Trusts and foundations

Trusts, foundations and statutory funders enable the museum to deliver learning activities, a public programme and digital resources, as well as to create exhibitions. These programmes are helping to realise the museum’s vision that everyone understands the value of design.

Annual Reach

Support for wide-ranging programmes from trusts, foundations and statutory funders make it possible each year for the museum to reach:

  • 250k
  • 2m +
    web visitors
  • 25k +
  • 6k +
    learners with free admission

Funding the future

The Design Museum has been granted national portfolio organisation status, three year support for its highly respected Designers in Residence programme and wider Learning activities. The museum is one of 46 new organisations across England to join the national portfolio in the Art Council’s 2015 – 2018 investment approach.

An Arts Council Renaissance grant enabled the museum to re-imagine the display of its permanent collection and improve collection care. This work laid the foundations for the Design Museum’s relocation to larger premises in Kensington.

Autumn 2014’s Collection Lab, an experimental and interactive presentation of the collection, is a direct legacy of this project.

Ongoing work

Support from John Lyon’s Charity is enabling the Design Museum to develop a new programme, Young Creatives, that puts young people’s interests at the heart of the activities, providing thought provoking workshops that instigate a change in creative thinking.

The programme enables young creatives to meet and take part in free short courses, workshops, events, and work alongside designers on projects to look afresh at the world around them, develop interests and skills, and explore their creative ambitions.

Through the Young Creative programme, the museum is able to reach young people aged 14-19 years in the Royal Boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, Ealing and Brent.

Get in touch

To find out about opportunities to be part of the future of contemporary design and architecture in the UK, please call +44 (0)20 3862 5900