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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Midnight Apothecary
27/09/2020

Midnight Apothecary

Roll up roll up! Mini firepits and marshmallow smores toasting kits are now available for hire at your seat! Autumn just got a bit cosier! Book your tickets at midnightapothecary.designmynight.com
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#toastingmarshmallows #firepit #cosy #autumn #september #weekendplans #lovelondon #se16

Thank you to everyone who made it along to Open House at the weekend. It's wonderful to see the local community so engag...
23/09/2020
Open House 2020 and Consultation Update - Brunel Museum

Thank you to everyone who made it along to Open House at the weekend. It's wonderful to see the local community so engaged.

If you haven’t managed to drop by yet, the consultation visuals can be viewed at the museum until Sunday 4th October at 5pm.

https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/open-house-2020-and-consultation-update/

The Brunel Museum Reinvented Project design team joined us for Open House on Saturday 19th September. Visitors popped by to look at some visuals and share their views on current proposals for the project. The team gathered lots of helpful comments, which are currently being considered as we move for...

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow (Sat 19 Sept) for #OpenHouse - you'll have a chance to meet our architects, drawi...
18/09/2020
Open House 2020 - Activities and Consultation - Brunel Museum

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow (Sat 19 Sept) for #OpenHouse - you'll have a chance to meet our architects, drawing and painting activities, paper flower activities, delicious drinks from Midnight Apothecary, plus excellent food from MayflowerPub. Remember to download the Butlr app to purchase food and drink!

Read more about what you can do on the day here:
https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/open-house-2020-activities-and-consultation/

On Saturday 19th September we are taking part in Open House Families - "London’s architecture festival for children". Visiting the museum and taking part in the family activities & community consultation will be FREE, and drop-in (no need to book) so please do come along and take part between 12:0...

Open House
16/09/2020

Open House

OPEN HOUSE FAMILIES | looking for ideas to occupy children this weekend? Check out the brilliant programme of activities for families that our super-creative team has pulled together as part of #openhouseweekend.
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While some live events are booking up, don't panic there's still lots on offer!
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👉Pop along to the Brunel Museum this Saturday & be inspired by original engineering drawings of Marc Brunel’s famous tunnel under the Thames (drop-in drawing sessions).📏🎨🖌️
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👉Or dive into London’s history and its architecture at the Museum of London from 10am-6pm Saturday & Sunday - entry is free but must be pre-booked.✏️✂️🗺️
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Find more info on our website http://ow.ly/HmfZ50BrgPD, along with the complete #openhouselondon festival programme.
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#fantasticforfamilies Fantastic for Families Museum Mum City Kids Magazine Mini Londoners The Young Londoner Lola Ahmadu

Open House - 19th September 2020 - FREE entry to the museum.Community Consultation – Help Shape the Future of the Brunel...
16/09/2020

Open House - 19th September 2020 - FREE entry to the museum.

Community Consultation – Help Shape the Future of the Brunel Museum

Drop into the museum to find out more about plans to conserve the historic building, improve visitor facilities and displays, and offer a wider range of events and activities for people.

Meet the architects Tate Harmer and look at their concept drawings so far – we want your opinions and suggestions! Let us know how to best serve you, our community.

Read more here: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/open-house-2020-activities-and-consultation/

Photograph by local photographer Anne Koerber ( https://www.instagram.com/anne_koerber_photography/ )

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15/09/2020
Brunel Museum Autumn 2020 Newsletter

Would you like to see our news without relying on the vagaries of Facebook algorithms? Are you curious about our Newsletter? It comes out 6 to 12 times a year, with updates on what is coming up and how things are going. Check it out via the link below or sign up here: http://eepurl.com/g27gCX

Tunnel Activities Art Competition - Winners Announced Choosing our two winners was not easy – a great big thank you to everyone who took part!

Looking for some #MondayMotivation? Our motivation today is preparing for Open House this coming weekend. What's motivat...
14/09/2020

Looking for some #MondayMotivation? Our motivation today is preparing for Open House this coming weekend. What's motivating you at work at the moment?

10/09/2020
Who was Dame Sophia Brunel?

A taster talk on the life of Sophia Brunel (nee Kingdom).
Hi - I'm Sarah Kuklewicz.
Please do say hi, and post comments and questions. I'll try to address questions at the end of the talk, so would appreciate a little context - especially as there is a lag between when I speak and when you hear me.

We are really looking forward to Saturday 19th September (and not just because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day...
04/09/2020

We are really looking forward to Saturday 19th September (and not just because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day)! We are taking part in Open House Families – “London’s architecture festival for children”.

Visiting the museum and taking part in the activities will be FREE, and drop-in (no need to book) so please do come along and take part between 12:00 and 17:00.

Take part in what, you ask?

https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/open-house-2020-activities-and-consultation/

Community Consultation – Help Shape the Future of the Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum has recently received development funding from the Heritage Fund and other generous funders to transform the museum.

If the next stage of our application is successful, a significant investment will conserve the historic building, improve visitor facilities and displays, and offer a wider range of events and activities for people.

Drop into the museum to find out more about the plans that are starting to shape up. Meet the architects Tate Harmer and look at their concept drawings so far – we want your opinions and suggestions! Let us know how to best serve our community. Yes, that means you.

Arts and Crafts Activities for Families

Along with displaying the architect’s drawings, we will have a display of Sir Marc Brunel’s drawings – his vision of the Thames Tunnel from the early 1800s. Children may use these as inspiration to create their own works of art using coloured pencils, pastels, or watercolours.

For younger children we will have black and white versions of the drawings to colour in and origami flowers to create an artistic Brunel paper garden full of colour and fluffy things!

Safety First

As activities are drop-in, we will have volunteers making sure that numbers are properly restricted in our indoor spaces – a queuing system will be implemented if necessary. See our website for more information on the measures we have in place for your safety.

Midnight Apothecary
03/09/2020

Midnight Apothecary

Our pretty little terrace outside the #BrunelMuseum in #Rotherhithe is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail or locally brewed beer at a safe distance. We’re open tonight and have spaces available from 5-7pm. Book a free ticket at midnightapothecary.designmynight.com #supportlocal #cocktails

We had an excellent selection of wonderful entries to our summer art competition. The brief was to draw an activity that...
01/09/2020

We had an excellent selection of wonderful entries to our summer art competition. The brief was to draw an activity that you would like to take part in, in the entrance shaft to the Thames Tunnel.

Click here to find out the winners:
https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/tunnel-act-art-comp-winners/

The competition was judged by the Brunel Museum Director, Cathy Putz, and Judith Carlton, Director of Southwark Park Galleries.

Judith says: I was honoured to be asked to be one of the judges for this brilliant art competition, and it was a very difficult decision to make due to all of the works being so inventive and joyous; quite a tonic! Congratulations to everyone who took part, it was such a great selection of work!

I loved the suggestions for events and things to enjoy in the shaft, especially keen on a big party in there, which some entries were so beautifully depicting including the reflections of the mirror balls hung from the ceiling!

Keep drawing and making, long after lockdown ends! If you would like some inspiration have a look at our art packs we have been sharing over the summer months on our website or listen to one of our artist podcasts to learn how other artists develop their ideas into artwork of all kinds: www.southwarkparkgalleries.org

Message from Midnight Apothecary: We’re so sorry folks- the unseasonal forecast has scuppered our evening plans once aga...
28/08/2020

Message from Midnight Apothecary: We’re so sorry folks- the unseasonal forecast has scuppered our evening plans once again ☹️
Please check your emails for rebooking info. We’ll be back tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon- hope you can join us then

We’re so sorry folks- the unseasonal forecast has scuppered our evening plans once again ☹️
Please check your emails for rebooking info. We’ll be back tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon- hope you can join us then

27/08/2020

The Brunel Museum is conducting some research as part of a project to redevelop the site. If you have NEVER visited the museum before, we would like to hear from you!
We are running a series of short online workshops to find out a bit more about why people haven't visited and would like your views. All workshop participants will be invited to a future event. Let us know if you would be interested in participating by emailing [email protected] now. Please put CONSULT as the subject line of the email.

Unfortunately rain is back on the menu this evening, so the Midnight Apothecary is going to have to cancel - they’re rea...
27/08/2020

Unfortunately rain is back on the menu this evening, so the Midnight Apothecary is going to have to cancel - they’re really sorry! All those with booked tickets please check your emails for details of rebooking. ☔️
They will be back tomorrow with Happy Hour cocktails from 5pm! 🍹midnightapothecary.designmynight.com

Unfortunately rain is back on the menu this evening, so we’re going to have to cancel - we’re really sorry! All those with booked tickets please check your emails for details of rebooking. ☔️
We’ll be back tomorrow with Happy Hour cocktails from 5pm! 🍹midnightapothecary.designmynight.com

25/08/2020
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Looking for some STEM activities to do at home? Here is a fun one on pulleys from Babcock International Group.

The Brunel connection? Towards the end of building the Thames Tunnel, Marc Brunel and his wife Sophia would get up every two hours all night, and Marc would go to the site to get a report from the foreman and check soil samples. Marc was ill, and the lack of sleep was not doing him any favours. Sophia designed a pulley system so that a bucket containing a written report and soil samples could be hoisted to their bedroom window, and any response be returned the same way. This vastly reduced the amount of time that they had to spend awake, so helped Marc to recover. He was therefore able to complete the amazing achievement that is the first tunnel through soft ground under a navigable river anywhere in the world!

Never forget that even the most talented people need a support network.

https://www.babcockinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Build-a-Pulley-System-STEM-Clyde.pdf

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Three family tickets left, book now to attend tomorrow's event! Click here: https://www.designmynight.com/london/event-s...
18/08/2020
Brunel Museum

Three family tickets left, book now to attend tomorrow's event!
Click here: https://www.designmynight.com/london/event-space/south-london/brunel-museum/drawing-tunnels-and-building-bridges-with-mr-brunel?t=tickets

Are you looking for something fun to do with your children on Wednesday afternoon?

How about Drawing Tunnels and Building Bridges with Mr Brunel?

Get a chance to do some drawing, some watercolour painting, and (weather permitting) have fun building structures outside. All of this for only £6 for you and up to three children! Includes entrance to the museum too.

Buy tickets: https://the-brunel-museum.designmynight.com/5f2bfc0b8c908342e27a334f/drawing-tunnels-and-building-bridges-with-mr-brunel

Are you looking for something fun to do with your children on Wednesday afternoon?How about Drawing Tunnels and Building...
17/08/2020
Drawing Tunnels and Building Bridges with Mr Brunel - Brunel Museum

Are you looking for something fun to do with your children on Wednesday afternoon?

How about Drawing Tunnels and Building Bridges with Mr Brunel?

Get a chance to do some drawing, some watercolour painting, and (weather permitting) have fun building structures outside. All of this for only £6 for you and up to three children! Includes entrance to the museum too.

Buy tickets: https://the-brunel-museum.designmynight.com/5f2bfc0b8c908342e27a334f/drawing-tunnels-and-building-bridges-with-mr-brunel

19/08/2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Designed for children aged 7-10 with their parents/carers Children and families will be introduced to the museum by Sir Marc Brunel and then recreate their own watercolour version of Marc’s drawing of the Thames tunnel. Children will then be able to design and buil...

Midnight Apothecary
13/08/2020
Midnight Apothecary

Midnight Apothecary

So sorry folks. The thunder gods are predicted to rain down on every session of Midnight Apothecary this weekend. It's good for the garden and we know our hardy guests don't mind a shower. But this weekend's thunderstorms look a little more dramatic. We have cancelled/refunded all tickets (we've sent all ticket holders an email). PLEASE re-book for another event any time from next Thursday. Stay safe and see you soon. https://midnightapothecary.designmynight.com

Our wonderful volunteer Beth has been having fun getting ready for the hat-making workshop that is part of our Be a Dete...
13/08/2020

Our wonderful volunteer Beth has been having fun getting ready for the hat-making workshop that is part of our Be a Detective with Mr Brunel family events.

We have sadly had to cancel the event this Saturday (15th) due to the forecast of impressive impending thunderstorms.

However, we still have tickets available for Saturday the 22nd and Saturday the 29th August: https://www.designmynight.com/london/event-space/south-london/brunel-museum/be-a-detective-with-mr-brunel?t=tickets

There are also tickets available for our Drawing Tunnels and Bridges with Mr Brunel weekday events on Wednesday 19th, Wednesday 26th, and Monday 31st August:
https://www.designmynight.com/london/event-space/south-london/brunel-museum/drawing-tunnels-and-building-bridges-with-mr-brunel

Happy visitors today (they assured us they were smiling).When the rain gets here, why don't you enjoy the cooler air  an...
12/08/2020

Happy visitors today (they assured us they were smiling).
When the rain gets here, why don't you enjoy the cooler air and come and have a look around the museum? www.thebrunelmuseum.com

It's great to be welcoming visitors back to the museum this week. Are you planning to visit us soon? Is there anything y...
11/08/2020

It's great to be welcoming visitors back to the museum this week. Are you planning to visit us soon? Is there anything you'd like to know ahead of time? We'd also love to see a picture of you from your visit :-)

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

Family Events in August (please buy tickets in advance - numbers are strictly limited): https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/family-and-children/

For adults, The Midnight Apothecary is back every weekend this summer (please get tickets in advance): https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/events/midnight-apothecary/

Meet our new Director, Dr Cathy Putz: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/dr-cathy-putz-director/

Read our new Visitor Charter: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/visitor-charter/

09/08/2020

Good news this Sunday : from tomorrow you will once again be able to #VisitUs at the Brunel Museum in #Rotherhithe #SE16 – we reopen 10th August! Share the news! #TheBrunelMuseum #SE16

Tell all your friends! We're delighted to announce that #TheBrunelMuseum will reopen its doors on Monday 10th August 202...
05/08/2020

Tell all your friends! We're delighted to announce that #TheBrunelMuseum will reopen its doors on Monday 10th August 2020, having been closed since the UK went into lockdown in March. The museum will be open to visitors 12pm - 5pm Monday - Saturday and 1pm - 5pm on Sunday throughout the summer.

Read more on our website, including the measures we have put in place to protect you: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/

Sign up to our newsletter: https://thebrunelmuseum.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=e2fd2d10fe3d3e6cbcb99926a&id=e5a3134ab7

Our art competition closes *tomorrow* - get your entries in!Draw an activity that you would like to take part in down in...
23/07/2020
THE BRUNEL MUSEUM REINVENTED PROJECT - Brunel Museum

Our art competition closes *tomorrow* - get your entries in!

Draw an activity that you would like to take part in down in our tunnel shaft, and email us a scan or photograph of it, with a brief description!

For more details, including where to send it, check our website: https://www.thebrunelmuseum.com/project-the-brunel-museum-reinvented/

Get Drawing!

We have recently received development funding from the Heritage Fund and other generous funders to transform the museum. If the next stage of our application is successful, this project will conserve the historic building, improve visitor facilities and provide a home for the recently acquired colle...

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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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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?
We mentioned you on @redbulluk. Would be great if you could share on your social channels...