March social: Brunel Museum

When: Sunday 15th March, meeting at the museum entrance at 11am 
Where: Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 4LF (map)
Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions)
Travel: Access is easiest from nearby Rotherhithe Station on the London Overground, or by a short walk from Bermondsey Station on the Jubilee Line. Buses 381 and C10 stop at Rotherhithe Station.

For more information you can go to the museum’s website.

Marc Isambard Brunel & his son Isambard Kingdom are undoubtedly the most famous Victorian engineers, responsible for many famous landmarks including the Thames Tunnel. Built between 1825 & 1843, it was originally used by horse-drawn carriages and pedestrians, but in 1869 it became part of the railway network & now takes the London Overground between Rotherhithe & Wapping. The original Engine House is now the Brunel Museum, the Grand Entrance Hall, 50 feet below ground, was the original entrance to the tunnel & is now an exhibition & performance space. The Thames Tunnel Archives is a collection of 30 beautiful drawings that show the evolution of the ideas that ultimately became the tunnel.

There is a café that serves hot drinks and cakes or we can go to the historic Mayflower pub nearby.