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.

Director’s Diary: Virtuous persistence

Brunel saw a need and a virtue in persistence. The river has re-opened after the terrible events of Saturday night and our Sunday Heritage Boat tour takes place as usual, courtesy of Thames Clipper who are operating a good service. The Brunel Museum is open today and everyday…

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Director’s Diary – Geared up for half term

Visits from Redriff, Albion and Westminster Upper School, three groups from University of the Third Age and from City & Village. For engineering students from Atlanta, Georgia we provided bridges, tunnels and ships on our boat trip and for railway enthusiasts we an interview for (available online next week). This is a documentary film about  ALL the national railway […]

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Director’s Diary: America – a loose connection

I am sorry this blog is late. My flight to Tampa, Florida was not without incident, but I am safely on board Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship Jade with two thousand passengers. The ship seems huge and many decked, but Brunel’s last ship the Great Eastern had twice the capacity. Perhaps less luxurious… 

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Director’s Diary: Billy Biscuit and ‘Floating Capital’

This week we hosted two successful visits from City & Village, in partnership with Museum of London Docklands and as part of the Crossrail exhibition Archaeology of the Tunnel . On 9th May the same exhibition stages a special event details here  Midnight Apothecary’s Saturday cabaret with Tricity Vogue sold out and was a great […]

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Director’s Diary: The Brunel Women and the Tunnel

Remember on Mother’s Day the talented Brunel women: Sophia who followed husband Marc into debtor’s prison, their daughter Sophie nicknamed ‘Brunel in Petticoats’ who promised to be a better engineer than Isambard and daughter-in-law Mary who married Isambard, raised a family and kept him on the rails.

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Director’s Diary: Pedal hard and don’t wobble

This week we hosted a successful CD launch, school visits and meetings about a major building project to improve our visitor facilities and displays. A new 150 seat theatre means we need to upgrade, and we are preparing various applications for approval. This can be an exacting business, and I sometimes wonder how Brunel got […]

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