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- Brunel Museum's Engine House among borough's winners in English Heritage giveaway
FOUR historic sites in the London Borough of Southwark have been awarded repair grants totalling nearly £100,000 from English Heritage.
Southwark played an important role in the industrial revolution and the urban development of London. The four sites to benefit from the grants are the Brunel Museum's Engine House in Rotherhithe, Dulwich Old Cemetery in Dulwich village, Nunhead Cemetery East Lodge in Nunhead and the Wells Way Bath House and chimney in Walworth.
"We treasure the history enshrined in all of the sites, from the extraordinary monuments and fascinating lives of those buried in Nunhead and Dulwich Old cemeteries, to the social history exemplified in the Wells Way Bath House" said English Heritage's Paddy Pugh. "In all of these projects we owe a debt of thanks to the dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure history is preserved".
The Brunel Museum's Engine House in Southwark, a striking 19th century red brick building, has been awarded a repair grant of £33,000. The Engine House's steam driven pumps originally pumped water out of the Thames Tunnel, the world's first tunnel driven beneath a major body of water. It was designed by Sir Marc Brunel and described as the eighth wonder of the world when it opened to the public in 1843. It was one of the most important engineering projects of the 19th Century and was the only project that Marc Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel worked on together.
The tunnel is now home to the tube's East London Line and visitors can take tours of the tunnel from Rotherhithe to Wapping. The grant will be used to repair the building's leaking roof and to replace it with pan tiles like those used in the original design.
The Museum has increased its visitor numbers from 500 a year to 10,000 and runs an education programme that benefits schools across London. Children can take part in free play schemes, workshops and school visits to learn about the history of the tunnel and Brunel.
Brunel Engine House
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