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Making things, Birthdays and the BFG!

Week 1/Day 3: Wednesday 26th July Today was one of the playscheme leader’s birthday – Happy Birthday Lucy! So we made cards and set up a little party for her, playing musical statues and other party games. We got to wear party hats and surprise her. We also made loom band bracelets inspired by the […]

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Drawing and playing together: Summer playscheme ’17

Week 1/Day 2: Tuesday 25th July Today we started by making paper plate faces using the different art materials. We then took our sketch books up to the river and drew the different London landmarks that we could see: including the Shard and Tower Bridge. We had a special guest today, Pepe, who did games […]

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Director’s Diary: Love thine enemies, or sever their limbs?

This week the Museum hosted its first Georgian love song and first wedding ceremony. Heritage boat tours and archaeology groups visited and Rose Teanby gave a excellent and moving talk about the famous Brunel photograph, taken in 1858 by Robert Howlett on the ramps of the Great Eastern.  Our boat tours visit the site each day. […]

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Getting to know you: Summer playscheme ’17

Hello everyone and welcome to the Brunel Museum Summer Playscheme. Week 1/Day 1: Mon 24th July, 2017 Today was very much about getting to know one another and being introduced to the theme of the week: spices. We all got the chance to smell different household spices and learn some facts about each of them, […]

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Director’s Diary: Not Drowning but Gardening

This week Secret Film Adventures sold out with a picnic in Brunel Gardens, and below the Gardens three short films about swimming and surviving. All this in the most appropriate of places, where Brunel nearly drowned. The gardens are looking really beautiful at the moment, and we do have the biggest blue picnic table (seats twenty […]

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Director’s Diary: Howlett’s birthday Pin Up

Happy 186th Birthday Robert Howlett, photographer extraordinaire, born this day! This is the man who snapped IK Brunel on the Isle of Dogs in 1857 and so created the image that fuelled the myth that made the Man of Iron. A week of religious fervour at The Brunel Museum. The Fourth Choir concert sold out again, […]

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Director’s Diary: Concerted efforts

This week the Fourth Choir concert sold out for Tudor music in the suitably vaulted Grand Entrance Hall. Children from Bowhill Primary enjoyed meeting Brunel in Person and the heritage boat trips were well subscribed. Midnight Apothecary was very busy or sold out. Sunday at the Open Garden Squares Weekend had not the benefit of cocktails, but an excellent […]

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Director’s Diary: My Kingdom for a bicycle

Good weather for cycling and building! As part of the London Festival, we hosted a debate on Re-usable Buildings and architect Jerry Tate spoke eloquently about Brunel’s Grand Entrance Hall and other projects. On Thursday Chairman of Trustees Bryn Bird gave a talk about Marc Brunel: the Greater Genius? 

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Director’s Diary: architecture, theatre and plants

We remember, with great sadness, the innocent people attacked on London Bridge last weekend. Like most organisations and local establishments we decided the best answer to this senseless violence was to carry on as best we could.

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