Ticket Mate Fund

A scheme in partnership with local charities that distributes free exhibition tickets in the local community.

Launched to coincide with the reopening of the museum following the first COVID-19 lockdown, this pay it forward scheme is aimed at offering free access to the museum's temporary exhibitions to young people and adults in the local community for whom price might be a barrier to participation.

You can contribute to the fund by donating now or as part of your ticket purchases.

Please get in touch via bookings@designmuseum.org if you are a charity that would like to get involved.

Ticket Mate Skate

Thanks to the support of donors Dan Kurzius and Family, we are able to offer a number of free tickets to the Skateboard exhibition for charities and community groups through our Ticket Mate Skate scheme.

Get in touch with the Bookings team if you are a charity or community group that would like to access free tickets.

charity partners

Alchemy Society

A volunteer-run community outreach project that supports people who experience social, health and financial challenges. It serves a diverse range of people with a focus on supporting mental health, and it creates accessible pathways to invite and inspire its members, through lively social and cultural programmes.

British Bangladeshi Fashion Council

British Bangladeshi Fashion Council's mission is to empower and uplift British Bangladeshi and underrepresented women in the fashion industry, bridging the gaps that have hindered their progress thus far. Central to their vision is the establishment of a cooperative business run by the women, fostering an environment that nurtures growth, collaboration, and empowerment.

ClementJames Centre

The ClementJames Centre is an award winning charity that empowers the community to release its potential in one of London’s most disadvantaged areas.

Crisis Skylight East Croydon

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. They help people directly out of homelessness and campaign for the changes needed to solve it altogether. Crisis Skylight Croydon run a vibrant and popular creative programme where people who are homeless can do workshops in a range of areas including woodwork, furniture design and restoration, carpentry, art, photography, ceramics, sewing and upcycling, poetry, drama and animation to provide future life opportunities.


An artist-led collective platforming emerging socially-engaged creatives from diverse communities, Ferarts aims to shape the direction of today's contemporary art scene by projecting young voices and creating opportunities to exhibit thought-provoking, innovative works to new audiences.

Imperial Health Charity

The charity is working to achieve three key goals by 2025 – enhancing patient care and experience, improving health outcomes in hospitals and supporting better health and wellbeing in surrounding communities.


IntoUniversity is an award-winning national education charity operating a network of 31 local learning centres and projects in disadvantaged communities across the UK. Since 2002, they have supported over 100,000 young people to achieve at school and beyond, through their holistic programme of Academic Support, mentoring and the aspiration-raising FOCUS programme.

Share Community

Share Community is an award-winning charity that provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and autism in London, supporting them to live more independent, happy, and healthy lives. They provide a holistic service, offering accredited training to help their students move towards employment, personal development courses and schemes to help people be more included in their communities.


Spotlight is a youth service based in Tower Hamlets supporting young people aged 11-19 to reach their full potential. Alongside artist-led creative programmes, the charitable foundation provides a wrap-around support service, with dedicated youth workers and an in-house GP, youth empowerment opportunities and fitness programmes.

The Creative Space at Arlington

The Creative Space is a year-round programme of creative workshops based in Arlington (managed by One Foundation part of One Housing Group) and SPACE. The residents are involved in choosing the programme’s content and developing their own work as well as engaging with artist-led projects. The programme supports those on the homeless pathway scheme in Camden, and those who have recently gone on to independent living.

Westway Trust

The trust aims to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea without distinction of colour, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex or political-religious background.

What's On

Exhibitions and displays

The museum explores the past, present and future of design through a programme of temporary exhibitions and pop-ups.