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News - February/March 2018
V&A Dundee to open this September
Photo courtesy of Ross Fraser McLean
V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, is set to open to the public this September.
Standing at the heart of a £1bn redevelopment of the Dundee waterfront, once part of the city’s docklands, the museum has been designed by Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates. It will be the only V&A museum outside of London and will feature permanent galleries of Scottish design, new design commissions, temporary installations by emerging designers and creative projects developed through the museum’s learning programme.
The central permanent exhibition is the Scottish Design Galleries, which tells the story of Scotland’s design heritage. This includes Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s fully restored Oak Room, which is a 13.5m-long panelled room and was originally designed for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street tearooms in Glasgow in 1907, before being saved and placed in storage in hundreds of pieces almost 50 years ago. Another of the exhibits in the permanent collection is its oldest item, a 15th century book of illuminated manuscripts called the Book of Hours. The galleries, which will display around 300 pieces ranging from architecture to fashion, healthcare to furniture, and engineering to video game design, will be free to enter.
V&A Dundee has worked with its counterpart in London and is being developed with support from the Scottish Government, Heritage Lottery Fund, Dundee City Council, the UK Government, Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, University of Dundee, Abertay University and many trusts and private donors.
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