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Archive in Five

curator holding a sketch by Brunel

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays &

the first two Saturdays of each month 12.30pm - 1.30pm, FREE

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in these curator-led sessions.


Get closer to history in the Brunel Institute as maritime curators and volunteers take you on a journey of discovery with precious items from the Archive Vault.

Featuring this Month:

This year sees 170 years from the opening of Brunel's Hungerford Suspension Bridge. See his 1836 sketchbook and letters of correspondence in relation to this project.

Free event at the Brunel Institute


From the Collection:

Curators choice from the Archive Vault.

Brunels diary sketch

Isambard Kingdom Brunel's personal diary entry from 29 June 1827 (by courtesy of the Brunel Institute – a collaboration of the ss Great Britain Trust and the University of Bristol).

There is a pen and ink sketch on this page, which shows frames and sandbags holding up the roof of the Thames Tunnel.