The Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum

Charity information

The Brunel Museum

Scheduled Ancient Monument, and Accredited Museum on the banks of the River Thames. Queen's Award 2010. Engineering Site with a community programme that embraces youthwork, heritage, music and art.

Founded 1975

  • Mission statement

    The Brunel Museum is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Accredited Museum on the banks of the River Thames in south east London. This is Brunel's First Project. An International Landmark Site above the Thames Tunnel, the building is set in landscaped gardens amongst the converted warehouses of the old East India Company. A small exhibition commemorates the engineering achievements of three Brunels, but we also run a busy education programme and organise community events, including children's play schemes, boat trips, heritage walks, music concerts, theatre performances, local artists' exhibitions and creative writing workshops. The charity is run by volunteers who were proud to receive The Queen's Award, the MBE for volunter groups. We receive no revenue funding and rely on admissions, sales and donations.
    In this our 170th Anniversary year, we launch an appeal to extend the Museum into the Grand Entrance Hall, a huge underground chamber half the size of Shakespeare's Globe. Empty and inaccessible for over a hundred years, this dramatic space above the railway line has been opened up thanks to the generosity of Balfour Beatty Carillion and Transport for London. We now seek funds to fit out as a gallery and performance space.
    Our general aim is to bring a greater understanding of the Brunels’ work to enthusiasts and to new audiences alike.

  • Aims

    The Brunel Museum aims to:

    • To preserve and encourage the preservation for the public benefit of the engine house, together with the Shaft forming part of the Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe, London
    • From these, to create in the underground shaft or Grand Entrance Hall a new gallery for exhibition and performance, for general and for community use
    • To provide a recreational facility for local residents and for the public at large at Rotherhithe and, subject thereto, to generally enhance the surrounding conservation area.
    • To educate the public in the appreciation of the engineering works of Marc and Isambard Brunel and to publish and catalogue, leaflet or other material in connection therewith
  • Overview

    Established: March 1975

    Registered Charity Number: 1003287

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 1

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 20

    Phone number: 0774 0203119

    Address: Railway Avenue Rotherhithe London SE16 4LF

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