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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We often talk about the souvenirs that represented the thrill of visiting the Thames Tunnel. This item on today’s #Thame...
17/08/2021

We often talk about the souvenirs that represented the thrill of visiting the Thames Tunnel. This item on today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday is one of the more colourful, and demonstrates the thriving tourist industry. Made of glass, this embossed and bright red tankard reads “Present from the Thames Tunnel” across in decorative script. Come down to see this and so much more in the #BrunelMuseumCollection - we are open on Fridays in August!

We often talk about the souvenirs that represented the thrill of visiting the Thames Tunnel. This item on today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday is one of the more colourful, and demonstrates the thriving tourist industry. Made of glass, this embossed and bright red tankard reads “Present from the Thames Tunnel” across in decorative script. Come down to see this and so much more in the #BrunelMuseumCollection - we are open on Fridays in August!

For today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday, let’s take a look at this intriguing object in the collection. Made of papier-mâché an...
10/08/2021

For today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday, let’s take a look at this intriguing object in the collection. Made of papier-mâché and measuring 6.5x14cm, this is a cheroot case! So, what is a cheroot? It is a type of cigar, with clipped ends, that became particularly popular in this era among British aristocracy. This case would have been part of the fashion for carrying your cheroots, and clearly shows the staircase at the Wapping entrance to the Tunnel, with the inscription “Der Themse Tunnel”. Come and visit the #BrunelMuseumCollection for a closer look yourself!

For today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday, let’s take a look at this intriguing object in the collection. Made of papier-mâché and measuring 6.5x14cm, this is a cheroot case! So, what is a cheroot? It is a type of cigar, with clipped ends, that became particularly popular in this era among British aristocracy. This case would have been part of the fashion for carrying your cheroots, and clearly shows the staircase at the Wapping entrance to the Tunnel, with the inscription “Der Themse Tunnel”. Come and visit the #BrunelMuseumCollection for a closer look yourself!

For #ThamesTunnelTuesday we are checking out this ceramic plate in the #BrunelMuseumCollection! It’s distinctive blue ri...
03/08/2021

For #ThamesTunnelTuesday we are checking out this ceramic plate in the #BrunelMuseumCollection! It’s distinctive blue rim and alphabet decoration help it stand out, but it is the detailed image of the Thames Tunnel in action that we love the most! Spot the staircase, Tunnel archways and Victorian visitors - check out our Story for a closer look!

For #ThamesTunnelTuesday we are checking out this ceramic plate in the #BrunelMuseumCollection! It’s distinctive blue rim and alphabet decoration help it stand out, but it is the detailed image of the Thames Tunnel in action that we love the most! Spot the staircase, Tunnel archways and Victorian visitors - check out our Story for a closer look!

28/07/2021
Rainbow River

The River Thames. It's a nice place to have a walk around. From the docks, to wharves, housing estates and back street boozers - steeped in heritage: but did you know of the q***r history woven into the history of this stretch of the waterway? Rotherhithe and Wapping has remarkable q***r history and Sacha and Sheldon, two tour guides and LGBTQ+ historians, have researched a tour that is just as good as time travel.

Travel back to 1780 for a glass of Mother's Ruin at the The Widow In Masquerade. If you're lucky you might meet the infamous Female Soldier and hear their tales of genderbending infamy! Or how about the creative hub that Derek Jarman had in his studios in the shadow of Tower Bridge in the 1970s? Perhaps a stroll to The Prospect Of Whitby in the 1800's where flamboyant local queens and slumming gentlemen might join you for a Hot Toddy? Q***r history galore all within easy reach from the Brunel Museum.

The meeting point will be the forecourt of the Brunel Museum at 12pm. The nearest transport link is Rotherhithe station on the London Overground.

Get your tickets here: https://the-brunel-museum.arttickets.org.uk/the-brunel-museum-sandbox/2021-09-10-walking-tour-rainbow-river

Celebrate Pride in 2021 with four hundred years of q***r history condensed into the space of 90 minutes, as Sheldon & Sa...
28/07/2021
Rainbow River - LGBTQ+ History of the Thames River area

Celebrate Pride in 2021 with four hundred years of q***r history condensed into the space of 90 minutes, as Sheldon & Sacha take you on Rainbow River.

Tickets available here: https://the-brunel-museum.arttickets.org.uk/the-brunel-museum-sandbox/2021-09-10-walking-tour-rainbow-river

https://youtu.be/wVDmsekdrtc

Celebrate Pride in 2021 with four hundred years of q***r history condensed into the space of 90 minutes on Friday 10th September, as Sheldon & Sacha take you...

Today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday is all about this amazing pair of items. They are decorative shoe buckles, which originally...
27/07/2021

Today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday is all about this amazing pair of items. They are decorative shoe buckles, which originally belonged to Sir Marc Brunel himself. We’ve heard there are even details included about the Tunnel if you look closely enough - so come on down to find them for yourself at the #BrunelMuseum!

Today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday is all about this amazing pair of items. They are decorative shoe buckles, which originally belonged to Sir Marc Brunel himself. We’ve heard there are even details included about the Tunnel if you look closely enough - so come on down to find them for yourself at the #BrunelMuseum!

On today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday, we are taking a closer look at this object in the #BrunelMuseumCollection. This beaker ...
20/07/2021

On today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday, we are taking a closer look at this object in the #BrunelMuseumCollection. This beaker is made of horn, and is engraved with detailed images and text commemorating the opening of the Tunnel. It states clearly the date opened in the middle of the cup – March 25th 1843, and features two Victorian figures below – presumably intended to be visitors! Above that, an angel appears to decree that ‘this Great Work be to God Only’! The rest of the beaker hosts other celebratory images referencing the Tunnel, reminding us of the excitement and thrill of the Tunnel’s first opening – and how people wanted to remember it. Come on down and visit us to learn more about this ‘Great Work’!

For today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday we doff our hats to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. One of the many achievements throughout hi...
13/07/2021

For today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday we doff our hats to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. One of the many achievements throughout his career, IKB worked on the Thames Tunnel with his father Marc. This bust watches over the #BrunelMuseumCollection and is on loan from the National Railway Museum in York. Come on down and say hi for yourself!

For today’s #ThamesTunnelTuesday we doff our hats to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. One of the many achievements throughout his career, IKB worked on the Thames Tunnel with his father Marc. This bust watches over the #BrunelMuseumCollection and is on loan from the National Railway Museum in York. Come on down and say hi for yourself!

Following the PM's announcement yesterday, we have released an update around our Covid-19 measures from the 19th of July...
13/07/2021

Following the PM's announcement yesterday, we have released an update around our Covid-19 measures from the 19th of July onwards.

The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is paramount and so we have decided to keep in place a number of our Covid-19 safety measures.

We will continue to limit numbers and encourage prebooking to help social distancing in the Engine House.

You can book your tickets here: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/events/

Our staff and volunteers will continue to wear face masks indoors unless exempt.

We encourage our visitors to do the same.

Please do not visit the Museum if you are experiencing symptoms or have been told to self-isolate.

If you have prebooked your ticket and are unable to attend, please email us and we will arrange an exchange.

These measures have been drawn up in accordance with industry best practice and guidance issued by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

We anticipate they will stay in place until at least the 31st of August.

https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/covid-19-safety-measures/

Being able to safely open the Museum is reliant on the health of our staff and volunteers.

As a small team, if one or more of our staff becomes unwell or is asked to self-isolate, we may have to close the Museum.

If you have prebooked your ticket, we will inform you as soon as we know.

We will try and give as much notice as possible, but please check our website and social media in advance of your visit.

Following the PM's announcement yesterday, we have released an update around our Covid-19 measures from the 19th of July onwards.

The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is paramount and so we have decided to keep in place a number of our Covid-19 safety measures.

We will continue to limit numbers and encourage prebooking to help social distancing in the Engine House.

You can book your tickets here: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/events/

Our staff and volunteers will continue to wear face masks indoors unless exempt.

We encourage our visitors to do the same.

Please do not visit the Museum if you are experiencing symptoms or have been told to self-isolate.

If you have prebooked your ticket and are unable to attend, please email us and we will arrange an exchange.

These measures have been drawn up in accordance with industry best practice and guidance issued by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

We anticipate they will stay in place until at least the 31st of August.

https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/covid-19-safety-measures/

Being able to safely open the Museum is reliant on the health of our staff and volunteers.

As a small team, if one or more of our staff becomes unwell or is asked to self-isolate, we may have to close the Museum.

If you have prebooked your ticket, we will inform you as soon as we know.

We will try and give as much notice as possible, but please check our website and social media in advance of your visit.

We haven't spoken much about the Brunel Museum Reinvented Project recently, but we're busy behind the scenes. Read all a...
10/07/2021
The Brunel Museum Reinvented Project - Brunel Museum

We haven't spoken much about the Brunel Museum Reinvented Project recently, but we're busy behind the scenes. Read all about how our latest plans respond to community consultation here: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/project-the-brunel-museum-reinvented/

The Brunel Museum Reinvented project will make vital improvements to a site of international heritage significance with its strong associations with Marc Brunel and his son Isambard Brunel. This project will conserve the historic building, improve visitor facilities and provide a home for the recent...

We're really excited to be getting the #ThamesTunnel ready for our first #wedding of the season tomorrow! Doesn't it loo...
09/07/2021

We're really excited to be getting the #ThamesTunnel ready for our first #wedding of the season tomorrow! Doesn't it look lovely!

We're really excited to be getting the #ThamesTunnel ready for our first #wedding of the season tomorrow! Doesn't it look lovely!

Deadline extended to 25th June - there is still time for you to apply to get involved and help shape the future of the B...
13/06/2021
Trustees - Brunel Museum

Deadline extended to 25th June - there is still time for you to apply to get involved and help shape the future of the Brunel Museum!

The Brunel Museum is looking for up to three highly motivated people to join its Board of Trustees. The Brunel Museum showcases the local story of the Brunel engineering family and how they changed the world. It is on the site of the world’s first tunnel under a navigable river, and was opened in ...

Nearly there! Launch of Robert Guidi's novel, Isambard and the Cato Street Conspiracy is fast approaching! Order your co...
13/06/2021
Pre-Order: Isambard and the Cato Street Conspiracy - Brunel Museum

Nearly there! Launch of Robert Guidi's novel, Isambard and the Cato Street Conspiracy is fast approaching! Order your copy here: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/product/pre-order-isambard-and-the-cato-street-conspiracy/

Pre-Order: Publication date: 15th June 2021, your book will be sent out within a week of publication. How do you defeat evil when science is not enough? You get Magic… London, 1820: Isambard is just like any other 16-year-old engineering genius until he stumbles across a radical plot to kill the P...

It's #WorldGinDay so we had to share this amazing object from the #BrunelMuseumCollection.This Gin flask commemorates th...
12/06/2021

It's #WorldGinDay so we had to share this amazing object from the #BrunelMuseumCollection.

This Gin flask commemorates the opening of the #ThamesTunnel and was likely sold as a souvenir.

It's #WorldGinDay so we had to share this amazing object from the #BrunelMuseumCollection.

This Gin flask commemorates the opening of the #ThamesTunnel and was likely sold as a souvenir.

Museum now open Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 5pm. Come and have a look around!https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/
12/06/2021
Homepage - Brunel Museum

Museum now open Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 5pm. Come and have a look around!

https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/

The Brunel Museum is an educational charity run by volunteers that tells the story of one of the world’s great engineering dynasties

Ever wanted to know about the men who built the #ThamesTunnel? Who were they? What were their lives like? Find out in th...
11/06/2021
Walking Tour: Who Were They? - Brunel Museum

Ever wanted to know about the men who built the #ThamesTunnel? Who were they? What were their lives like?

Find out in this fabulous new tour with Sheldon Goodman starting Thursday 24 June, 5.45pm.

Book now: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/events/walking-tour-who-were-they-2021-06-24/

24/06/2021 @ 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm - Tickets start from £15. Book here. It's more than just a tunnel.   It's a space that inspired art. It is where dreams were forged and broken. It is where superstition influenced those who tunnelled under the River Thames. It was demonised by the Church and marvelle...

Calling all teachers! We have availability this term and Autumn term 2021 for school visits. Book a self guided visit or...
10/06/2021
Key stage two - Brunel Museum

Calling all teachers! We have availability this term and Autumn term 2021 for school visits. Book a self guided visit or meet one of our Thames Tunnel characters. Details here: https://t.co/btVmiAIU68

The Thames Tunnel Victorian Experience   Your class will have a 90 minute session with an actor in role as one of the following characters:   Isambard Kingdom Brunel Seamus Fitzpatrick a worker who helped build the Thames Tunnel Sophia Brunel – Isambard’s sister who longed to be an engineer bu...

Looking for a #FathersDay gift? We've got loads of great stuff in our online shop, including Membership: https://t.co/Tk...
09/06/2021
Shop - Brunel Museum

Looking for a #FathersDay gift? We've got loads of great stuff in our online shop, including Membership: https://t.co/Tkh5QDsyDc

The Museum Bookshop has a great selection of books about Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel as well as old prints, greeting cards, and souvenirs.

Voluntary roles available! We are looking for trustees to join our board - applications close on the 11th June, so pleas...
08/06/2021
Trustees - Brunel Museum

Voluntary roles available! We are looking for trustees to join our board - applications close on the 11th June, so please get in touch.

More details and how to apply on our website. No specific qualifications required.

We are keen to meet applicants with a wide range of backgrounds and experience in order to provide a balanced and effective Board. We want to broaden the diversity of our Board and welcome candidates that can contribute a diversity of representation and thinking, including people from minority ethnic groups, LGBT+ people, people with disabilities, and those with experience of socio-economic disadvantage.

https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/careers/trustees-x-3/

The Brunel Museum is looking for up to three highly motivated people to join its Board of Trustees. The Brunel Museum showcases the local story of the Brunel engineering family and how they changed the world. It is on the site of the world’s first tunnel under a navigable river, and was opened in ...

Cemetery Club is doing a guided walk with us looking at the folklore connected to the Thames Tunnel and the lives of the...
08/06/2021
Walk Back in Time Around Rotherhithe - Southwark News

Cemetery Club is doing a guided walk with us looking at the folklore connected to the Thames Tunnel and the lives of the people who built it, other than the Brunels!

It’s exciting to bring this layer of Rotherhithe’s history into the foreground

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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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hello my name is Ryan Claridge i hope you are doing ok and keeping safe i was just wondering if you can help me please thank you i was just wondering please can you tell me just out of curiosity the official email address to contact the official Brunel Museum merchandise store also i was just wondering please can you tell me just out of curiosity the official email address and page to contact the the official events company and management company who are promoting directing and producing ,Brunel Museum also please can you tell me just out of curiosity the website addresses official email addresses and pages to contact Brunel Museum also please can you tell me just out of curiosity When will the full list of 2021 and 2022 shows and events for Brunel Museum be ready and released also what shows and events will Brunel Museum take part in throughout 2021 and 2022 any way you can help answer my questions regarding these queries please would be very much appreciated please thank you from Ryan claridge
I was one of the team working on the refurbishment of the Thames Tunnel in the 1990s for Taylor Woodrow and have recently written an article on Marc Brunel and the Thames Tunnel, which I attach. I hope this will be of interest.
I recently added this item to my collection of early stoneware, a very rare small inkwell that caused quite a stir with collectors when it popped up in a Sussex saleroom. It was possibly made to commemorate the actual opening of the Thames Tunnel in 1843, however they might have been produced before that date to help raise finances during the public tours & banquets that took place while under construction. The front panel depicts labourers slaving away in their 'cells' gradually digging out the earth. I would think this inkwell was produced at one of the London potteries, very crudely made with various kiln pulls & scars. Quality control was not a major concern back in the day for most everyday objects, the main concern was that the item fulfilled it's purpose.
Thanks for the invite, look forward to future posts
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?