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Director’s Diary: Wassail!

Waes hael in Anglo-Saxon is the old Twelfth Night and the first date in the agricultural calendar. Wassail means “be well” or “Good Health”.  Usually there is a dance round apple trees, but we celebrated with two hundred people beneath the False Acacia on the river terrace. The tree does not make cider, but the blossom […]

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Director’s Diary: Happy New Year, the Year of the Engineer!

After the holidays the Museum is open again each day from 10-5. High tides and a steady stream of visitors for boat trips and river walks, so the right time for a review. In the closing days of 2017 and on the feast day of St Barbara, patron saint of tunnellers, the Museum was delighted […]

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Director’s Diary: Sketchy history

Viewed at Bonhams  ‘The most significant collection of drawings relating to Brunel ever to have come on the market’. Full story under press embargo, see Daily Mail:  17th November http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4965616/Plans-Thames-Tunnel-grabs-auction.html 14th November http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5080879/Brunel-s-Capitol-design-sell-London-auction.html 10th October http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4965616/Plans-Thames-Tunnel-grabs-auction.html This week we have school visits, cabaret, film screenings, music & percussion concerts and river walks. On Friday the Scandinavian Christmas […]

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Director’s Diary: Brunel, burlesque & cross dressing

School visits, cabaret, and of course concerts and river walks to the Eighth Wonder of the World! An important auction on Wednesday (more of this later) and on Saturday, lunch at the Tunnel Club and Down the Shaft with Tricity Vogue. Tricity is our very own underground, cross dressing cabaret performer, and with precedent. Below is from the diary […]

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Director’s Diary: Isambard Brunel dans son cabaret

Last week visits from Subterranea Britannica, UCL, primary schools and an Arts Society. And of course concerts and river walks and cocktails.    This week Secret Adventures for underground film & cocktails, and on Saturday the welcome return of Down the Shaft our own underground cabaret.   This week is also the anniversary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s underground cabaret […]

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Director’s Diary: more subterranean concerts

Half term holidays the children’s craft workshops were busy, and also the usual boat trips, river walks, film showing and concert. Midnight Apothecary served cocktails for  Hallowe’en.   Next week we have visits from Subterranea Britannica http://www.subbrit.org.uk , engineering students from UCL, Albion Primary School researching the docks and The Arts Society Kingston. We also have concerts and […]

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Director’s Diary: spooky, spoke-y and ethereal

Congratulations and a cup of tea and cake to Gill who arrived Sunday at the end of a four day, 167 mile ride from Bristol to London. A Sustrans map is available here . Forever associated with Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the city of Bristol is the start of this Great Western Way cycle route, while a museum […]

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Director’s Diary: Environmentally Sand

This week the Grand Entrance Hall has seen crowds for Secret Adventure film, for Tricity Vogue’s very own and eccentric Cabaret and also for a beautiful concert from London Chamber Players.    Next week we have a very eclectic line up: Secret Adventure film, a dance event from Canada with environmental message (for a very […]

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Director’s Diary: the camera always lies

Boat trips, two wonderful recitals and another Secret Adventure in Film this week at the Eighth Wonder of the World.  Next week more films beneath the garden of the Midnight Apothecary, and music,  and the welcome return of our dark but scintillating underground Cabaret Down the Shaft with Tricity Vogue. In the nicest possible way of course. […]

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Director’s Diary: Russian Revolution, American Songbook

This week more film, theatre, politics and film installation in the Grand Entrance Hall and with a fanfare the Totally Thames Festival closes for another year. The Festival goes from strength to strength and The Brunel Museum has hosted a wide variety of shows and installations every evening. Audience numbers are higher than ever before, but all the […]

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