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 things technical than her younger and more famous brother Isambard, but was born at a time when women had no chance for advancement. She is the engineer we never had, lost to prejudice. 
 
Sarah Guppy was a great friend of the Brunel family and patented a number of interesting inventions used by Telford and Brunel. The patents were in her husband’s name, of course, because women could not independently own property, intellectual or bricks & mortar. https://www.historyextra.com/period/was-sarah-guppy-the-real-inventor-of-the-clifton-suspension-bridge/
Emily Warren Roebling built Brooklyn Bridge. She stepped in as the “first woman field engineer” and saw out the completion in 1883.
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At the opening ceremony, Emily was honoured in a speech by Abram Stevens Hewitt who said the bridge was:
…an everlasting monument to the sacrificing devotion of a woman and of her capacity for that higher education from which she has been too long disbarred.
Today the Brooklyn Bridge is marked with a plaque dedicated to the memory of Emily, her husband Washington Roebling, and her father-in-law John A. Roebling.
Brooklyn Bridge, iconic New York, was built by a woman.
This week daily visits from school children and the usual heritage boat trips, film screenings and cocktail events as below:
Sunday 17th June
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube with German Engineering students, offered in partnership with London Walks

Monday 18th June

  9.00 Coleridge Primary School Thames Foreshore Archaeology with Thames Explorer Trust
10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
17.45 Rotherhithe Biennale: Private View Brunel Museum Cafe

Tuesday 19th June

  9.00 Coleridge Primary School Thames Foreshore Archaeology with Thames Explorer Trust
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
19.00 Leaders’ Quest Social enterprise training programme
Wednesday 20th June
  9.00 Coleridge Primary School Thames Foreshore Archaeology with Thames Explorer Trust
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
18.30 International Project Finance Association dinner, South Place Hotel: Robert to speak
18.15 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube with American Engineering students

Thursday 21st June

  9.00 Coleridge Primary School Thames Foreshore Archaeology with Thames Explorer Trust
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks 
18.00 Secret Adventures in Film, Grand Entrance Hall with cocktails in roof garden
18.15 Private Tour for Club Quarters Hotels
19.00 Southwark Business Excellence Awards: Brunel Museum shortlisted

Friday 22nd June
  9.00 Home Education Hub: Thames Foreshore Archaeology with Thames Explorer Trust
  9.45 Bowhill Primary School meetBrunel in Person
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
17.00 Midnight Apothecary
18.00 Engineering Late at Institution Civil Engineers: Robert to present the Thames Tunnel

Saturday 23rd June

International Women in Engineering Day

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
17.00 Midnight Apothecary