progressing well onsite with our new development plans for improved access to the Thames Tunnel Shaft see links below for more info. A reminder: the Museum will remain open during the building works and we will still show visitors the amazing underground chamber. Too busy with Christmas parties and rum-punch in December to pop over and see us, then get the 16th January in the diary for the Midnight Apothecary Wassail special. It is very important to dance around fruit trees and pour cider at their roots: this encourages them to produce fruit in the year ahead. Since the earliest times we have sung the Wassail Carol, and you will be led by the Wassail Queen, the Green Man and the Butler of the Feast. Warming cocktails and hearty fare as usual of course…

The Museum closes for the holidays 5pm Wednesday 23rd December and re-opens Saturday 2nd January. However all the riverside walks from Bermondsey tube station will go ahead, and especially 10.45 Sunday 27th December – a perfect way to walk off some pudding and indulgence. Or take the Heritage Boat trip 10.45 Tuesday 29th December (other boat services suspended, resume 2nd January). In the New Year there are boat trips or riverside walks every day of the week.

Remember to keep an eye on the blog and let us know if you are planning on visiting the museum on twitter with the #BrunelMuseum hashtag or drop us a line on Facebook.


Robert Hulse 
Museum Director

News from the blog…

Breaking the chain!
A downward path has been excavated, and I tweet a picture. The modern concrete render (who put that there?) projects out at the corner of each facet, and below we can now see the round of the brickwork of Brunel’s sinking tower. A neighbour passes by and shouts ‘She’s lifted up her skirts!’ I smile sheepishly, because of course there were all kinds of disreputable activities in the Tunnel in Brunel’s day read more…

Eating drinking and digging…
This week our builders carefully took down the children’s bas relief sculpture from Brunel’s caisson. This is where the new doorway will go, and though I know everything will go back again in the New Year, the garden wall looks empty and forlorn! read more…

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