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The National Brunel Network

Brunel's sites around the UK

Each of the tags below relates to sites of interest around the United Kingdom associated with Brunel's major works. Click to explore. [The map can be expanded at top right, click on tags for further detail]

About the Network

The National Brunel Network has been formed to increase knowledge sharing and expertise on the life and legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the SS Great Britain Trust’s development of new museum Being Brunel, launched in March 2018.

The Network has been developed in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading museums and visitor attractions, including: Brunel Museum (Thames Tunnel), Chatham Dockyard, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Didcot Railway Centre, Institute of Civil Engineers, Ironbridge Museum/Heritage site, National Maritime Museum, National Railway Museum, The Newcomen Society, The Science Museum, Brunel's SS Great Britain and Bristol’s Underfall Yard.

Together these organisations are working to share expertise, research and artefacts related to Brunel, supporting exhibitions and publications relating to Brunel across the UK.

This includes the development of a bibliography of UK-wide archival holdings relating to Brunel.

The project also includes the development of a new online map showing sites linked to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, aiding members of the public who may wish to visit member sites, and discover others related to the engineer. On 20 November, members met to arrange the first object shares within the group, including aspects of Brunels work on the GWR which will be shared with Didcot to help celebrate the 175th aniversary of the opening of the Oxford line.  The next meeting will be in July 2019, held at the Royal Albert Bridge.