Immediate Past Master Barry Munday kindly arranged a group tour of the new Museum of London site at Smithfield Market. It provided a wonderful opportunity to get a better understanding of the very exciting plans for the future of the Market and the stage the Museum project has reached.
The Master and Wardens were enormously impressed by the scale of what is proposed and the plans to make the Museum as open and accessible as possible. As you can see from the photographs, the site visit provided a fascinating insight into the historic market buildings and the challenges and opportunities they pose during the redevelopment project and beyond.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: ‘The world’s greatest city deserves the word’s greatest museum. This major landmark project will be the jewel in our crown’.
The Museum can only achieve this extraordinary project with the support of its’ major partners and donors They come from all walks of life, and include public institutions, charitable trusts, philanthropists, businesses, lottery players and people who love London.
To save these historic buildings and turn them into ta world class museum will cost £332M.
None of this would be possible without the City of London, which is providing the buildings themselves and investing at least £192M in vital renovations. A further £70M commitment has been made by the Mayor of London.
The Museum has set out to raise a further £70M – the crucial funding which will transform a famous market of the past into an astonishing museum for the future. The Goldsmiths’ Company and its affiliated charity, the Lindbury Trust, have each pledged £10M to become Founders of the new museum. Initial support has also been offered by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and by global Law Firm DLA Piper, the project’s inaugural champion.
The Museum of London now needs to raise the remaining £44M to support the project and we have agreed to help promote this initiative to create a new museum for London – one of the largest and most exciting cultural projects in Europe. The architects for the project are Stanton Williams, Asif Khan and Julian Harrap.
Thanks to the Renter Warden, Chris Dyson, for the beautiful photographs.