The Garden Classroom

The Garden Classroom

The Garden Classroom

Artist impression - new interior

Artist impression - new interior

Artist's impression of the new Museum interior

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Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Garden Museum Development

On 30 October 2015 the Garden Museum closed for 15 months for a £7.5million redevelopment project, reopening in early 2017. The Garden Museum Development Project will restore the ancient structure of St Mary-at-Lambeth and transform it into a modern museum. 

With a £3.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery fund and generous donations from over 1000 individuals and Charitable Trusts and Foundations we have so far raised £6.2million towards our target. We must raise the final £1.2 million by March 2017 - when the Garden Museum reopens. 

The Garden Museum Development Project will:

Double the gallery space, and create modern displays which will allow us to display 1,200 objects from our collection (at present we can only display 180)

Recreate part of John Tradescant's Ark, a 'Cabinet of Curiosities' and one of the wonders of 17th century London that included shells and plants, a stuffed penguin and dodo. We are working with the Ashmolean Musuem, who hold the Tradescant Collection, on selecting objects for a long-term loan

Set up the country’s first Archive of Garden Design, to preserve and display the letters, designs, photographs and personal artefacts of our great makers of gardens and to make these accessible for anyone who wishes to view them

Build new pavilions in the garden dedicated to learning and community work including two education rooms - a classroom where we will be able to host both primary and secondary school classes and a second learning space for community groups with cooking facilities - and a bigger and brighter café 

Make a garden that has the atmosphere of a private garden, but is open to everyone for free, with the churchyard restored, a children's play area and increased biodiversity

Install heating, electrics and drainage, which are at breaking point

Interpret and explain the history of our building and neighbourhood, and the people who are buried here


Architects: Dow Jones Architects

Exhibition Design: GuM Studio


How you can support us: 

-  Become a Lifetime Friend

-  Or contact Kezia Evans, Development Officer


Find out more about what we are up to at the moment by going to our News pages. Garden Museum Director is writing a diary for the duration of the Development Project which can be read here


The place where thinking gardeners meet, where you can find out what's going on and what went before...with the new development it will become a centre of real international significance.

Tom Stuart-Smith 


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