The Institute of Imagination is a charity creating space for children to re-imagine the world. Our goal is to spark imaginations everywhere and encourage creative learning through our events, training, partnerships and research. We are a UK registered charity that relies entirely on voluntary donations to fund everything we do. Quite simply, we would not exist without the generous support of our funders.

From the first mark on a cave wall to the first footsteps on the Moon, our greatest developments have begun with leaps of someone’s imagination. We believe imagination is a vital human resource and that it needs space to thrive. Our activities provide that much needed space.

We champion new ways to develop future generations of makers, not just consumers. At the heart of this, is the need for a public space that prioritises imagination. Our mission is to realise that public space and our permanent home – the Institute of Imagination Campus. Find out more about our mission and approach here.

We run events and activities across London and beyond. Find out about upcoming activities on  our what’s on page.

If you would like to play a part in helping children to develop the skills they need for the future, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Stephanie Dittmer, Campaign Director at or call 020 7494 9153. If you’re interested in making a one-off donation, you can do so via JustGiving using the link below.

Donate today 

iOi Imagineers programme

The iOi Imagineers are a group of forward thinkers who believe in the power of imagination and are committed to investing in the future of children. We welcome individuals, corporates and trusts and foundations to join the Imagineers family and offer its members exclusive opportunities to get involved with our work at a variety of levels. Find out more about the Imagineers programme here.

You can join our family of Imagineers in the following ways:

Trusts and Foundations
Whether your organisation is focused on children and young people, education, informal learning, families, high need/at risk audiences, culture, STEM or the arts, we will have a project that meets your funding objectives.

Individual Philanthropy
If you are thinking about making a gift towards the Institute of Imagination, we would love to work with you to develop bespoke funding opportunities that will help you achieve your philanthropic goals.

Corporate Partnerships
We work with a range of organisations to develop unique and innovative partnerships. The key principle that underlines all of our corporate relationships is collaboration. We seek to work with organisations in a meaningful way, drawing more than just financial support to build genuine strategic partnerships

iOi Campus

Every child is born with the capability to imagine – bursting with curiosity, wonder and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. But children today have less time and space than ever to flex their imaginations. That’s why we’re creating the iOi Campus, a one of a kind space, which will be a mix between a laboratory, a studio, a gallery, a science centre, a museum and a community centre. And we’re not alone. We’re working with experts, teachers, parents and – most important of all – children, to ensure we provide a space they want and need. We deliver 20,000 engagements annually through our programmes which test and prototype our methods and approach. Get the whole story

other ways you can support the iOi

We’re always looking for people with a passion for changing the world for future generations and would love for you to be involved in the following ways:

Volunteer with us
We would not be able to achieve our impact without the fantastic support from our volunteers. We’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic and willing volunteers to help at our events. We regularly organise Volunteer Evenings, where you can meet the team and get hands on with activities. See when the next Volunteer Evening is here.

Imagination Matters
In November 2017 we launched Imagination Matters, our global campaign to raise awareness of the   importance of imagination to all aspects of human flourishing. We are always looking for contributors so please get in touch if you would like to submit an article and join the conversation. Nourish your mind with articles, blogs, images and videos that showcase the importance of imagination across sectors and in everyday life here.

we believe imagination matters. do you?

Together we can create space for children to re-imagine the world. If you’re interested in helping us explore the power of imagination, fill in this form or you can contact us below. Email Call +44 (0)20 7494 9153

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