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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: The Writing on the Wall

Between Christmas and New Year, the Museum has opened each day for the advertised public walks, which have been well supported and have made sales and friends. Only one meeting, and with the police about graffiti on the mural along Railway Avenue. Coarse thick tags over the children’s delicate, whimsical drawings of a train that […]

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Director’s Diary: Three Wise Men – are you serious??

A museum dedicated to the work of three men needs to keep a sense of proportion and a sense of humour. A dynasty of engineers: Sir Marc Brunel, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Henry Marc Brunel, but remember IKB had a big sister Sophie. As a child, Sophie showed great promise in engineering, but such careers were […]

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Director’s Diary: How to Keep Warm

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, and we are busy preparing for the Singalonga next Saturday. This is a wonderful, festive event. If you missed out on tickets, go online and book for Wassail in January, when we will dance with the Wassail Queen and the Green Man, sing the Wassail Carol and […]

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Christmas Shopping at The Brunel Museum

Brunel’s Thames Tunnel opened in 1843 as the first ever underwater shopping arcade. The parade of sixty shops is still just visible from the Overground train, despite the reflection in the glass. Shops once sold souvenirs in what the Victorians called the Eighth Wonder of the World. The shops are empty now, but the Museum […]

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Director’s Diary: Mayflower, St Barbara and a book launch

Happy Saint Barbara’s Day! St Barbara is the patron saint of tunnellers, miners and artillerymen. There was lightning at her martyrdom, which is why she is invoked by those working with explosives. Tunnelling projects always establish a small shrine to Santa Barbara at the start or junction into long tunnel headings, and Santa Barbara is […]

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Director’s Diary: hot coals and pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving approaches. In 1620 the Pilgrims sailed from Rotherhithe which has always been a hotbed of free thinking and religious non conformity. The Finnish Church here still has hot coals ready for some visitors – in the sauna.

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Director’s Diary: A Royal Opening

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex told an audience of over 120 that Brunel’s Grand Entrance Hall was now officially open – or as he pointed out – ‘re-opened after 150 years’. At the re-opening ceremony, Théatre Lapis performed an excerpt from their play The Red Candle: Mermaids in the East and the Midnight Apothecary served […]

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Director’s Diary: Tower Bridge and schadenflotte

This week we are busy with Théatre Lapis and their preparations for an opening production in the Grand Entrance Hall: Mermaids in the East. They will also perform an excerpt at our Royal Opening, and we hope to see you there. I will write about this next week.

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