Visitor access to the shaft is currently via a very low doorway reached by stepping over a flood defense wall. Once through the doorway, visitors must use a temporary scaffold walkway to reach the bottom. We plan to improve access to the shaft.
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Brunel Lecture Tour
Museum Director Robert Hulse is in America giving a Brunel Lecture Tour organised by the English Speaking Union. Click here for the full itinerary.
How grateful should today's travellers be to Isambard Kingdom Brunel? Well, during a career cut short by his death, aged 53, in 1859, this engineering genius became the father of urban mass transit systems, inter-city rail transport and intercontinental passenger shipping. He even found time to design the odd boutique hotel ... so, quite a lot. "