Project ID1050
DescriptionBrunels' Tunnel. which connected Rotherhithe and Wapping, was constructed between 1825 and 1843. It was the first ever tunnel dug under a river and is still in use today as the route for TFLs Overground Railway. However the Brunels did not dig the tunnel themselves, they had a large workforce probably around 36 men on each shift and two shifts a day plus lots of other labourers doing a variety of other support tasks. The museum has good records of the tunnelers who perished whilst working on the tunnel but very limited records of the rest of the workforce. This is where our SLP may be able to help. Our project is likely to research the workforce, what were their names? where did they live? what about their families - did they move with them or stay at home? Indeed where were their homes? were they recruited from the tin mines of Cornwall or the coal mines of Somerset?
TopicSocial history
TypeU3A-led research (SLP)
U3ASouth East Greater London Network
Organization/partnerBrunel Museum, Rotherhithe, SE London
Year started2022
Source of referenceFlyer for SLP
The Brunel Museum sits at the top of the Rotherhithe Shaft and is seeking funds for refurbishment and a new exhibition. You can find out more about the museum on their website 
OutputNone known