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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:

See the original ‘Jacques and the Stag’ painting, Frederic Richard Lee, 1850 - being one of Brunel’s series of Shakespearean subjects, commissioned in 1849/50 for the dining room in his Duke Street home.

Free event at the Brunel Institute


From the Collection:

Curators choice from the Archive Vault.

This sketch by Brunel shows drawings and calculations of the ss Great Eastern, the huge ship originally dubbed ‘The leviathan’, which set sail on her maiden voyage in June 1860. Brunel sadly passed away a year before, following news of an explosion on board the ship during her sea trials.