The Garden Museum has been awarded a grant of £3,510,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a development project to restore, upgrade and extend the ancient church of St Mary at Lambeth, and create modern facilities to establish it as the national museum of gardens and gardening.
The project will:
• Double the gallery space, and increase the amount of collection on display from 200 to over 1000 objects and works of art
• Recreate part of John Tradescants’ Ark, made possible by the generosity of the Ashmolean Museum who will provide loans for the gallery
• Set up the first Archive of Garden Design – preserving the records and legacies of great garden designers and makers
• Build new education pavilions in the garden, providing dedicated space for learning activities and school visits
• Create a beautiful new public garden made by Dan Pearson, one of the best landscape designers in the country, open for everyone to enjoy
• Relocate the café to a bigger, purpose-built space within the garden
• Restore and upgrade the facilities in the ancient church, including heating, electrics and drainage
• Interpret the history of the church and local neighbourhood, including opening the medieval tower to the public The Garden Museum must match the HLF’s award and raise £3,069,123 towards the project. So far, over £1.95 million (64%) has been raised. The development project will be completed in 2016.
Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum, said: “This award will make a Museum for a nation of gardeners: five new galleries, space for a hundred public events a year, and the first archive of garden design. But we also want the old building and a new garden to be an oasis in the centre of London. We are very grateful to the HLF for their support in making this exciting project happen.”
Blondel Cluff, Chair of the HLF London Committee said: “The Garden Museum’s unique collection takes us through 400 years of digging, growing, pruning and picking. This major redevelopment will open up the museum’s historic home, creating new gallery and education spaces. With hundreds more objects on display, visitors will be able to delve deeper into this fascinating topic which, by its very nature, is ever-changing.”
For more information, please see www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/garden-museum-development