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Design Museum London awarded £4.65M Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded the Design Museum a grant of £4.65million towards its plans to create the world’s leading museum of contemporary design and architecture at the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington. This grant is in addition to the £300,000 of development funding awarded by HLF in September 2010.

So far good progress has been made towards raising the necessary funds to complete the new Design Museum project which is due to open in late 2014. The campaign also aims to raise an endowment fund to ensure the long-term sustainability of the museum.

The museum has made great progress towards its fundraising target through pledges and donations including: The Conran Foundation, The Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, the Atkin Foundation, The Hans and Marit Rausing Charitable Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, The Arnold Foundation and The Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Founded in 1989 the Design Museum is currently located in Shad Thames, South East London, its work encompasses all elements of design, including product design, architecture, graphic design, and fashion. The Design Museum plans to relocate from its current location to the former Commonwealth Institute building, in Kensington, West London. The project is expected to be completed by 2014. Leading designer John Pawson will convert the interior of the Commonwealth Institute building to create a new home for the Design Museum, giving it three times more space in which to show a wider range of exhibitions, showcase its world class collection and extend its learning programme. –

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