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.

This week we celebrated the opening of the Thames Tunnel on 25th March 1843, and on our Saturday London Walks ‘Brunel’s London’ we travelled through the Tunnel to the Mayflower pub, home of the Tunnel Club and toasted Sir Marc Brunel as the Fellows of the Royal Society did a hundred and seventy three years ago. 25th March 2016 was Good Friday, and Easter weekend last year we opened to the public with a new doorway and new staircase for the first time. This week we hosted Open day for Totally Thames Festival (big September event) and visits for schools and American colleges. On Tuesday Robert Elms BBC Radio London covered Rotherhithe in Round Your Manor listen here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04vfhmw#play . After Saturday’s Boat Trip we toasted Sir Marc Brunel at the Tunnel Club on the anniversary of the Tunnel’s opening on Saturday 25th March.

Next week we have the usual heritage walks and boat trips, another day in glorious sunshine at the Scandinavian Spring Market and on Friday the wonderful Gallery Singers: details below.

Sunday 26th March
10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks
11.00-18.00 Scandimarket today for all things and tastes Scandinavian

Monday 27th March
10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Tuesday 28th March
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Wednesday 29th March
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
18.15 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Thursday 30th March
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Friday 31st March
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
19.30 Gallery Singers return to the Thames Tunnel Shaft to present an evening of music ‘Spirituals in the Tunnel’.
Saturday 1st April
10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks
13.30 lunch at the Tunnel Club, Mayflower pub upper room