Sir Terence Conran has announced that he is giving cash and donations in kind totalling £17.5m to the Design Museum, helping them to create the world’s leading museum of contemporary design and architecture at the site of the old Commonwealth Institute in London. This gift brings Sir Terence and the Conran Foundation’s support for the museum to £50m over the last 30 years. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt praised the “exceptionally generous” gift, saying it “will not only help this excellent cultural institution move to a new home, but will also help showcase Britain’s ability to produce some of the world’s greatest designers”.
Catalyst Arts - a £40m fund to increase private giving to the arts
Despite being only a year old, Jeremy Hunt said that the Government’s drive to increase philanthropy in arts and culture “already has a huge amount of momentum that is going to make important and lasting changes”.