In March 2015 we won the bidding for the London Lighthouse in Notting Hill. In order to take over the new building, our sponsors had to sell the current location.
The Museum took possession of Lancaster Road on 26th June, we closed at Colville Road on 5th July and now have to be out by 31st July! This presents us with a significant challenge.
The Museum is an independent educational charity, we largely run on admissions and venue hire so a period of closure means none of our regular income streams.
We are fundraising for the move but it’s important that we keep the period of closure as short as possible. Many people we’ve spoken to from other Museums who’ve shared similar experiences have told varying stories on the stress and delays of a move. I don’t doubt we’ll face our fair share of challenges.
In our three months of closure we’re not only renovating the new premises, but we’re moving the 12,000 items in our current location and adding more to the displays.
We’re set to reopen in October and we hope to see you there.
Hello readers, I’m Theresa and I joined the Museum as the Manager in June 2013. I’ll be writing blog posts to share the story of our move from Colville Mews to Lancaster Road over the summer of 2015.
When I joined the Museum it was already looking for new premises. Its continued growth, since it opened at Colville Mews in December 2005, meant it had outgrown the current space.
Looking for a home for a Museum is no easy feat but with the hard work of our CEO and Development Director we discovered and secured the Terrence Higgins Trust’s London Lighthouse.
111-117 Lancaster Road was opened in 1988 as an AIDS hospital, and was run by the Terrence Higgins Trust. With strong support from Princess Diana and Elton John the hospital helped thousands of patients and their loved ones.
Over the last 10 years the building has provided space for a variety of hardworking and worthy charities to do their work, we hope to work with many of them in the future. The Museum aims to bring a new lease of life to the building and to the surrounding communities.
The beautiful garden will be maintained as a Memorial to all of those who lived, worked and loved there.