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Director’s Diary: Concerted efforts


This week the Fourth Choir concert sold out for Tudor music in the suitably vaulted Grand Entrance Hall. Children from Bowhill Primary enjoyed meeting Brunel in Person and the heritage boat trips were well subscribed. Midnight Apothecary was very busy or sold out. Sunday at the Open Garden Squares Weekend had not the benefit of cocktails, but an excellent […]

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Director’s Diary: Kingdom for a bicycle

The exceptional weather has had a benign effect on Museum activities and visitor numbers this week. As part of London Festival of Architecture, we hosted a debate on Re-usable Buildings and our architect Jerry Tate spoke eloquently about Brunel’s Grand Entrance Hall and other projects. On Thursday Chairman of Trustees Bryn Bird gave a talk about Marc […]

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Director’s Diary: architecture, theatre and plants

We remember, with great sadness, the innocent people attacked on London Bridge last weekend. Like most organisations and local establishments we decided the best answer to this senseless violence was to carry on as best we could. The Museum bustled with activity whilst a team of designers produced a magical garden and high tech dance floor […]

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Director’s Diary: Virtuous persistence

Brunel saw a need and a virtue in persistence. The river has re-opened after the terrible events of Saturday night and our Sunday Heritage Boat tour takes place as usual, courtesy of Thames Clipper who are operating a good service. The Brunel Museum is open today and everyday…

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Director’s Diary – Geared up for half term

Visits from Redriff, Albion and Westminster Upper School, three groups from University of the Third Age and from City & Village. For engineering students from Atlanta, Georgia we provided bridges, tunnels and ships on our boat trip and for railway enthusiasts we an interview for (available online next week). This is a documentary film about  ALL the national railway […]

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Director’s Diary: America – a loose connection

I am sorry this blog is late. My flight to Tampa, Florida was not without incident, but I am safely on board Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship Jade with two thousand passengers. The ship seems huge and many decked, but Brunel’s last ship the Great Eastern had twice the capacity. Perhaps less luxurious… 

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Director’s Diary: Billy Biscuit and ‘Floating Capital’

This week we hosted two successful visits from City & Village, in partnership with Museum of London Docklands and as part of the Crossrail exhibition Archaeology of the Tunnel . On 9th May the same exhibition stages a special event details here  Midnight Apothecary’s Saturday cabaret with Tricity Vogue sold out and was a great […]

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