Director’s Diary: Saved for the nation!

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PRESS RELEASE Iconic photo of Isambard Kingdom Brunel saved for the nation Rare print of Brunel by chains of SS Great Eastern acquired by The Brunel Museum Iconic image secured with funding from the National Heritage Memorial Fund New book and a film script of Brunel’s life unveiled The Brunel Museum has secured for the […]

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  • Director’s Diary: Carnival!

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    This weekend is Notting Hill, one of the biggest carnivals in the world. The first underwater carnival was in Rotherhithe, under the Thames, in 1852. Despite  Marc Brunel’s objections, the Tunnel opened on a Saturday – ‘Saturday night is the  most disorderly time of the whole week – but the directors overruled him. There was cannon […]

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  • Director’s Diary: Difference Engines and Steam Engines

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    Brunel built steam engines, so how appropriate he is named Isambard, meaning ‘man of iron’. Even more appropriate, his friend Babbage – troublesome neighbour and fractious supporter – is remembered for a computer which he called a ‘Difference Engine’. Brunel is known for his eccentric detractors like Dionysus Lardner, but his friends and supporters were […]

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  • Director’s Diary: The Gimlet Hole

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    We are a small museum with a big story, and we are preparing grant applications! This is an important site – an International Landmark Site – and the next crucial development will provide a new gallery for our recently acquired collection of Brunel drawings. We also need to improve facilities for our growing visitor numbers. […]

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