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 even the delivery of the session can be influenced by the space that envelopes them. Take a look around you… is it a ‘friendly’ space? Is there any natural daylight? What is the lighting like? Do you feel inspired? Do you feel cramped or do you feel a sense of freedom?


The Design Museum opened on Shad Thames in 1989 and will soon be saying goodbye to the building that it has loved but sadly outgrown. The Learning Studio, based on the second floor, has seen freelancers and core staff deliver a wealth of workshops from Innovative Materials to the ever popular Mystery Products. With up to 30 students per session, three sessions a day and three days of teaching a week, the space has served us well… and that’s not to mention the other initiatives that the Learning Studio has housed over the years, including Design Ventura, Your Studio workshops and a multitude of family sessions and Get into Design short courses.

Products are studied before a brief is set


Thursday 24th March 2016 was a landmark day for The Leaning Studio. Freelancer Tiffany Radmore delivered the last ever Design Museum workshop – Mystery Products – at Shad Thames to a group of students from Wren Academy in North Finchley, just one week after the exciting announcement that the new Design Museum in High Street Kensington will open its doors to the public on 24th November. The focus of the Museum and the team now turns to the fantastic new home and an innovative education programme that awaits us in west London.


Freelancer Tiffany Radmore facilitates the group

The new Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning at the Design Museum Kensington will comprise of multiple spaces, including a workshop, studio, two seminar rooms and a ‘common room’, all dedicated to direct learning engagement with design. The Museum is making a significant investment in its learning facilities as part of its ongoing commitment and recognition of the fundamental  value of design education in today’s complex world. With the Museum’s collection on permanent display in Designer Maker User, a new free exhibition, the learning output will now focus on client and user briefs. Young visitors will be invited to explore real world problems with a special focus towards STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) to create ingenious, inventive and innovative solutions. The increased space of the new Design Museum will also enable an increased capacity of up to 50,000 learners populating these workshops each year.


Regular workshop will begin in January 2017, with bookings opening from September 2016. We hope that you’ll join us in welcoming the future of museum learning.


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