Stay in the loop and go behind the scenes at the museum, with blogs from our director, learning manager and volunteers, there is never a dull moment.

Brunel the Gardener, Famous Engineer, Farmer’s Son 

Brunel’s Grand Entrance Hall stands in landscaped gardens, stocked with shrubs and trees chosen by Brunel for his chateau in Devon. Because Brunel was a farmer’s son, the poppies are growing amongst runner beans, strawberries, cornflower and asparagus. The wisteria mingles with grape vines in a potager garden. Just a few hundred yards away, the […]

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The Brunel Fight: Premiere Eighth Wonder of the World at the Brunel Museum

Brunel is famous, so a full house on the first night probably knows his story. Many think of Brunel as a Bristol man, so a visit to Rotherhithe intrigues them. But stoop through the doorway to enter a huge underground chamber with theatre audience happily chatting and union jack bunting and everyone is surprised! I like […]

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The end of the tour

I have given my last talk of the Brunel Lecture Tour to a full house in Boston for a partnership event organised by the English Speaking Union and the Boston Victorian Society. The tour has taken me from Washington to New York and way up the mighty Hudson River to Syracuse, just short of Niagara Falls. […]

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Brunel’s America

As is well known, an intrepid group of pilgrims left Rotherhithe for the New World in 1620. Since then Americans have been returning to England, in growing numbers, to see for themselves where the adventure first began, and where their family roots lie. Some returning Americans have unusual histories. One of the first Americans to […]

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American Lecture Tour 2015

ESU Tour 2015: Itinerary   Tuesday, April 7 Washington 7:00pm Lecture at Lehman Hall in the Science and Engineering Hall, George Washington University Hosted by Washington, DC Branch Wednesday, April 8 5:30pm Reception followed by lecture at The Philadelphia Club Hosted by Philadelphia Branch Thursday, April 9 7:00pm Lecture at Shippensburg University Hosted by Central […]

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All Our Stories

“A Tranquil Waterway leading to the Uttermost Ends of the Earth” The title is from ‘Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad, and Rotherhithe was once a sailor’s town where adventures began. Today Brunel’s Thames Tunnel is used by London Overground, but was built for the East India Company. People from all over the world helped […]

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