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Director’s Diary: All Greek to me

Equinox and we celebrate light and shade in the Grand Entrance Hall. Sunday the underground chamber is Plato’s CAVE, and with chamber orchestra, choir and flickering uplights on the wall, we have the perfect location to explore Plato’s famous allegory. Monday’s private view is an exhibition of collage inspired by the emerging shapes created as […]

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Director’s Diary: Happy Birthday ICE

The Institution of Civil Engineers is two hundred years old this year and a series of four lectures look at how Civil Engineers have shaped London. The first lecture on Tuesday called How London’s pioneers built our city looks at what current day civil engineers can learn from the past as they strive to ensure London’s continued growth and […]

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Director’s Diary: Tunnels and PR Disasters

I hope like me you enjoyed The Guardian article on the Thames Tunnel Archive, the beautiful drawings recently bought at auction. The online version Thames Tunnel archive comes home to Brunel Museum is here, where you will also find a link to the Royal opening of the Grand Entrance Hall last year. In the printed version go […]

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Director’s Diary: Brunel Bling!

This week the Grand Entrance Hall hosts a Fashion Show Alternative Jewellery, a music concert and the usual boat trips and river walks. Calendar for the week below:  Sunday 18th Feb 10.40 heritage boat trip from Embankment tube offered in partnership with London Walks 10.40 riverside walk from Bermondsey tube offered in partnership with London Walks […]

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Director’s Diary: National Brunel Network

Meeting this week to set up a network of Brunel sites across the country. Bristol opens an exciting new exhibition Being Brunel next month, but of course The Brunel Museum is in London where there is more Brunel and real connections with all three in the Brunel dynasty: Sir Marc Brunel who built the Thames Tunnel, Isambard Kingdom […]

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Director’s Diary: SHE FLOATS! IT SINKS!

She Floats! A hundred and sixty years ago the successful (but much delayed) launch of SS Great Eastern on 1st February. Author Rose Teanby has delighted us with photographs of the launch and the weeks leading up to it, and these can be seen on our twitter feed. She Sinks! On Wednesday 31st a free talk on Marc […]

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Director’s Diary: Leviathan & Explorers on the Thames

I hope you have been enjoying the SS Great Eastern photographs retweeted from @RoseTeanby website. Rose provided many of the pictures for our Great Eastern book. She has been posting each day, building to the climax launch of the ship 160 years ago on 31st January.   This week we have the usual boat trips and […]

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Director’s Diary: Wassail!

Waes hael in Anglo-Saxon is the old Twelfth Night and the first date in the agricultural calendar. Wassail means “be well” or “Good Health”.  Usually there is a dance round apple trees, but we celebrated with two hundred people beneath the False Acacia on the river terrace. The tree does not make cider, but the blossom […]

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Director’s Diary: Happy New Year, the Year of the Engineer!

After the holidays the Museum is open again each day from 10-5. High tides and a steady stream of visitors for boat trips and river walks, so the right time for a review. In the closing days of 2017 and on the feast day of St Barbara, patron saint of tunnellers, the Museum was delighted […]

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