Brunel Museum

Brunel Museum Located in historic Rotherhithe the Brunel Museum is on the site of the Thames Tunnel, the first tunnel under a navigable river anywhere in the world, and the only project which both famous Brunels (father Marc and son Isambard) worked on together.
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Today we want to say a big Thank You to #NationalLottery players for the part they do in keeping the museum going. The H...
27/05/2020

Today we want to say a big Thank You to #NationalLottery players for the part they do in keeping the museum going. The Heritage Emergency Fund is helping us to make necessary changes so that we can continue to provide useful and interesting resources for everyone. @TheNationalLotteryUK @HeritageFundUK

We will be using some of the funds to re-vamp our website, including improving our online resources for schools and home learning.

We also have several competitions planned, so watch this space!

Here are pictures of some of the half-term activities we ran in February, Bridge Building with paper and Watercolour Painting inspired by Marc Brunel.

What activities would you like to see from us in the future?

https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/thank-you-to-nationallottery-players/

Local Treasures: Free SchoolThere are many other amazing places near the museum that you may like to walk past if you li...
19/05/2020

Local Treasures: Free School

There are many other amazing places near the museum that you may like to walk past if you live locally – why don’t you tell us about your favourite? (We might even do a feature on it if you do!)

Perhaps you have walked past this building and wondered about it? Well, wonder no more!

Founded in 1613 by Peter Hills and Robert Bell, it is thought to be the first elementary school in London. The school was opened originally to be for eight sons of Mariners from the parish.

If you would like to read more about this school and access recommended STEM resources please visit our latest news article on the Brunel Museum website: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/local-treasures-free-school/ (The website also has information regarding intended improvements to the museum, and ways that you can support us during the COVID-19 crisis.)

We are always interested in your views on the museum and what you would like to see from us, especially at this time. Please contact us via social media, or email [email protected]

Thank you to the Thames Discovery Programme !
13/05/2020

Thank you to the Thames Discovery Programme !

For #MuseumsUnlocked today, we're celebrating smaller London museums. Our pick of the day is the Brunel Museum, close to the riverfront in Rotherhithe, and commemorating the extraordinary engineering achievements of the Brunel family. The museum is fascinating, they run great events and they have fab cocktails too!

https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/about/

We've surveyed the remains of the slipways used to launch Isambard Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Eastern downstream on the Isle of Dogs.
#ForeshoreFavourites

We are always excited to see art and design inspired by the Brunel family or the museum itself. We have therefore decide...
09/05/2020

We are always excited to see art and design inspired by the Brunel family or the museum itself. We have therefore decided to spotlight some of the wonderful work that we get sent by the community we are proud to be a part of.

Today our spotlight shines on Elisha Ralls, who now lives in London but grew up in Cornwall (so thanks Brunel for their passage across the country!).

Elisha is studying a Graphic Design degree at UAL. In her practice she aims to transform traditional techniques into a contemporary style. Elisha loves to use hands on materials and gains inspiration from nature and the world around her.

To read our article in full, and see more designs by Elisha, please visit our website: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/saturday-spotlight-elisha-ralls/

If you are interested in your works (or those of your child) being our spotlight article, please message us via our social media accounts or send an email to [email protected] titled Saturday Spotlight with a picture (or several), a brief introduction to the artist, and an overview of the piece (or pieces) pictured. We can’t wait to see what you send us!

Sending an entry will count as permission for us to put your creations on our website and social media channels. We may edit any associated text.

07/05/2020
Original Tunnel Plans

This is how Marc initially envisaged the Thames Tunnel.

His engineering drawings often contained figures. This helps with scale, and also personalises the drawings, as the figures are sometimes identifiable as family members and friends.

The Thames Tunnel as built differs from the original ideas set forward by Marc Brunel in 1818. Though those ideas look a lot like what you might expect from a modern tunnel!

The original design for the tunnel shield changed from a circular shape to an oblong, and from an initial thirty-three individual worker cells to thirty-six. The hydraulic jacks that Marc originally envisaged were replaced by screw jacks, which moved the tunnelling shield forward during construction. The changes were necessitated by both physical and economic considerations.

Read More:
https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/changing-plans/

Photograph of volunteers and staff at the museum in 2017Whilst we cannot physically open the museum, our volunteers are ...
06/05/2020

Photograph of volunteers and staff at the museum in 2017

Whilst we cannot physically open the museum, our volunteers are still working hard to fulfil the mission of the museum: To preserve and share widely the ground-breaking stories of the Thames Tunnel project and the outstanding achievements of the Brunel family and their relevance to our lives today. We inspire communities through exploration, learning and performance.

We are adding content to our website about the Brunel family and their achievements, about the local area, and about the museum itself and those who work there. If you are curious about our volunteers, you can find out a bit more about some of them here: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/about/meet-our-volunteers/

We would also like to hear from you – what would you like to see more of from us? You can contact us via here on FB, or any of our other accounts:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrunelMuseum
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brunel_museum/
Email: [email protected]

If you buy from Amazon you can donate to us at NO COST to yourself - just access Amazon Smile via this link: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1003287-0 and they will do the rest. It will not change your Amazon experience or the prices that you see, but Amazon will donate a small amount to the museum, which would especially help us during the COVID-19 crisis, as we no longer have a regular museum income.

If you can afford to support us directly, please donate here: virginmoneygiving.com/fund/brunelmuseumCovid-19

Would you like to help the museum? Are you shopping online a bit more rather than heading to the high street? Did you kn...
05/05/2020
Support The Brunel Museum by shopping at smile.amazon.co.uk.

Would you like to help the museum? Are you shopping online a bit more rather than heading to the high street? Did you know that you can donate to us at zero cost to yourself?

If you shop on Amazon, just access it via this link: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1003287-0

This will not change your Amazon experience or the prices that you pay, but Amazon will donate a small amount to the museum (equivalent to 0.5% of net purchase price for any items you buy), which would especially help us during the COVID-19 crisis, as we no longer have a regular museum income.

If you do have a little that you can afford to part with to help support us directly, please donate here: http://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/brunelmuseumCovid-19

When you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will donate to The Brunel Museum. Support us every time you shop.

01/05/2020

Difficult as it may currently be to imagine happily joining a crowd, that is what I am asking you to envision:

On Saturday 25th March 1843, the Thames Tunnel finally opened, eighteen years after the start of the project. Visitors eagerly arrived in Rotherhithe on foot, coach, horseback or by boat. A printing press had even been lowered into the tunnel and was printing “The Royal Thames Tunnel Paper” for sale.

How many people do you think walked through the tunnel that day? How many would you guess visited it in the first 4 months?

https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/opening-crowd/

If you are able to support us during the Covid-19 Crisis, please donate using the link below. Anything you can give will help towards keeping the mission of the museum active.
Spread the word
virginmoneygiving.com/fund/brunelmuseumCovid-19

What treasures of Brunel memorabilia have you collected? We'd love to see them and hear your stories!#MuseumFromHomeWe k...
30/04/2020

What treasures of Brunel memorabilia have you collected? We'd love to see them and hear your stories!

#MuseumFromHome

We know that many of you are Brunel enthusiasts and have collected or inherited various wonderful items. This gem is from the collection of volunteer Gill Howard:

Printed by W.Warrington, London in 1839 this plan of the works is illustrated with nine leaves of engraved plates, three of which fold out and one has an overlay showing workers within the tunnel.

Read the full article on our website: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/brunel-memorabilia/

Please donate to help us keep this vitally important historic site and much-loved community hub open, which has been affected by the COVID 19 crisis. We need your support to help us to continue to deliver our core learning and engagement aims, focusing on the story of the Brunels and how their achievements remain so relevant to our lives today. virginmoneygiving.com/fund/brunelmuseumCovid-19

This is part of our collection not usually on show, What do you think it is, and what is the Brunel link? #MuseumFromHom...
30/04/2020

This is part of our collection not usually on show, What do you think it is, and what is the Brunel link? #MuseumFromHome

Happy #MuseumFromHome day!Our mission is to preserve and share widely the ground-breaking stories of the Thames Tunnel p...
30/04/2020

Happy #MuseumFromHome day!

Our mission is to preserve and share widely the ground-breaking stories of the Thames Tunnel project and the outstanding achievements of the Brunel family and their relevance to our lives today. We aim to inspire communities through exploration, learning and performance.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the greatest engineers Britain has seen, and wasn't the only outstanding member of that family. Did you know his father was also a genius engineer? His mother was arrested as a spy in France during the French Revolution! Were you aware that his son Henry was also an accomplished engineer, who designed the hospital ship SS Chauncy Maples? Isambard's eldest sister Sophia was a talented porcelaine painter whose work has been sold at Bonhams. (More on her later as it is her birthday today!)

There is so much more to this family than even the bridges and railways Isambard is famous for.

Read more on our website: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/

29/04/2020

Did you know that the innovative tunnelling shield that made the Thames Tunnel possible was inspired by a shipworm?

Artists, designers and engineers often look to nature for inspiration. What inspires you?

Read more about working at the face here:
https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/working-at-the-face-inspiration/

Help us keep this vitally important historic site and much-loved community hub open, which has been affected by the COVID 19 crisis. We need your support to help us to continue to deliver our core learning and engagement aims, focusing on the story of the Brunels and how their achievements remain so relevant to our lives today. Please donate here: virginmoneygiving.com/fund/brunelmuseumCovid-19

Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Pioneer of Prefabrication!It might not sound Victorian-style but in times of national crisis so...
28/04/2020

Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Pioneer of Prefabrication!

It might not sound Victorian-style but in times of national crisis some extraordinary things can be achieved. We have recently been amazed by the speed of the herculean task of turning conference centres such as Excel into fully functioning hospitals for high-risk patients. In 1855 Isambard Kingdom Brunel was set a similarly daunting task. To design and create a state of the art modular hospital that could be produced in the UK and then transported and erected on an unknown site in a war zone thousands of miles away. He achieved the entire project in 5 months!

If you would like to read more about the hospital at Renkioi please click through to the article on our website: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/hospitalatrenkioi/

To donate and kindly give vital help towards the Museum’s running costs as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis please click here: virginmoneygiving.com/fund/brunelmuseumCovid-19

(Pictures courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program)

Happy East London Line Day!What is your favourite train-related fact?For us, it has to be that the Thames Tunnel is the ...
27/04/2020

Happy East London Line Day!

What is your favourite train-related fact?

For us, it has to be that the Thames Tunnel is the oldest structure on the oldest underground network in the world!

Originally built for horses and carts, it was opened as a foot tunnel and tourist attraction in 1843. By the end of the 1860s it had been converted for trains, and steam trains ran through it into the 1940s when it was converted to electricity. Today is the anniversary of the completion of the last major overhaul.

Ten years ago today the East London Line re-opened to trains, now as part of the Overground network. As well as upgrading the electrics etc. for the new trains, TFL built a concrete plug into the Rotherhithe Shaft of the Thames Tunnel, allowing people to enjoy the Shaft / Grand Entrance Chamber for the first time in around 150 years. Since then the museum has been giving tours and talks in this inspiring space, as well as helping all sorts of people set up the venue for their own events. The shaft has, as well as going back being a tourist attraction, seen many different uses over these last 10 years. Everything from fashion shows, to book launches, to cabaret/theatre, to weddings! Once we reopen our doors, we look forward to it seeing many more.

To donate and kindly give vital help towards the Museum’s running costs as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis please follow this link: virginmoneygiving.com/fund/brunelmuseumCovid-19

Please join us in celebrating the birthday of Sir Marc Brunel - follow the link for more information about one of his mo...
25/04/2020
Happy Birthday to Sir Marc Isambard Brunel! - Brunel Museum

Please join us in celebrating the birthday of Sir Marc Brunel - follow the link for more information about one of his most ambitious projects.

Born on the 25th of April 1769 in Hacqueville, Normandy, France, he fell in love with an English woman (Sophia Kingdom) and, after a number of adventures, came to live in England to be with her. Their son was the famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Marc was an engineer at least equal in insight to his ....

Happy birthday to Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, born on this day (25th April) in 1769. Engineering genius and father of the ...
25/04/2020
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Happy birthday to Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, born on this day (25th April) in 1769. Engineering genius and father of the rather more famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Please check out all of our media accounts to see how we are celebrating his birthday this year!

What do you think is a good way to commemorate the giants on whose shoulders we stand?

Follow the news feed on our website for frequent interesting snippets: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/news/

Please donate to help maintain this historic site, so that we can continue our mission of education & preservation, and to ensure that we will be able to re-open our doors http://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/brunelmuseumCovid-19

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Happy Birthday Isambard!What is your favourite image of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, or your favourite structure or anecdote...
09/04/2020
Happy Birthday Isambard Kingdom Brunel! - Brunel Museum

Happy Birthday Isambard!

What is your favourite image of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, or your favourite structure or anecdote from his life?

Read about favourite aspects of the man and his work by one of our volunteers:
https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/happy-birthday-isambard-kingdom-brunel-2/

IKB By Gill Howard (Volunteer) This is my favourite photograph of IKB because without his hat and his usual working clothes, he appears more accessible and human. It makes me realise that as well as being an incredible engineer, architect, pioneer, hugely brave and driven individual, he was a father...

How are you coping?Share your tips and mechanisms to cope.You can contact us on here (or Twitter/Instagram) or by email:...
25/03/2020
#Coronanxiety support & resources - Anxiety UK

How are you coping?
Share your tips and mechanisms to cope.

You can contact us on here (or Twitter/Instagram) or by email: [email protected]

Here are a few links we found helpful:
https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Views from your window:Now that the spring is coming what are you seeing?Take some photos from your window and send the ...
24/03/2020

Views from your window:
Now that the spring is coming what are you seeing?
Take some photos from your window and send the best one to us with a caption. We will publish a selection of these on our website.

You can contact us on here (or Twitter/Instagram) or by email: [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!

We want to hear your stories about how you are coping with and adapting to being at home.Learning and living from home:I...
24/03/2020
STEM Resources for educating your children at home — Born to Engineer

We want to hear your stories about how you are coping with and adapting to being at home.

Learning and living from home:
If you have children how are you finding it?
If your child is interested in science and engineering here are some resources that the Brunel Museum recommends:
https://www.borntoengineer.com/resources-for-home-school-lockdown-coronavirus

We would love to know about your experiences and to share this with others in the community.

You can contact us on here (or Twitter/Instagram) or by email: [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!

We have put together a list of resources to help you keep your kids entertained and educated if they are off school. Please share with any parents who might benefit and let us know any we have missed. #FlattenTheCurve

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Get off the Overground at Rotherhithe, turn left and immediate left again out of the station, and follow the signs, it's about a 2 minute walk.

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Robert gave us a great tour today. Then a few of us joined Robert at The Mayflower for lunch. The good conversation continued and many laughed were had. I would definitely recommend to others 😁 Even Dave the dog was welcome everywhere which made it even better
Just a quick line to say a very big thank you to Gill (or maybe Jill) for her very informative and enthusiastic talk on the Brunels on Monday. There was only her, myself and Robert. It was good to travel on the river bus, walk past Greenwich, catch the train through the Wapping/Rotherhite tunnel and to see the museum itself. It was a very informative 3 hours or so and I learned so much about the great Isambard. Thanks again.
Art show this Sunday from 6-9 pm @ Brunel - https://www.facebook.com/events/274421239883414/?ti=icl
www.chamberplayers.co.uk/chamber-players-ensemble/ Performing in the Thames Tunnel on Tuesday 25th September.
Hi all! I am conducting a quick community survey for a university project based in Rotherhithe. Would you help me me to fill it out? it will only take 2 minutes. Thanks 🙏
Exploring the Thames Tunnel!
Video of trip through Thames Tunnel, c1990 - through rear of heritage tube train
Have some video taken by me in early 1990s from rear cab of heritage tube train through Wapping Tunnel - would like to send it to you?
We mentioned you on @redbulluk. Would be great if you could share on your social channels...