Brunel Book Club - Life lessons from an engineer, an explorer and a statesmen

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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.

Date & time

Date:5 October 2022

Time:7pm to 8pm

Event Details

Address:The Brunel Museum
Railway Avenue

Post code:SE16 4LF

Tickets:Tickets - £5

Telephone:020 7231 3840

Open hours:7pm-8pm (Doors open 6:30pm)


There are many great people in history, but only a handful who have achieved big endeavours in two completely different fields of pursuit.

Three notable ones were:

· Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of tunnels, railways, bridges and ships

· Roald Amundsen, the first to sail the Northwest Passage and first to reach the South Pole.

· Theodore Roosevelt, creator of US national parks and the Panama Canal.

In this talk, Brad Borkan, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, explains how Brunel, Amundsen and 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.


By Bus:381 and C10 stop outside Rotherhithe station. 1 and 188 stop at Canada Water.

By Tube:Bermondsey or Canada Water on the Jubilee line and ten minute walk. Or change at Canada Water for London Overground and Rotherhithe station.

By Train:Rotherhithe station (London Overground) is only a hundred yards away.



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Our main performance venue, The Shaft, is a 10m high cavern entered from the top. The bottom is reached via 3 flights of well-illuminated stairs with high-visibility handrails. Wheelchair users and those with limited mobility can view from the “Royal Box” viewing platform at the entrance at the top. The Engine House has wheelchair-suitable access to the main entrance, shop, lower gallery and toilets (where there is an accessible toilet). However, the upper gallery where the main exhibition lies, can only currently be accessed via a half-flight of stairs.

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