The Design Museum collects with the aim of delivering the museum’s mission to teach the value of design. The collection contains outstanding examples of design which have shaped the modern world, ranging from architecture to fashion, transport to graphic design, and product design to furniture.
Your enquiry may already be answered in our frequently asked questions below. If your question is not covered in our FAQ, please fill in the form at the bottom of this page as fully as possible.
Due to the large volume of messages the Design Museum receives every day, it is not possible to reply to every message. Your query may already be answered in our frequently asked questions below.
If you would like to donate an object to the Design Museum Collection please fill in the form below as fully as possible. Please note that due to the amount of emails the Design Museum receives every day, it is only able to respond to proposals which fit our current acquisitions policy. All acquisition proposals are assessed by the same criteria, whether offered as purchase, gift or donation. Proposals are initially assessed by the Head of Collections and Research. Exceptional opportunities are considered by the Acquisitions Group, which meets four times a year.
The Design Museum’s exhibitions are planned three years or more in advance, and most exhibitions are the results of proposals generated by our in-house curatorial team or through collaborations with other institutions.
The majority of exhibitions, displays and commissions arise from direct invitations from our curatorial team, and we rarely accommodate unsolicited requests.
The Design Museum only accepts objects on loan if it is for a specific exhibition or display. Loans are always initiated by a member of the curatorial team.
The Design Museum does not accept long-term loans into its collection.
The Design Museum’s collection contains several thousand objects. Unfortunately, we can only show a small proportion of our collection at any one time.
The museum’s curatorial team is not in a position to respond to individual enquiries. Independent research can be undertaken in the Sackler Library and Archive. The Design Museum’s website also contains details about important designs and designers which have shaped the modern world.
Due to time constraints, the Design Museum is unable to undertake private research requests. Independent research can be undertaken in the Sackler Library and Archive.
The Design Museum is unable to authenticate or value works of design owned by private individuals. For advice regarding valuation, please contact a reputable auction house or dealer.