Green light for go for V&A Museum of Childhood’s kaleidoscope stairs
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A major redevelopment of the famous Museum of Childhood has been given the green light by Tower Hamlets Council.
Work begins late next year for three new galleries and a large exhibition space in the 147-year-old Grade II-listed Victorian building in Bethnal Green.
They include a learning centre for art and design education with studios, a 'kaleidoscope' staircase in the main hall inspired by optical toys from the museum's collection, better lighting and acoustics and a new café.
It is seen as "a significant milestone" by the V&A to become a museum of design and creativity for children and young people.
"The design is rooted in the needs of a 21st century audience while preserving the iconic Victorian structure," the museum's design director Pip Simpson explained.
"This is our ambition to be a world-leading museum of design and creativity for young people."
The proposals first unveiled in the East London Advertiser a year ago have been refined through 30 design sessions involving Tower Hamlets schoolchildren, teachers and community groups.