Director’s Diary: SHE FLOATS! IT SINKS!

She Floats! A hundred and sixty years ago the successful (but much delayed) launch of SS Great Eastern on 1st February. Author Rose Teanby has delighted us with photographs of the launch and the weeks leading up to it, and these can be seen on our twitter feed.

She Sinks! On Wednesday 31st a free talk on Marc Brunel and the Making of London at London Metropolitan Archives, when images of the Incredible Sinking Shaft (from our Thames Tunnel Archive) will be on public view for the first time! Sold out, but perhaps there will standby tickets? If not book your tickets now for ‘Down Below’ 3rd March.

Lots of online activity for 2018 Year of the Engineer, but just a reminder that 2019 is the 250th anniversary of Marc Brunel’s birth. Less famous than his son, but Marc is sometimes described as the Greater Genius. Sir Marc Brunel not only gave us the tube system, he gave the admiralty the world’s first automated production system (producing pulley blocks for the navy) and again for the army (mass produced boots of great quality). How do we lobby for postage stamps and commemorative coins? His time has surely come…

This week we have the usual boat trips and river walks. Calendar for the week below:

Sunday 28th Jan

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 29th Jan

10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Tuesday 30th Jan

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Wednesday 31st Jan

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks

14.00 Talk at London Metropolitan Archives Marc Isambard Brunel & the Making of London

18.15 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Thursday 1st Feb

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Friday 2nd Feb

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Saturday 3rd Feb

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks