The Brunel Museum, at the site of the Thames Tunnel, today launched a crowdfunding campaign through Art Happens with Art Fund, to showcase a series of watercolors painted by Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The museum is seeking to raise £18,500 to purchase a bespoke archival quality display case to enable it to display the items on site at the Brunel Museum.
The Thames Tunnel watercolors are a series of hand-drawn and colored images by the two Brunels during the construction of the Thames Tunnel.
The watercolors were acquired at auction by the museum in 2017 with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, V&A Purchase Grant Fund and Friends of the National Libraries, and have since been in storage.
Rewards offered to those who fund the program include a behind-the-scenes tour of Brunel Museum Director Katherine McAlpine and sponsorship of artwork. As of this writing, the campaign has 13 backers and has raised 9% of its fundraising goal.
The Art Fund crowdfunding platform recently saw the successful backing of campaigns at the Royal Museums in Greenwich and the West Highland Museum, which raised over £50,000.
The Brunel Museum is currently carrying out its “Brunel Museum Reinvented” project, which will bring improvements to its site.
A new pavilion and a renovated engine room are part of the plans that make up the project. Last year, the museum received planning permission for the final phase of the project, which is expected to transform the visitor and heritage experience of Rotherhithe museum.