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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 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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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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Oxalis by Pam Miller, exhibition in the cafe gallery

The exhibition of water colours and oil paintings by Pam Miller will be at the Brunel Museum cafe gallery until March every day 10am – 5pm Artist Statement: “Nature and natural forms have always inspired me, and my reconnection with my own creativity began with walks along the shore of the river Thames around 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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