Timelapse footage from the new Design Museum site.
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  1. New Design Museum Timelapse | March 2014

  2. New Design Museum Timelapse | March 2014

  3. A few pictures taken by Sue Medway, Commercial & Operations Director, during a visit to the new Design Museum site on a sunny mid-March day.

  4. New Design Museum Timelapse | February 2014

  5. New Design Museum Timelapse | February 2014

  6. Out with the old… in with the new Design Museum

    Following the removal of what was the first floor of the former  Commonwealth Institute, the old second floor has now been taken out.

    Here is a view to the stunning roof of the new Design Museum building, minus the old floors. The laying of new flooring on the upper levels is next.

  7. New Design Museum Timelapse | January 2014

  8. New Design Museum Timelapse | January 2014

  9. New Design Museum’s Progress Report

    A small Design Museum contingent was in Kensington at the beginning of last week to check on the transformation of the museum’s future home.

    In recent weeks, the old first floor has been completely removed and the excavation of the basement has been progressing at a rapid pace.

    Roll on the the new floors and over 10,000m2 of floor space to host the museum’s collection, temporary exhibitions, learning activities, public programme events, design library…






  10. The new Design Museum’s basement is steadily taking shape

  11. Design Museum audience briefing on museum signage and way finding

    The Design Museum is relocating to the former Commonwealth Institute building on High Street Kensington in less than two years’ time. Current and potential visitors are invited to find out more about plans for the new museum.

    The museum has developed its signage and way finding strategy with consultants Cartlidge Levene. Now we would like to invite some of our audiences to find out more about what this might look like and to ask questions.

    The museum is running an audio-described briefing and questions session for blind and partially sighted visitors, and volunteers from the museum’s audience panels. The session will be held at the Design Museum in Shad Thames (near Tower Bridge) on Tuesday 11 February, 10.30am - 12.30pm. Public transport travel costs will be reimbursed for attendees and alternative transport arrangements can be made where necessary.

    If you are interested in attending or finding out more about this session, please contact access@designmuseum.org or call 020 7148 6883. 

  12. Audience feedback on the new Design Museum – what has been done and what is to come in 2014

    While work continues on site in Kensington High Street to lay the new museum’s floors and excavate the basement, in recent months the Project team has been busy talking to our audiences about the Design Museum’s plans for the future and listening to their ideas for the new building.

    Since November last year, two rounds of consultation workshops have taken place, involving over 60 people: an introductory one, familiarising audiences with the museum’s plans and explaining what will happen in the next two years until we reopen in Kensington; and one focused on the permanent collection display on the new building’s second floor, discussing current ideas and themes. The round devoted to the permanent collection display allowed participants to also provide feedback on issues such as interpretation and interactivity.


    All workshop sessions solicited many useful comments and generated a wealth of good ideas, which the Project team has been collating and evaluating to inform the ongoing work on the detailed design of the new museum spaces and the permanent collection display. The overriding sense is that our audiences would like the permanent collection display to reflect a variety and breadth of context and look far beyond the object. They want to see inside, behind and around everyday objects, both in a literal and metaphorical sense. They want stories, complexity without too much contradiction and to be challenged or moved by what they see, while also being able to recognise some of what they are looking at. In short, less text, more images, surprising juxtapositions and context, context, context.


    More audience sessions will be taking place in the next few months, dealing with issues ranging from signage and wayfinding to the temporary exhibition programme. Thanks to all who have participated so far. We can’t wait to hear further thoughts and ideas on how to make the new Design Museum the most inspiring and engaging hub for contemporary design and architecture that it can be.

    Rhiannon Green, Volunteer and Community Development Manager, and Oliver Winchester, Curator, Permanent Collection Display