Brunel Museum’s virtual escape room among nominees for Southwark business awards

Kit Heren (21 August, 2021)

The winners of the awards, which are decided by public vote, will be announced on October 21

47306A player in the virtual escape room

The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe has been shortlisted for a Southwark business award after using its historic structure as the basis for a virtual escape room as visitors dried up in lockdown.

Tunnelling Through Time asks players to complete a number of logic-based tasks to complete the online game, which is set against the backdrop of the Rotherhithe tunnel. Players encounter real-life stories from the history of the tunnel as they go through the game, which was designed by specialist Deadlocked Escape Rooms.

“Pivot to digital is an oft-quoted phrase from the pandemic, but Tunnelling through Time is an amazing example of what can happen when two businesses used to delivering face to face activity are suddenly forced to close,” the museum’s director Katherine McAlpine said.

The Brunel Museum has been shortlisted in the Business Pivot category of the Southwark business awards, which celebrates some businesses’ “remarkable efforts to diversify or adapt their products and services for the greater good” during the pandemic.

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All of the categories are decided by public vote. The vote closes at 5pm on Friday, September 17. The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on Thursday, October 21. Vote here.

Other nominees in the Business Pivot category are:
bodytonic clinic
Captain Cyan
Peace Ballers
The Pizza Room
The Scissors of Oz
Wisely Automotive

The other categories and nominees are below.

COVID-19 start-up
Barefoot Joe’s
Bazaar – London’s Indian Takeaway
BB Pads

Local lockdown hero
Ballers Football Academy
Head To Toe
Helping Hand Early Years Consultancy
Melanin Health & Wellness
Sea Containers London
Springs of Hope UK
The Unity Music Arts Team
UK Homes 4 Heroes

Outstanding team award
Adroit Accountax
bodytonic clinic
Calm Mediation
CareTrade Charitable Trust
Chapter 72
Cinq Sandwiches
Melanin Health & Wellness
Social Peckham
Wisely Automotive

Sustainable green investment award
Circulo C.I.C. trading as Plastic Free Peckham
The Scissors of Oz

Young persons contribution
Sameer, Adroit Accountax
Zoë, BB Pads
Lucy, Interact
Louis, Mack Metal

To vote go to



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