Royal Opening for the new Design Museum
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh has opened the new Design Museum in London.
The Duke, who has a life-long interest in design, unveiled a plaque at the £83 million building, a listed 1960s London landmark with an impressive undulating roof, on Monday 14 November.
Visitors to the Kensington High Street Museum, which opens to the public on 24th November, can see the free permanent display of its collection. The Museumwill be the world’s leading museum of contemporary design and architecture, an international showcase for the many design skills at which Britain excels and a creative centre, promoting innovation and nurturing the next generation of design talent.
WREN is one of the major funders of the new Design Museum, having awarded over half a million pounds towards the capital build programme, alongside lead funders, The Conran Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
Simon Settle, General Manager of WREN said, “Whilst WREN usually focusses on funding smaller, grass roots community projects, from time to time a flagship project comes along that will make a real difference to a far broader spectrum of people and the relocation of the Design Museum certainly fits that bill. Not only has the project breathed new life in to the old Commonwealth building, that had stood empty for over ten years, but it has opened up the opportunity for anybody, from whatever walk of life, to have access to a free, permanent collection of some of the most amazing pieces of iconic design from around the world. I am genuinely excited about seeing all of the new galleries. The work that has been done to the building alone looks stunning”.