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This is London’s story of an engineering family that changed the World. Brunel organised the world’s first underground concert party here in 1827, and the Museum celebrates and interprets music and theatre as well as engineering. The Museum is an educational charity.

  • Thames Tunnel Archive: A priceless acquisition

    In November last year the Brunel Museum was delighted to announce the acquisition of a priceless set of drawings, thanks to generous support from National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Art Fund, Friends of National Libraries, V&A Purchase Grant Fund and Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust. Many of the drawings executed by Brunel himself are exceptional for their beauty and artistic merit, for their technical detail and for the insight they give into the development of his career and his design.

    ‘The most significant collection of drawings relating to Brunel ever to come on the market’

    These beautiful watercolours are being conserved at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) before coming to the Brunel Museum where they will be on permanent display.

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  • Midnight Apothecary Down the Shaft Film Club: Silent Cinema Season

    Thursday 2nd & 16th May 2019

    For our Silent Cinema season we are proud to present Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Easy Street’ and Laurel & Hardy’s ‘Big Business’ and ‘Liberty’, accompanied on grand piano by the virtuoso talents of the UK’s leading silent film piano accompanists Meg Morley (2 May) and Neil Brand (16 May) in the Victorian underground Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel at the Brunel Museum.

    This is one of London’s secret and most unusual underground venues to enjoy classic silent cinema- directly below our hidden candlelit garden where you will be able to toast marshmallows around the firepit and sample a hot toddy, delicious street food or one of our award-winning botanical cocktails made from ingredients grown in the garden or foraged close by.

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  • Happy 250th Birthday Sir Marc Brunel!

    Marc Brunel, the father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the most innovative engineers of his day. He was born on April 25th 1769 Hacqueville, France. He joined the French Navy but had to flee France because of his outspoken royalist views. He emigrated to America where he became Chief Engineer of the port of New York, and later settled in England to found a dynasty. We are celebrating!

    Wednesday 24th April 8pm Grand Entrance Hall.  Sir Marc Brunel 250th Anniversary Lecture. Rotherhithe & Bermondsey History Group

    Saturday 27th April 4pm Acton Depot Open Weekend. Marc Brunel and The Thames Tunnel, Eighth Wonder of the World. London Transport Museum Open Day

    Saturday 27th April 6pm Roof top Garden. A Toast to Marc Brunel. Midnight Apothecary  Spring Party

    16th May 6pm Institution Civil Engineers. Marc Brunel’s Original Watercolours. British Tunnelling Society

    Rotherhithe rejoices in some obvious connections with the New World, such as the Mayflower pub and the statue of Christopher Jones. But in the Rotherhithe Station, by the entrance to the tunnel, is another commemorative plaque. Erected by the American Civil Engineers and the British Institution of Civil Engineers, it celebrates Brunel’s tunnel as one of the most important civil engineering sites in the world.

    It is strange to think that this famous American/Frenchman/Englishman ended his journey where some of the first American settlers began theirs. In Rotherhithe Marc Brunel consolidated his career and reputation, founded his family’s success and was knighted by Queen Victoria.

    Londoners are not sure whether to thank America or France for the great gift of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel.

  • Underground Theatre and Concert Hall

    Our programme ranges from school visits, heritage walks, boat trips, art installations and talks above ground, to theatre, concerts, cabaret and cocktails underground. All taking place along – and beneath! – the river.

    Visit our WHATS ON pages for details and email if you would like to hold an event here…

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