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Director’s Diary: Illuminate Rotherhithe! and Illuminate Rotherhithe

In 2020 the Mayflower sailed from Rotherhithe on an historic voyage. For some on board it was a mission, a mission to illuminate, the word often used by their preacher and teacher William Bradford,  first Governor of Massachusetts. Later Joseph Conrad famously wrote about the lights springing up along the shore. And today, illuminate is also the […]

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Director’s Diary: Sophia Brunel does the engineering

With the onset of warmer weather the effect of the gas in the tunnel began to be felt more acutely. There is a greater number of disabled men than at any time before. During the night the gas burned fiercely and with a roaring like distant thunder. Heywood died of typhus and Page is evidently sinking very […]

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Director’s Diary: The most rhymed about, danced about, sung about and painted about construction site in the world

The amazing Totally Thames Festival has ended for another year, and so have summer evenings in the roof top garden with Midnight Apothecary. But the entertainment continues: this week A Piano in the Amazon, Choral Favourites from Collegium Musicum, and in the chilly weather cocktails and Cabaret Down the Shaft with Tricity Vogue. Abigail Collins dances Swan Lake […]

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Director’s Diary: Mendelssohn, Bizet and Brunel Drawings

Sunday is the last day of Open House Weekend but there is more music, art and entertainment to follow. Great Engineering Day Friday 28th London Metropolitan Archives is a chance to view the beautiful Brunel watercolours. Music and celebration: Baltic Arts present The Seasons by Peteris Vasks. The Latvian Embassy give a reception partly because Marc Brunel planned a tunnel […]

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Director’s Diary: Open House Weekend

This weekend as part of Totally Thames Festival, Iyatra Quartet perform music about the Thames and trade. Next weekend Open House Weekend our busiest days of the year! We expect over a thousand people to view the Grand Entrance Hall, take guided train tours on London Overground. Also announcing Great Engineering Day 28th September at London […]

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Director’s Diary: Spa Songs and other stories

As London and schools return from their holidays, we welcome groups from The Royal Academy and University College London, and we meet Thames Tideway Tunnel to plan more school visits. We are delighted to welcome Friends of the Art Fund who so generously helped us acquire the beautiful Brunel watercolours. We welcome the European Fire Service […]

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Director’s Diary: Shakespeare on a Bike, Marathon on a River

We are part of Totally Thames Festival http://totallythames.org a busy programme of theatre, concerts, art installations, walks and talks at locations all over London – and of course cocktails! The Festival celebrates the River Thames, where the Brunels built a famous tunnel, launched a famous ship and built a famous bridge. We begin with Handlebards the company touring Shakespeare […]

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Director’s Diary: Brunel and the Zombies

The end of August and the start of the Thames Festival. We have taken part since the beginning in 2002 when this was the biggest torchlit street parade in Europe – follow this link for Michael Jackson’s Thriller with the Giant Brunel, the Zombie Bride and the Cheerleaders: a partnership with the museum and the local […]

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Director’s Diary: re-engineering Brunel

Sunday 19th Aug 10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks 10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube, offered in partnership with London Walks Monday 20th Aug 10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks 10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks […]

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Director’s Diary: Lurking Creatures

Icelandic theatre presents Internal Human with dance, nightmare and lurking creatures in the Grand Entrance Hall. Heritage boat tours each day and river walks. See calendar below: Sunday 12th Aug 10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks 10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube, offered in partnership with London Walks Monday 13th […]

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