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Friday, March 10, 2006

Another Wapping Weekend

Wapping Thames Tunnel Tours

This weekend at 2pm and 4pm, there's another opportunity for you to take part in
"Carry on Shafting" or rather the innuendo ridden but informative journey by Tube train through the famous Thames Tunnel!

Over to Robert Hulse the excellent tour guide and curator of the Brunel Engine House Museum. "This is Brunel's first project and the oldest tunnel in the London Underground. This is the birthplace of the Tube system. Descend the original sinking shaft, and view Brunel's original map of the Tunnel's geology.

In 2006, Brunel's Bicentenary Year, the Museum is proud to launch an exciting new children's book : 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel The Iron Man' by Amanda Mitchison.

Copies of the Brunel book cost £4.99 and are offered as the latest edition to the Shorts Books prize-winning series. The "WHO WAS...." series is aimed at 9 to 12 year olds: well-written, thought-provoking and refreshingly different from the established historical series for children.

As part of Science Week, families are invited to take a journey back in history! It is 1843, the Thames is the busiest river in the world, and Brunel's Tunnel is just completed. Your guide will fill in the details
."

Peepshow of the Thames Tunnel at Rotherhithe and Wapping


Robert continues as in Science week kids can make their own peepshow (not that sort of peepshow) of the tunnel (see image above) "It took Brunel 18 years, but with a pair of scissors and some crayons you can do it in half an hour...."

Check out http://www.brunelenginehouse.org.uk for full details of the weekend tours plus further tours throughout March.


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