NEWS
V&A renames childhood museum as part of £13m redevelopment
POSTED 13 Oct 2021 . BY Tom Walker
The revamp has been designed by De Matos Ryan and AOC Architecture Credit: AOC Architecture
Work has begun on a £13m redevelopment of the V&A Museum of Childhood
The revamp will transform the attraction into the UK’s premier museum dedicated to children
The works have been designed by De Matos Ryan and AOC Architecture
Plans include three new galleries – called Play, Imagine and Design
Construction work has begun on a £13m redevelopment project which will look to transform the V&A Museum of Childhood into the UK’s "premier national museum" entirely dedicated to children.

Designed by De Matos Ryan and AOC Architecture, the revamp of the iconic Grade II* listed site in Bethnal Green, London, UK will provide the museum with an entirely new visitor experience.

Plans include three new galleries – called Play, Imagine and Design – an interactive collection displays drawing on the full scope of the V&A collections, a suite of dedicated workshops for learning, an in-gallery design studio for visitors and a new café and shop.

Creative education spaces for hands-on making and performance will play a key role in Young V&A’s new galleries.

These include an amphitheatre-style stage in Imagine, a free-play construction area within Play, and a working Open Studio in Design, inviting young visitors to develop their creative skills through performance, play and design.

There are also three workshop spaces and a reading room on the lower ground floor dedicated to learning – all spaces which will support a year-round educational programme.

Activities within the learning programme will range from parenting courses and sessions for early years to curriculum-based provision for school learners (Key Stages 1, 2 and 3) and after school and holiday activities for families and young people.

Designed for 0–14-year olds, the revamped museum is set to reopen to the public in 2023, when it will also boast a new name – Young V&A.

The new name was chosen to reflect the museum's new mission to inspire young people with "the creative ingenuity of design", to empower educators and to act as a leader in child-centred museum practice.

Director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt, said: “Young people’s lives have been dramatically altered by the pandemic, yet they have adapted and enriched the soul of the nation in extraordinary ways – from a rainbow campaign honouring the NHS to Sky Brown’s skateboarding achievements for Team GB.

"A world-class museum that nurtures curiosity, experimentation and celebrates play, Young V&A will be a global champion for children’s creativity in all its forms.

"This vital investment – working to counter the ongoing effects of Covid-19 on young people’s access to creative education, collaborative play, and artistic inspiration – is more urgent than ever. I am delighted we are one step closer to reopening the museum’s doors in 2023.”

De Matos Ryan architects were appointed in early 2018 to develop a full base build design, including structural changes, heritage restoration, lighting and acoustic upgrades and delivery of a new suite of new workshop spaces.

Construction is now underway with handover of the site to Quinn London contractors in August 2021.

In parallel, AOC Architecture – the design team responsible for the fit-out – are completing final detailed drawings for construction tender in early autumn.
RELATED STORIES
London's V&A Museum of Childhood to close for two-year redevelopment


Creating an "unforgettable first museum experience for children" is the aim of the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, which has announced it will close in May 2020 to undergo a two-year, £13m (US$16.9m, €15.7m) transformation.
V&A launches digital database for cultural heritage preservation projects


The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is demonstrating its commitment to protecting the world's cultural heritage and supporting communities that suffer cultural loss, through the launch of a new Culture in Crisis Portal.
V&A appoints Gus Casely-Hayford as first director of V&A East


Gus Casely-Hayford, the British curator, cultural historian, broadcaster and lecturer, has been named as the inaugural director of V&A East – the museum's new expansion project scheduled to open in London in 2023.
 


CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2021

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - V&A renames childhood museum as part of £13m redevelopment...
22 Oct 2021 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

13 Oct 2021

V&A renames childhood museum as part of £13m redevelopment
BY Tom Walker

The revamp has been designed by De Matos Ryan and AOC Architecture

The revamp has been designed by De Matos Ryan and AOC Architecture
photo: AOC Architecture

Construction work has begun on a £13m redevelopment project which will look to transform the V&A Museum of Childhood into the UK’s "premier national museum" entirely dedicated to children.

Designed by De Matos Ryan and AOC Architecture, the revamp of the iconic Grade II* listed site in Bethnal Green, London, UK will provide the museum with an entirely new visitor experience.

Plans include three new galleries – called Play, Imagine and Design – an interactive collection displays drawing on the full scope of the V&A collections, a suite of dedicated workshops for learning, an in-gallery design studio for visitors and a new café and shop.

Creative education spaces for hands-on making and performance will play a key role in Young V&A’s new galleries.

These include an amphitheatre-style stage in Imagine, a free-play construction area within Play, and a working Open Studio in Design, inviting young visitors to develop their creative skills through performance, play and design.

There are also three workshop spaces and a reading room on the lower ground floor dedicated to learning – all spaces which will support a year-round educational programme.

Activities within the learning programme will range from parenting courses and sessions for early years to curriculum-based provision for school learners (Key Stages 1, 2 and 3) and after school and holiday activities for families and young people.

Designed for 0–14-year olds, the revamped museum is set to reopen to the public in 2023, when it will also boast a new name – Young V&A.

The new name was chosen to reflect the museum's new mission to inspire young people with "the creative ingenuity of design", to empower educators and to act as a leader in child-centred museum practice.

Director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt, said: “Young people’s lives have been dramatically altered by the pandemic, yet they have adapted and enriched the soul of the nation in extraordinary ways – from a rainbow campaign honouring the NHS to Sky Brown’s skateboarding achievements for Team GB.

"A world-class museum that nurtures curiosity, experimentation and celebrates play, Young V&A will be a global champion for children’s creativity in all its forms.

"This vital investment – working to counter the ongoing effects of Covid-19 on young people’s access to creative education, collaborative play, and artistic inspiration – is more urgent than ever. I am delighted we are one step closer to reopening the museum’s doors in 2023.”

De Matos Ryan architects were appointed in early 2018 to develop a full base build design, including structural changes, heritage restoration, lighting and acoustic upgrades and delivery of a new suite of new workshop spaces.

Construction is now underway with handover of the site to Quinn London contractors in August 2021.

In parallel, AOC Architecture – the design team responsible for the fit-out – are completing final detailed drawings for construction tender in early autumn.



Connect with
Leisure Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Little Amal, a puppet of a refugee girl, has walked 5,000km across Europe
Little Amal, a puppet of a refugee girl, has walked 5,000km across Europe   22 Oct 2021

A puppet of a refugee girl has 'walked' across Europe on a 5,000km (3,100m) journey, with the help of eleven puppeteers and is now nearing the end of .... more>>
Fairmont Century Plaza’s 14,000sq ft spa opens to underpin hotel’s mission to become sanctuary for the health-conscious
Fairmont Century Plaza’s 14,000sq ft spa opens to underpin hotel’s mission to become sanctuary for the health-conscious   22 Oct 2021

Fairmont Spa Century Plaza is now open at the new Fairmont Century Plaza hotel, in Los Angeles, formerly home to the iconic crescent-shaped former .... more>>
énergie opens first club in Spain as part of global expansion
énergie opens first club in Spain as part of global expansion   21 Oct 2021

The first énergie Fitness club has opened in Spain as part of a push for global expansion. énergie Barcelona St Cugat will be operated by industry .... more>>
Eden Project Qingdao reaches construction milestone
Eden Project Qingdao reaches construction milestone   21 Oct 2021

Construction work on the Eden Project Qingdao visitor attraction in China has reached a major milestone. The main truss of the large, single biome .... more>>
ESPA designs holistic treatment series for One&Only and will plant at least one tree for every ritual booked
ESPA designs holistic treatment series for One&Only and will plant at least one tree for every ritual booked   21 Oct 2021

Luxury resort operator One&Only Resorts and international skincare and spa brand ESPA have partnered to bring new spa programming to select One&Only .... more>>
World’s first UNESCO digital trail launches in Scotland
World’s first UNESCO digital trail launches in Scotland   21 Oct 2021

Scotland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites are being brought together through the world’s first ever UNESCO digital trail. The trail connects the .... more>>
Company profile


Mindbody

Mindbody is the leading technology platform for the wellness industry, featuring an app that allows users to discover and book fitness, beauty and integrative health services, and industry-leading software for business growth and management.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Your spa’s (financial) health matters too!

Your spa’s (financial) health matters too!

Spas are so focused on the health of their guests and staff that they often neglect their own financial health. More>>




in this issue

• Virgin gets right to wipe out rent arrears
• Fitness industry mourns passing of Jan Spaticchia
• STA offers mindfulness resources



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Swimming Teacher
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Bedworth, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Operations Assistant
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bristol, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Receptionist
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bristol, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com

31 Oct - 03 Nov 2021

GSN Buyers Conference - Green Spa Network

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai, United States



Leisure Management magazine 2018 issue 1
Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Fitness: Hybrid fitness
ESPA Life at Corinthia's 'revolutionary' new fitness service, BodySPace More>>
  Promotional feature: Alliance Leisure
The future of leisure in times of austerity More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1

Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Thermal Spa: Taking the waters
Magali Robathan met the key people behind the Gainsborough Bath Spa More>>
  Gymtopia: Angels’ advocate
Gymtopia founder Ray Algar on making a difference beyond the health club walls More>>


Published by Leisure Media Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd