The engine house originally contained the steam driven pumps used to keep the
Thames Tunnel clear of water. As you will see The Thames Tunnel became what is
now the East London Line, part of the London Underground network. Today it
houses the exhibition explaining the birth of modern tunneling in Rotherhithe and
the impact Marc & Isambard Kingdom Brunel had on Civil Engineering.
The Engine House is a striking piece of 19th Century architecture.
It is a listed red brick building, elegant but simple. It was
designed by Sir Marc Brunel to contain the steam engines which drained
the celebrated Thames Tunnel.
A roofless ruin until 1975, the Engine House has been rescued and registered as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is now an International Landmark Site and an independent
museum illustrating the story of the Thames Tunnel which today
carries the East London Line from Rotherhithe under the Thames to Wapping on the
North Bank. The Museum is managed by the Brunel Exhibition Rotherhithe. The high chimney has been restored by the Trust.