While it’s closed, the Brunel Museum has released four digitised tours of the great shaft that used to take people down to the railway beneath.

The museum sits above the great shaft that was the original pedestrian entrance to the first tunnel under the Thames. When the tunnel was turned into a railway tunnel, the shaft was left for ventilation and a new station built where Rotherhithe station is today.

The upper part of the shaft is now used for events by the Brunel Museum.

As part of the museum’s recently announced redevelopment, their architects produced a series of computerised recreations of how the great shaft used to look.

There are three videos — each with four scenes showing how the location has changed over the years.

1843

1869

2020

All three are here.

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One comment on “Take in a virtual tour of the Brunel Museum
  1. JP says:

    This is a great (not so) little site with a wealth of information, should you want it.
    Love the renderings with the ability to move about inside them at your own volition and their little touches like the urchins crouching in the corner.
    Well worth a visit.

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