The new Design Museum on film

My name is Kirsty Millward, and I am the Collections Officer at the Design Museum. I am responsible for the management and administration of the permanent collections, the new Sackler Library and the Design Museum’s archives. Working as a Collections Officer means no two days at the office are ever the same, which certainly keeps […]

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Shad Thames workshop Programme – The end of a era

Whether it’s a tidy room, a cluttered desk, a crowded coffee shop or your local park on a sunny day, the space in which we work can affect our creativity and productivity. It will come as no surprise that learning spaces can vastly affect the sessions that take place within them. A learner’s focus and […]

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Design Ventura.. a celebration of young talent.

Design Ventura offers UK secondary schools the opportunity to develop a product from a real design brief, and to work with experts from the design industry and business professionals. The project offers extensive resources for teachers and a CPD programme to support the delivery of the project in schools, as well as a programme of […]

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A designerly learning New Year

A designerly learning New Year to all – may it be replete with creativity, courage and kindness. We have a thrilling (if challenging!) year ahead, with our new site due to open at the end of 2016. While the end of 2015 saw us bid a fond farewell to Flora, Audience Development Manager for our […]

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Surviving – and Thriving

As part of our transition from Shad Thames to our new home in Kensington, the museum has benefited from the support of the Arts Council’s Survive and Thrive programme. With the guidance of Museums Development Officers and sector peers, we have identified working with communities as a key developmental ambition (see Transformers post). To this end, last […]

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Design(ing) Residencies for the Future

If you’re a cultural and creative industries enthusiast, you’ll have noticed the step change in the fields of design and museology.  Both are becoming more human-centred in their approach.  This is interesting when we look at plans for Designers in Residence at the Design Museum. I’m Saskia Coulson, I ran a staff workshop at the […]

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A Designerly Ding Dong Merrily on High

As a busy and richly productive 2014 draws to a close and the festive season fast beckons, designerlylearning celebrates and reflects on a number of key themes within the process of transition and transformation towards the Design Museum in Kensington.  Over the year, we have worked intensively with audiences to shape the learning and visitor offer;  created […]

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Creating a business plan for a new museum

It’s quite unusual for Finance people to write blogs. Especially blogs for a site called ‘Designerly Learning’. We’re all about spreadsheets, invoices and budgets, aren’t we? But we’re also about business planning, which is just a bit more interesting. I’d like to share with you my experience of leading the 5 year business plan process […]

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