Brunel chronology

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

In November 2010 the Brunel Collection moved to the Brunel Institute at the SS Great Britain, a collaborative venture of the University of Bristol and the SS Great Britain Trust.

Year Event
1769 25 April Marc Isambard Brunel born at Hacqueville, Normandy
1799 13 March MIB arrives in England
1 November MIB marries Sophia Kingdom
1806 9 April Isambard Kingdom Brunel born in Portsmouth
1824 20 July MIB appointed Engineer to Thames Tunnel
1826 7 August Thames Tunnel works under the direction of IKB
1828 28 January Second major accident halts work on Tunnel for 7 years
1830 10 June IKB elected fellow of of the Royal Society
1831 31 March IKB appointed Engineer to Clifton Bridge
1833 7 March IKB appointed Engineer to Great Western Railway
1836 5 July IKB marries Mary Horsley
27 August Foundation stone for Leigh abutment of Clifton Bridge laid
1837 19 July SS Great Western launched
1838 4 June First section of GWR opened
1841 30 June GWR completed between London and Bristol
1842 1 July First section of Bristol & Exeter Railway opened
1843 25 March Thames Tunnel opened
19 July SS Great Britain launched
1847 13 September First atmospheric trains run between Exeter and Teignmouth
1849 12 December MIB dies
1854 16 January Paddington New Station opened
1858 31 January SS Great Eastern launched
1859 11 April Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash, completed. 15 September IKB dies
1864 8 December Clifton Bridge opened


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