World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre
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The significant legacy left to the Museum in 2003 by Florence Cameron-Coles has been used to support the World Conservations and Exhibitions Centre.
Mrs Cameron-Coles had a keen interest in conserving the Museum’s collections and this has been honoured through acknowledgement of her bequest in this significant new development.
The World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) is transforming the way the British Museum displays, studies and cares for its collection.
The new building has been designed to rationalise and greatly improve the Museum’s operations on-site, and modernise facilities ‘behind-the-scenes’. Construction on the building, designed by Architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, began in spring 2010 and was completed in late 2013.
At approximately 18,000sqm, the WCEC provides four key functions:
- A purpose-built special exhibitions gallery of approximately 1,000sqm, accessed via the north west corner of the Great Court
- State-of-the-art laboratories and studios for the conservation, documentation and research of the collection
- World-class, environmentally controlled stores designed to preserve the study collection (approximately 6,000sqm)
- A centralised collections management centre with dedicated truck lift, loading bay and associated packing, unpacking and work spaces for the receipt and despatch of objects
The WCEC has been one of the largest re-development projects in the Museum’s history. The new centre has been carefully designed to ensure it sits sympathetically within the Museum site.