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Development Project

Development Project

Development Project, garden designed by Dan Pearson

Garden Museum Development

On 30 October 2015 the Garden Museum closed for 18 months for a £7.5million redevelopment project, reopening in Spring 2017. The Garden Museum Development Project will restore the ancient structure of St Mary-at-Lambeth and transform it into a modern museum. 

The re-development project has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to upgrade and extende our facilities, as well as doubling our gallery space, build new learning centre and create a new garden.

With a £3.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery fund and generous donations from over 1000 individuals and Charitable Trusts and Foundations we have so far raised £7.1million towards our target. We must raise the final £200,000 by spring 2017 - when the Garden Museum reopens. 

The Garden Museum Development Project will:

Double the gallery space, and create modern displays which will allow us to display 1,200 objects from our collection (at present we can only display 180)

Recreate part of John Tradescant's Ark, a 'Cabinet of Curiosities' and one of the wonders of 17th century London that included shells and plants, a stuffed penguin and dodo. We are working with the Ashmolean Museum, who hold the Tradescant Collection, on a long-term loan of objects for the Ark.

Set up the country’s first Archive of Garden Design, to preserve and display the letters, designs, photographs and personal artefacts of our great makers of gardens and to make these accessible for anyone who wishes to view them.

Build new pavilions in the garden dedicated to learning and community work including two education rooms - a classroom where we will be able to host both primary and secondary school classes and a second learning space for community groups with cooking facilities - and a bigger and brighter café.

Make a garden that has the atmosphere of a private garden, but is open to everyone, with the churchyard restored and increased biodiversity.

Install heating, electrics and drainage, which are at breaking point.

Interpret and explain the history of our building and neighbourhood, and the people who are buried here.


Watch our timelapse video of the restoration and refurbishment of the Museum interior here.


Architects: Dow Jones Architects

Exhibition Design: GuM Studio

How you can support us: 

To learn more about the development project, or to make a donation, please contact: Christina McMahon: christina@gardenmuseum.org.uk, 0207 4018865.

Or, become a Lifetime Friend and enjoy all the benefits of the new Museum plus special friends' events and discounted rates on our public events.

Find out more about what we are up to at the moment by going to our News pages. Garden Museum Director is writing a diary for the duration of the Development Project which can be read here




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