Ref NoDM162
Alt Ref NoDM1306, DM484
TitleBrunel Collection
DescriptionPlease note that the reference DM162 refers to one section of the Brunel Archive. Reference needs to be made to the extensive lists available in Special Collections and to the guide on the Special Collections web site.


Sketchbooks, 1830-1857
57 of Brunel's original sketchbooks which contain preliminary sketches for many of Brunel's projects. The majority of the sketchbook contents are in random order, with a few relating to specific projects.

Small Sketchbooks, c. 1837-1856, 17 volumes: DM 162/8, (DM 1758)
Large Sketchbooks, 1830-1857, 17 volumes: DM 162/8.
Great Western Railway Sketchbooks, 1836-1842, 18 volumes: DM 162/8.
Other Sketchbooks, 1835-c.1836, 5 volumes: DM 162/8.

Notebooks, 1827-1859
Brunel's personal notebooks, many of which contain notes and data on different projects undertaken by Brunel. There are also notebooks which focus on distinct projects.

Facts - miscellaneous notes and data, 1829-1844, 1 volume: DM 162/8/5
Clifton Suspension Bridge notes, sketches and calculations, 1829-1850, 4 volumes: DM 162/8/1-4
General Calculation books, 1834-1841 and 1850-1858, 3 volumes: DM 162/25
Notebooks on data from experiments with the Polyphemus and Rattler steamships, 1841-1844, 2 volumes: DM 162/13-14
Notebooks and memoranda about the SS Great Eastern, Royal Albert Bridge, South London, Southampton and Salisbury and other railways, 9 volumes, 1856-1857: DM162/3
Agenda book, mainly concerning the Great Western Railway, 1837-1844: DM162/21
Books of notes and calculations about the Cheltenham Railway, [1840s]: DM162/26; about various railway projects, 1848-[1849]: DM162/19; and about Bristol docks, 1839-1840: DM162/23.

Letterbooks, 1832-1866
Copies of Brunel's outgoing correspondence and the outgoing correspondence of his office. Letterbooks, 1832-1866, 15 volumes: DM 162/10.

Letters from Bradford Leslie to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, 1856-1857, DM162/4;

Drawing tools of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Henry Marc Brunel, 1 wooden chest: DM 162/5.

Notebook and calculation book, SS Great Eastern: DM 162/15-16

Proprietors' proxy form, Great Western Railway, DM162/11

Manuscript draft history of the SS Great Western, SS Great Britain, and SS Great Eastern: DM162/12.

Report on the atmospheric railway by Robert Stephenson, DM162/22.

Accounts, DM162/20


Two volumes of diaries, 1822-1823: DM162/1
Bound volume of letters, reports, and other papers concerning the Thames Tunnel, DM162/2


Letterbooks, sketchbooks, letters, diaries, account books, and other financial records, 1856-1903: DM162/6
Letters, 1863-1903: DM162/7


7 letters, 1863-1891: DM162/9
Related MaterialSee Special Collections Staff for help on additional materials of interest, particularly DM1306, DM484.
Extent70 archive boxes, 22 rolled plans plus 4 plan chest drawers.


Access ConditionsSome items are fragile and surrogates may be provided to avoid damage.

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