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. The photograph has always been seen as the engineer triumphant, but Rose gives us the engineer in adversity. Brunel is ‘hung in chains’, struggling and putting on a brave and memorable face.

Next week we hold our 15th Annual Summer Playscheme for local children who will learn about the spice trade and make herb planters for the garden. We hold a drop in session for local people to discuss future plans for the Museum, improving visitor facilities and displays. Also this week Doggett’s Coat & Badge Race: oldest sporting event in the world. Friday is IET Engineering Open House Day with tours, talks and performance at the Museum just a small part of many events nationwide. On Saturday a rare chance to hear King Harald’s Saga  the shortest opera in the world and story of a disastrous invasion: “Whereas my brother the blessed and holy man Olaf said: Love thine enemies, I say: sever their limbs until they cause no trouble.”  Performed by one virtuoso soprano, severely cut and finished & parcelled up in just fifteen minutes. Take your cocktail down with you! Details below:

Sunday 23rd July

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks

18.00 Cocktails in the rooftop garden and Wing-It Choir sing especially from Georgia

Monday 24th July

09.00-15.00 Summer Playscheme. Arts, Crafts & Drama for Local Children and stories about spices, pirates, trade and the East India Company. Funded by North Southwark Environment Trust, Team London Bridge and Rotherhithe Community Council

10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Tuesday 25th July

09.00-15.00 Summer Playscheme. Arts, Crafts & Drama for Local Children and stories about spices, pirates, trade and the East India Company. Funded by North Southwark Environment Trust, Team London Bridge and Rotherhithe Community Council

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks

10.45 Doggett’s Coat & Badge Race: the oldest sporting event in the world.

11.15 City & Village tour for Archaeologists15.00 Drop-In for neighbours: where to the Brunel Museum?

Wednesday 26th July

09.00-15.00 Summer Playscheme. Arts, Crafts & Drama for Local Children and stories about spices, pirates, trade and the East India Company. Funded by North Southwark Environment Trust, Team London Bridge and Rotherhithe Community Council

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks

11.15 City & Village tour for Archaeologists12.00 Hackney U3A visit

16.00 Totally Thames Festival: meeting for partners

18.15 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks

Thursday 27th July

09.00-15.00 Summer Playscheme. Arts, Crafts & Drama for Local Children and stories about spices, pirates, trade and the East India Company. Funded by North Southwark Environment Trust, Team London Bridge and Rotherhithe Community Council

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks

11.30 City & Village tour for Archaeologists

Friday 28th July

09.00-15.00 Summer Playscheme. Arts, Crafts & Drama for Local Children and stories about spices, pirates, trade and the East India Company. Funded by North Southwark Environment Trust, Team London Bridge and Rotherhithe Community Council

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks

11.00 Engineering Open House Day

11.30 City & Village tour for Archaeologists17.30 Cocktails with Midnight Apothecary

Saturday 29th July

10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks

13.30 lunch at the Tunnel Club, Mayflower pub upper room

17.30 Cocktails with Midnight Apothecary

20.00 King Harald’s Saga: a virtuoso soprano performance in just fifteen minutes