Vision announced and Champions secured
We announced a vision for a Children’s Museum for London. We engaged a close group of advisors and named our first Champions. Since then we have built an impressive network of leaders in the fields of arts, sciences, learning and technology – from Rohan Silva and Bernadette Duffy CBE as advisors to Champions such as Sir Ken Robinson and Professor Alison Gopnik.
Consultation with children commenced
Consultation workshops began with nurseries and schools and continue today, ensuring children’s ideas are at the heart of everything we do.
Teacher consultation launched
Engagement and consultation with a broad range of primary school teachers and senior leaders from across London began.
Prof. Alison Gopnik delivers an inaugural lecture
Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, USA and iOi Champion delivered our inaugural lecture, held at the Wellcome Collection.
First Creative Lab pop-up
Creative lab pop-ups began at the Bromley-by-Bow Community Centre and TreeHouse school for children with autism. Both projects allowed us to test and evaluate our approach.
Imagination Pods launched
We launched our Imagination Pods, developed with the help of children with a range of special educational needs. They have since become very popular resources for SEND and mainstream students alike.
Imagination Lab 1.0 opened
We opened our first pop-up research and development space at the OXO Tower on London’s South Bank as a space for children, their families and teachers to invent, prototype and test ideas.
We official became the Institute of Imagination
Following further development of our vision and approach and putting consultation with teachers, experts and children into practice, we transformed from Children’s Museum London to the Institute of Imagination.
First Institute of Imagination Mini Maker Faire
In May 2015, 400 young makers, parents and carers joined our team of 18 innovative Makers to re-imagine the world through playful activities and experimentation. This was our first large-scale event and since then, our events have continued to grow in scale and ambition.
Launch of mobile Imagination Lab
The Clore Prize-funded Mobile Imagination Lab developed in partnership with People United and designed by our commissioned artist Goldie was launched in summer 2015.
Imagination Lab 2.0 opened
We opened our first semi-permanent Imagination Lab, at The Workshop on London’s Albert Embankment where we continue to run activities from today!
Imagination Matters campaign launched
We launched our first global campaign for the imagination in November 2017. With supporters from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to Dame Darcey Bussell, this campaign draws together people and ideas that champion the power of imagination in all our lives.
First cultural residency announced
In March 2018, we announced Super City as the winning concept for our first cultural residency. Over 4 months, a mini-city of buildings populated by people, transport and infrastructure was created collaboratively by children and adults and can be experienced in the Lab today. We’re delighted to be running a second residency in 2019.
Award-winning programmes and new partnerships
Throughout 2018, we continued to grow our partnership activity. From a residency at the The Hub at Wellcome Collection and a takeover day at Tate Britain to our award-winning RE:CODE London schools programme with LEGO Group and the Mayor of London, partnerships and collaboration were at the heart of our activities throughout 2018.
iOi Campus opens
Our search for a permanent home for a new world-class cultural attraction in London continues – stay tuned for updates in the coming months.