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Director’s Diary: I want to be like you

Two wedding ceremonies this week and an opening and premiere for Abiku’s production of MOWGLI. The Jungle Book comes to Brunel’s Tunnel and the man cub will be here till 11th August. Meanwhile daily heritage boat trips and river walks as usual. Sunday 15th July 10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership […]

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Director’s Diary: Full Steam Ahead AND Tall Ships sailing by

Events every evening this week and five school parties and a visit from volunteers at SS Great Britain who will do a Thames River tour. The Grand Entrance Hall hosted a stark BBC report on geo-politics: view here , but on a happier note our heritage boat trips have enjoyed wonderful views of the Tall Ships Festival http://www.sailroyalgreenwich.co.uk Sailing by […]

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Director’s Diary: Brunel Museum easily Takes the Heat!

On glorious summer evenings, The Brunel Museum rooftop garden is shaded by prolific herbs and architectural plants and fanned with breezes from the river. Cocktail, film and heritage engineering talks have been selling out, and the cool and quiet of the Grand Entrance Hall offers some relief from the heat of a very untypical English summer! A […]

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Director’s Diary: An Award Ceremony

The Brunel Museum is proud to have been awarded the Southwark Cultural Commitment Award at Hilton Bankside London. This week the Grand Entrance Hall offers some cool, calm, quiet moments in what is predicted to be a very hot week in London. Daily visits from school children and the usual heritage boat trips, film screenings […]

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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 […]

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Director’s Diary: The developing story

Robert Howlett took the famous London picture of Brunel and chains on the Isle of Dogs and photographed the engineer’s Royal Albert Bridge in Saltash. In her lecture at the Structural Engineers, Rose Teanby explains just how fearless and agile was the photographer, shinning up hundred foot ladders in middle of the river with all his heavy, bulky […]

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Director’s Diary: ‘Poverty and oysters always seem to go together’

Says Sam Weller in Pickwick Papers. In fact Charles Dickens knew Rotherhithe well. Our Mutual Friend opens in Rotherhithe, with Gaffer Hexam and daughter Lizzie on the river looking for corpses which they hope to drag to the Mortuary for payment. A dangerous, unlovely place. In Oliver Twist: ‘Near to that part of the Thames on which the […]

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Director’s Diary: Song in Miner Key

The Grand Entrance Hall or Shaft echoes with fine tenor voices as miners with hard hats and high vis jackets take their audience further and deeper. Stirring stuff like the Coldstream Guards in 1827 (Brunel’s famous underwater concert party). Above and Below is an operatic piece of great beauty and power from Aitch Productions, in development and returning here […]

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Director’s Diary: Faraday Gas Engine & Brunel Bubbles

Dementia Action Week and Friday we host a history walk and drop in cafe for the Alzheimer Society. The utterly brilliant Professor Michael Faraday, Brunel’s friend and partner on the Gas Engine, suffered from dementia towards the end of his life. ‘My worldly faculties are slipping away day by day’ see blog April 2016  http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk/museums-and-wellbeing/  True the […]

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Director’s Diary: The Hon Sir William McAlpine Bt

In Memoriam Sunday 13th Fawley Hill Museum. Sir William McAlpine was one of the first enthusiastic patrons of The Brunel Museum, always ready to fill the gap. A keen Brunel collector, he was the first to loan objects to the museum, which came from his own very extensive collection. He lobbied other organisations to follow suit, and […]

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