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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 http://allthestations.co.uk (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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Director’s Diary: Happy Anniversaries!

Three successful openings this week: Oxalis an exhibition of watercolours and oil paintings by Pam Miller in the Cafe Gallery Colours of Eden with Baroque Blues and Jazz standards in the Grand Entrance Hall Crocus and snowdrops round the memorial to Prince Lee Boo in the local churchyard… This week, two visitors on our Brunel’s […]

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