FuturePlan is an ambitious programme of development which is transforming the V&A. The best contemporary designers are creating exciting new galleries and visitor facilities, while revealing and restoring the beauty of the original building. In the past 10 years, over 70% of the museum’s public spaces have been transformed, improving access and allowing the collections to be more elegantly and intelligently displayed. By introducing bold new architectural interventions, FuturePlan aims to delight and to inspire visitors, and to continue the museum’s tradition of championing new talent.
FuturePlan Live: Exhibition Road Building Project
The Exhibition Road Building Project will provide a grand new entrance to the museum, a beautiful courtyard and a stunning purpose-built gallery for the museum’s world-class temporary exhibitions. We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their generous support of this project.
FuturePlan Live: Europe 1600 - 1800
These galleries will contain some of the most magnificent and elaborate works of art and design in the V&A collections. Around 1,100 objects will explore European art and design between 1600 and 1800, continuing the displays in the V&A’s award-winning Medieval & Renaissance Galleries and completing the restoration of the entire front wing of the Museum. We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their generous support of this project.
The Weston Cast Court
First opened in 1873, the Cast Courts are among the most popular spaces in the V&A and are the only galleries in the museum that retain their original function. Over their long history, the spaces have been subject to extensive reorganisation and redecoration, concealing much of the original fabric and design intent. Renovation has recently taken place on The Weston Cast Court (Gallery 46b), which re-opened to the public in November 2014. The Court has been named in recognition of The Garfield Weston Foundation’s longstanding and generous support of the V&A. With further support from The Henry Moore Foundation, Patricia Wengraf Ltd., The Salomon Oppenheimer Philanthropic Foundation, and Sam Fogg.
FuturePlan: Completed Projects
Past developments of the Museum building completed under FuturePlan, the V&A's continous programme of transformation. Starting in 2001, FuturePlan projects have been revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections using the best architects and designers, bringing modern design and innovation to the heart of the Museum.