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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: 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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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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