2018 promises to be an exciting year for museums.
2018 promises to be an exciting year for our Great British museums. From Bath to Bristol and into London, there are new museums opening, groundbreaking exhibitions on show and experiences to excite every visitor.
The new national museum and visitor experience exploring inside the life and works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel will open its doors to the public at the end of March. Called ‘ Being Brunel', the new museum in Bristol will tell the hero engineer's extraordinary story through never-before-seen personal possessions, as well as interactive exhibits and audio-visual experiences. Visitors will discover that Brunel was not only an outstanding engineer, but an entrepreneur, a designer, an art lover and a showman too. Being Brunel recreates the interiors of Brunel's London office and the Great Western Steamship Company's Bristol office set within the Grade II listed Dock Office building which has been structurally restored as part of the project. The new museum will give unprecedented access to objects from the National Brunel Collection, currently cared for at the Brunel Institute, which includes over 14,000 items from the University of Bristol Brunel Collection, the Clive Richards Brunel Collection and the SS Great Britain Trust Collection. Visitors will be able to compare their own drawing skills to Brunel's in a range of interactive exhibits including boarding a broad gauge railway carriage which sways and vibrates as it ‘travels'. Once on board, passengers can try out Brunel's rule of thumb for testing the evenness of a railway route: sketching circles by hand sitting in a moving train. There's plenty to keep young and old occupied so book in advance ssgreatbritain.org.