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 15 years, over 85% 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.
Photography Centre – Phase Two
The V&A has been acquiring photographs since 1852 and now holds one of the largest and most important collections in the world. Comprising over 800,000 objects that encompass the medium's entire history, the museum holds works by the world's leading historic and contemporary photographers. To match the collection's significance, we are creating a new Photography Centre in two phases:
Phase One was opened on 10 October 2018 by the V&A's Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. The refurbishment has more than doubled the permanent gallery space for photography, enabled us to digitise our collections, and created an upgraded state-of-the-art storage facility.
Phase Two (opening in 2022) will establish an impressive photography library and study, two flexible learning and event spaces, and a photographer's studio and dark room.
The V&A Museum of Childhood
Based in Bethnal Green in East London, the V&A Museum of Childhood explores art and design through its world-class collection of children's toys, artefacts and cultures. It is the UK's National Museum of Childhood and is the largest institution of its kind in the world.
The transformative redevelopment project for the V&A Museum of Childhood will enable the much-loved institution to become a world-leading museum of design and creativity for children, families and young people. Developed in collaboration with local children, it will create immersive galleries and flexible learning studios, invigorate the outdoor landscape, reveal and celebrate the building's Grade II listed Victorian architecture, and significantly improve visitor experience.
The new V&A Museum of Childhood will inspire curiosity and build creative confidence among future generations, empowering young people with creative skills and champion learning through play. Four new interactive galleries showcasing pioneering child-centred design will maximise the number of objects on display from the V&A's world-leading collections of art, design and performance, and the National Childhood Collection.
This major transformation will enable us to safeguard the Museum of Childhood's historic building and nationally significant collection for future generations, all in time to celebrate the building's 150th anniversary in 2022.
The Raphael Court
The Raphael Cartoons are among the greatest treasures of the High Renaissance and have been on loan to the V&A from the Royal Collection since 1865. Painted by Raphael Santi (1483 – 1520), the Cartoons are full-scale designs for tapestries made to hang in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.
To mark the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death in 2020, the V&A is embarking on a landmark project to enhance our visitors' understanding and enjoyment of the Raphael Cartoons and the gallery in which they hang.
Our specialist conservators will assess the Cartoons to ensure their preservation for future generations. New research will provide the foundations for innovative interpretation and an exciting digital experience, which will unveil new stories about Raphael’s artistic practice, the creation of the Cartoons and tapestries, and their legacy within the wider development of art and design.
The V&A East project will create two interconnected sites in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – a brand-new museum at Stratford Waterfront, and a new collection and research centre at Here East. They will open in 2023 as part of East Bank, the £1.1bn powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth taking shape in the park as part of the Olympic legacy.
V&A East will provide a 360-degree view of the V&A, and illuminate the breadth of its work in ways that have not been realised before.
How You Can Support Futureplan
FuturePlan is transforming the V&A. Through this programme of renewal we have revitalised the displays, researched and conserved the collections, clarified the layout and restored much of the building's original grand architecture.
FuturePlan is almost entirely funded by private donations and is succeeding thanks to the extraordinary commitment of our supporters. If you would like to get involved, please contact the Development department. We would be delighted to discuss how you can help FuturePlan restore and redesign the V&A.
We are currently working to secure funds for:
- The Museum’s new Photography Centre, which will display highlights from the V&A’s world leading photography collection and establish a photography library, learning spaces, dark room and an artist’s studio.
- The renovation of the Museum of Childhood will establish it as the very best design focused museum for children, and use its world-class collection of children’s toys and artefacts to promote knowledge and enjoyment of the designed world.
We are also seeking funding to support the other activities that make the V&A a world-class centre of excellence and learning in art and design. You can support our programmes that relate to education, acquisitions, conservation and research.
Find out the latest news from the wide range of FuturePlan projects being carried out around the V&A by architects, designers and leading Museum experts.