Germany choose to spend 2012 Olympics at Docklands museum
AN AGREEMENT has been reached for the first ‘nation house’ to host an Olympic team during the 2012 London Games.
The Museum of Docklands has signed a deal with the Germany Olympic Committee to provide VIP hospitality and meeting facilities for their guests.
They will range from medal-winning athletes and key Olympic figures to political, cultural and business big-wigs.
The West India Quay building, which dates back to the early 19th century, will also become the German press facility and media lounge.
Professor Jack Lohman, Director of the Museum of London, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the first Olympic house to the Olympic boroughs.
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“This partnership will bring lasting benefits to the Museum of London Docklands, including upgrades to the building, international links with Stories of the World – the London 2012 cultural festival for young people, and relationship-building with German businesses.
“As a publicly funded organisation, these benefits are both extremely valuable and timely.”
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The museum, which tells the story of the emergence of London’s Docks from Roman times to the present day, will stay open throughout the Olympics.
The listed Georgian warehouse, built to store sugar from the West India, has seen a major increase in visitor numbers since becoming free to enter earlier this year.