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Director’s Diary: ‘Poverty and oysters always seem to go together’

Says Sam Weller in Pickwick Papers. In fact Charles Dickens knew Rotherhithe well. Our Mutual Friend opens in Rotherhithe, with Gaffer Hexam and daughter Lizzie on the river looking for corpses which they hope to drag to the Mortuary for payment. A dangerous, unlovely place. In Oliver Twist: ‘Near to that part of the Thames on which the […]

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Director’s Diary: Song in Miner Key

The Grand Entrance Hall or Shaft echoes with fine tenor voices as miners with hard hats and high vis jackets take their audience further and deeper. Stirring stuff like the Coldstream Guards in 1827 (Brunel’s famous underwater concert party). Above and Below is an operatic piece of great beauty and power from Aitch Productions, in development and returning here […]

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Director’s Diary: Faraday Gas Engine & Brunel Bubbles

Dementia Action Week and Friday we host a history walk and drop in cafe for the Alzheimer Society. The utterly brilliant Professor Michael Faraday, Brunel’s friend and partner on the Gas Engine, suffered from dementia towards the end of his life. ‘My worldly faculties are slipping away day by day’ see blog April 2016  http://www.brunel-museum.org.uk/museums-and-wellbeing/  True the […]

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Director’s Diary: The Hon Sir William McAlpine Bt

In Memoriam Sunday 13th Fawley Hill Museum. Sir William McAlpine was one of the first enthusiastic patrons of The Brunel Museum, always ready to fill the gap. A keen Brunel collector, he was the first to loan objects to the museum, which came from his own very extensive collection. He lobbied other organisations to follow suit, and […]

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Director’s Diary: A View of the Bridge

We are now offering heritage boat trips every day of the week, and our popular riverside walk from Bermondsey tube three times a week. This is the finest view of Henry Marc Brunel’s Tower Bridge… Sunday 6th May 10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks 10.40 riverside walk from […]

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Director’s Diary: Atlantic Bridges by Roebling & Brunel

On board Norwegian Cruise Line Epic we arrive in Cadiz: splendid views across the bay of El puente de la Constitución de 1812 or Puente de La Pepa, the new cable stay bridge. This is the work of the controversial Santiago Calatrava and a type of suspension bridge.  My last talk ATLANTIC BRIDGES is about suspension bridges built by two brilliant engineering dynasties: Roebling […]

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Director’s Diary: Floating City and Honeycomb Rock

This week heritage boat tours and river walks every day, Chamber Music on Wednesday, Secret Adventures in Cinema on Thursday and Midnight Apothecary on Saturday. The calendar for the week is below. On board Norwegian Cruise Line Epic, nothing but sea in every direction for five days: no ships, no boats, no land. When Jules Verne crossed the Atlantic on […]

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Director’s diary: Easter Activities and Journey to America

This holiday week there are children’s activities and craft workshops each day. On Thursday Secret Adventures offer Cinema and cocktails in the underground chamber and there are heritage boat tours and river walks every day. The calendar for the week is below. Meanwhile all is well on board Norwegian Cruise Line Epic. We have calm […]

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Director’s Diary: Southwark Saves a Colony

This week there are children’s activities and craft workshops each day of the week: see website for details. On Thursday Secret Adventures Cinema with a heady mix of art movie and cocktails in the underground chamber, and on Friday Modulus Quartet return with their own brand of music and light installation. The calendar for the week is below, and as […]

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Director’s Diary: A Nineteenth Century Blockbuster

25th March 1843   On this day a hundred and seventy five years ago,  the Thames Tunnel admitted its first penny-paying pedestrian. A block buster event, but do also take a look at the new museum Being Brunel in Bristol and the new exhibition on Tunnels at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden. Marc Brunel had objected to the Thames […]

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