Scheduled Ancient Monument housing a collection of prints, watercolours, statues, peepshows and models that tell the dramatic story of Brunel’s first and last projects: the Thames Tunnel and the Great Eastern. A long battle against flood, death and disaster to triumphal opening and launch.
Lighted panels, original artefacts and a film about the life of Britain’s most famous engineer.
Illuminated display panels on the first floor
Cross section model of the shaft and shield
Support our plans for the shaft
Visitor access to the shaft is currently via a very low doorway reached by stepping over a flood defence wall. Once through the doorway, visitors must use a temporary scaffold walkway to reach the bottom. We plan to improve access to the shaft.