Brunel Museum

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Brunel Museum
© Bryan Jones, Brunel Museum
Museum commemorating Isambard Kingdom Brunel's first and last projects. A new exhibition celebrates the Thames Tunnel as the birthplace of the tube system, and the Great Eastern steamship as the first modern ocean liner. The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and International Landmark Site above the oldest tunnel in the Underground. Watercolours, engravings, and models explain this epic feat of engineering and tell the story of the men who worked in the dark, dodging flames and raw sewage every day.

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Vera S
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This would be one of those 'quirky London experiences', if I ever saw one.


Turning up to this small museum is like dropping into a confusing alternative universe, much like falling down Alice's rabbit hole. The two employees we met at the museum - two lovely, albeit somewhat strange and confusing gentlemen - weren't much help navigating the place. Unless you Google in advance what the museum actually presents, you won't have much clue at all - and the confusing story of the two Brunels, often not clarified which one we are talking about at present, doesn't help much either.


Some vague explanations about the tunnel's history do feature on the walls, and some interesting drawings and memorabilia are displayed in small cases - but overall you still feel like sitting in on your uni lecture after a rough night at school disco. 


The film playing on the downstairs level on a loop only talks about the tunnel in the first ten minutes - and being about 45 minutes long, you'll be sorry if you miss the introduction. (Also, don't stay to watch the film.)


I am not saying don't go - I'm just saying be prepared for the odd, and leave your education-hungry hat at home; although you won't learn much about the tunnel itself, you can sit on fun-looking benches outside, and then  chase the confusion away in the nearby Mayflower pub.

harmameet kaur

i really like the way that you told me about what you have but ca yu be precise about what types of projects you fod out that bruel did.