The Brunel Museum Book Club 2022

Brush up on your Brunel knowledge with the brand new Brunel Book Club. In these talks, a different author shares their perspectives on how the Brunels have changed the face of history, followed by a Q&A and, of course, an opportunity to buy the book.


Marc Brunel and His Son

Wednesday 28 September | 7pm to 8pm | Doors open 6.30pm | Tickets: £5

Isambard Kingdom Brunel is widely regarded as the greatest engineer ever to have worked in Britain – and some would say the greatest in the world. But less is known about his father, Marc Brunel?

In this talk, Anthony Burton reflects on the often overlooked achievements of Marc Brunel, and the influence he had on his more famous son.

What did he give him beyond his rather eccentric first name? Would Ismabard’s achievements been possible without the influence of his father?

Life lessons from an engineer, an explorer and a statesmen

Wednesday 5 October | 7pm to 8pm | Doors open 6.30pm | Tickets: £5

There are many great people in history, but only a handful who have achieved big endeavours in two completely different fields of pursuit.In this talk, Brad Borkan, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, explains how Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Roald Amundsen and Theodore Roosevelt dealt with hardships, overcame obstacles and silenced the many naysayers who exclaimed, “It can’t be done.” Focusing specifically on Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Brad will reveal lessons and strategies from Brunel’s life and work that you can use to improve your own modern-day life and career.

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