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.
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 will hold their third meeting of 2018, in order to discuss object sharing, research, and additional functionality and features for its online presence.