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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: 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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Director’s Diary: Photographer snaps chains

We are working closely with Southwark councillors and Mayflower Compact partners on planning the Mayflower celebrations for 2020. LB Southwark is co-ordinating a first stage HLF application for a range of high profile events in the borough, because as more and more people now understand, the Mayflower sailed from Rotherhithe!

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Director’s Diary: Piers & Races & River Crossings

Last week was busy, despite the hurricane: three school groups met Brunel in person (our costumed actor), five heritage boat trips and three windswept riverside walks and a well attended concert of Renaissance music. I am relieved to say no structural damage at the Museum. On Tuesday I was guest at The Annual Dinner of The […]

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Director’s Diary: Tower Bridge

On Monday the Learning Group of Thames Estuary Partnership met at Tower Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the world – and a Brunel bridge! How satisfying to be there looking through the glass floor of the walkway when the bascules were raised! I tweeted the picture. Original design by Horace Jones, but […]

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Director’s Diary: Think Deep for Half Term

Last week I attended an interesting and very well attended launch of Thinkdeep http://www.tduk.org Their mission: To inform and guide the general public, decision makers, politicians and professionals how the use of urban underground space can create better cities with socio-economic benefits for society. This is important work.

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Director’s Diary: A View from the Bridge. Death. Spice. Life.

Standing on the stainless steel bridge (WhitbyBird) at the mouth of St Saviour’s Dock, I enjoy a spectacular view of Tower Bridge (Wolfe-Barry and Brunel). I am just upstream from the Museum and close to Bermondsey tube station, from where our river walks begin. These are permanent moorings, homes for the affluent, but behind me, […]

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Director’s Diary: Nutmeg for the Big Apple

St Valentine at the Tunnel of Love is Saturday 11th February but most of the tickets have gone. Next Midnight Apothecary is Saturday 18th March for St Patrick’s Day and the anniversary of the Thames Tunnel’s opening. This seems appropriate because there were Irish (and Cornish) miners working for Brunel. Visit our website for details…

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Director’s Diary: The Honourable United East India Company

It is still cold and bright along the river, but Wassail provided hot rum punch and a listing and photograph in Time Out’s page Your Perfect Weekend. Quite right! If you missed out, there are still some tickets left for our Valentine’s event on February 11th when we promise torchsongs for the loved up, the […]

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Director’s Diary: Wassail & Hobbit

Our fifth anarchic Wassail! Anachronistically, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, as Butler of the Feast, presides over this ancient ceremony, but the important thing is: all men, women and trees are properly watered. The Butler is aided and abetted by the Wassail Queen, the Green Man and GREENTRAD the Greenwich Traditional Musicians Co-op. The shout Wassail given […]

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Director’s Diary: Io! Saturnalia. Wassail!

The holiday season is over, but not the celebrations. The Museum is open every day. The tweet about graffiti on the children’s train mural is the most loved tweet ever, and revellers have fixed a large toy donkey in the tree. Love London Awards, run each year by Time Out, declares us runner up 2016 […]

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