In the mar­ket for a cap­i­tal mu­seum

Mayor pledges £70m for project at Smith­field

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

THE cap­i­tal will get a new Mu­seum of London after Sadiq Khan pledged £70mil­lion to­wards the new project.

It is set to move to the dis­used part of the mar­ket in Smith­field in 2022 and will cre­ate 1,700

I’m proud this is the big­gest ever cul­tural in­vest­ment made by any mayor of London to date”

new jobs the ac­cord­ing to mu­seum’s cre­ators .

The City of London in city, the Cor­po­ra­tion will do­nate £110m to the project, with the Mayor us­ing a loan payable over 25 years to fund the rest.

Plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions are to be drawn up for 2018 and the mu­seum hopes by the time its com­plete, the at­trac­tion will draw in around two mil­lion vis­i­tors a year.

The City of London Cor­po­ra­tion has pledged to give £110 mil­lion along­side the Mayor’s con­tri­bu­tion

Mr Khan said: “From the out­set of my may­oralty, I pledged to make cul­ture a core pri­or­ity and I’m proud that this is the big­gest ever cul­tural in­vest­ment made by any mayor of London to date.”

The mu­seum, cur­rently at London Wall near the Bar­bican, was es­tab­lished in 1976 and tells the story of the city from 450,000BC.

Its col­lec­tion in­cludes arte­facts from re­mains found at Three Ways Wharf in Uxbridge giv­ing ev­i­dence of the last of the Ice Age Hunters who set up camp there.

Mu­seum di­rec­tor Sharon Ament said: “Work­ing with our de­sign team we can now move for­ward con­fi­dently with de­tailed plans for the new mu­seum and re­main firmly on tar­get to open the new mu­seum in 2022.”

CHANGE OF USE: The mu­seum is planned to at a dis­used part of Smith­field Mar­ket, pic­tured here in July 1954 as meat ra­tioning was lifted after 14 years

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