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See what's new in the museum's inspiring programme of events.

BSL Tour: The Architecture of the Design Museum

Celebrate London Festival of Architecture 2024 and discover the fascinating story of the museum building in this group tour for D/deaf visitors and their companions, who use British Sign Language, led by guide Edward Richards.

Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation 2024

Join our annual collaboration with the London Festival of Architecture showcasing progressive manifestos envisioning a more inclusive London, developed by emerging voices in architecture and the built environment.

Models for a Different Society Part 2

Exploring the legacy of pioneering Italian designer Enzo Mari, this event is the second in a series of discussions with contemporary designers, makers and curators influenced by Mari’s approach.

AD Sensory Tour: The Architecture of the Design Museum

Celebrate London Festival of Architecture 2024 and discover the fascinating story of the museum building, in this group tour for blind and visually impaired visitors and their companions, led by guide Poppy Levison.

Guided Tour: Solar

Meet this year's Design Researchers in Residence for a free guided tour of Solar, a display of their design research responding to the climate emergency.

Workshop: Natural Dyes

Learn how to use fresh and dried flowers to naturally dye silk in this eco–conscious workshop with designer Georgia Bosson.
Please note: The afternoon session is sold out but you can still book the morning session, 10:00 – 12:30.

Ardagh Young Creatives x Design Can Networking

Are you aged 14 – 25 and curious about design? Join the Ardagh Young Creatives and Design Can for an inspiring afternoon of networking with professionals from different design fields.

Growing Together: Garden Assembly

Join gardener Ashley Edwards, photographer Claire Takacs and artist Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck for an afternoon of summer bliss celebrating horticulture, design and creativity in the museum's Dame Sylvia Crowe Garden.

Workshop: Build the Enzo Mari Sedia P Chair

In this hands-on workshop led by RubinoWilson, learn how to make a wooden chair inspired by Enzo Mari's iconic 'Sedia P', following a visit to the exhibition Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli.

Workshop: Design the Interior of Your Dreams

Learn the basics of designing your own home interiors using the latest colour trends, historical influences and personal style.

An Evening with Thomas Heatherwick

Join one of the world's most prolific designers, Thomas Heatherwick in conversation with Chief Curator Johanna Agerman Ross.

Enzo Mari Audio Described Sensory Tour

Join us for an audio-described sensory tour of highlights of the exhibition 'Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli', for blind and visually impaired visitors and their companions.

Playday

Join us for UK Playday, an annual celebration of playfulness. Explore the rich and lively culture of children’s play throughout the building.

Enzo Mari British Sign Language Tour

Join us for a group tour of highlights of the exhibition 'Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli' for D/deaf visitors who use British Sign Language and their companions, facilitated by Edward Richards.

Design Camp: Architectural Drawing for 8 to 11 year olds

Discover new ways to draw and learn more about buildings and cities through this workshop on architectural drawing.

Design Camp: Natural Dyes for 11 to 14 year olds

Learn how to use fresh and dried flowers to naturally dye silk in this eco–conscious workshop with designer Georgia Bosson to create your own hand-dyed hair ties and scrunchies.

Design Camp: Strange Designs for 8 to 11 year olds

Take inspiration from unusual designs from our handling collection to re-imagine everyday objects and create something uniquely strange!

Design Camp: Enzo Mari Lino Printing for 11 to 14 year olds

Learn how to make your own concertina book using lino print techniques inspired by the work and ethos of Italian designer Enzo Mari.

An Evening with Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer

Join award winning Production Designer Sarah Greenwood and Set Decorator Katie Spencer in conversation with curator Danielle Thom.

Tailoring Masterclass: Drafting Essentials

In this two-day course, learn how to create a professional paper pattern template for a fully lined tailored jacket.

Workshop: Cyanotype Photography

Immerse yourself in the magic of the cyanotype process to create amazing designs on paper and fabric using leaves and flowers.

For schools

Design Workshops for Schools

Using handling collections of contemporary design objects, students can interact with key designs through experiential learning. Hour-long workshops support students to gain new perspectives on the role of designers and the impact of design in everyday life. Suitable for key stages 2, 3, 4 and 5.

master's course

MA Curating Contemporary Design

Did you know that the Design Museum offers a Master's programme in Curating Contemporary Design in partnership with Kingston University?

Our collaborative degree is one of the world’s foremost postgraduate programmes for design curators, taught by leading academics, curators and designers.

Applications are open to start in 2024.

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