Online Design Thinking

The Design Ventura team (a subset of our learning team) have been looking at ways to use technology to increase the reach of the programme. The maturation of online conferencing tools, our new website and the forthcoming move to Design Museum, Kensington make this an interesting time to explore possibilities. Design Ventura Design Ventura is […]

Design Week in Beirut

My recent holiday to Lebanon had a serendipitous design connection – coinciding with Beirut Design Week.  At the Design Museum we’re thinking about how the Design Museum in Kensington can showcase design practice and support and inspire public engagement with design.   Beirut Design Week was a great way to explore these ideas in another city. This […]

Audience Day at the Design Museum

Why Audience Day? The Design Museum is moving to a new home. It’s a complicated, multilayered process involving museum staff, designers, architects, consultants, project managers, developers, volunteers and partners. Not to mention several millions of pounds. With an enormous, once-in-a-lifetime project of this scale and complexity, it is perfectly possible to put your head down […]

Listening and learning: Audience Consultation

Over the last six months, 119 people have taken part in our wide ranging audience consultation on subjects ranging from exhibitions to websites to learning.   Rhiannon Green and I have been leading on this process, which has already made real changes to the museum – and there is more to come. Current audience research tells […]

Design, Happiness and Museum Learning

Does design make you happy? This was the question tackled by designers Thomas Thwaites  and J Paul Neeley at our recent free weekend talk ‘Design Happiness’ – part of our adult focused HLF activity. This was the first event I ran at the Design Museum. (Hi – I’m Thalia, the new Public Programme Manager) and it […]


Learning team introducing The New Year at the Design Museum sees the Learning team embracing an intensive, exciting period of change and development as we journey towards the new Design Museum.  We’re delighted to welcome new team members: Thalia Allington-Wood as Learning Manager Public Programmes and Richard Smartt as Digital Learning Manager Design Ventura.  Richard is […]

Form Follows Festivities

A year in Design Museum Learning As 2013 draws to a close, Designerly Learning recasts that old design (roasted?) chestnut ‘form follows function‘ as …  Form follows Festivities.  First then, a celebration of this year’s achievements in laying the groundwork for learning in 2013 at the new Design Museum, followed by a look ahead to what’s in […]