2011

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.

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2011

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.

 

2012

Teacher consultation launched

Engagement and consultation with a broad range of primary school teachers and senior leaders from across London began.

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2012

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.

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2013

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.

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2014

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.

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2014

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.

2015

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.

2015

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 gown in scale and ambition.

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2015

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.

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2017

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!

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2017

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.

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2018

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.

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2018

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.

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2023

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.

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