There are big changes coming to a small area of the City of London (the original square mile bit of London). The Museum of London is going to be moving to the derelict Smithfield Market (and regenerating a very downtrodden area in the process).
As part of their plan to move – the Museum of London have produced three films on the history of Smithfield that details the long history of the area and their plans for it. It’s all very fascinating stuff and exciting. I’ve always liked the Museum of London but hated its location – it’s always been hard to access from the street level and the building itself… is shall we say of the unloved 60’s brutalist school of architecture.
So, here are the video released by the museum in order.
History of Smithfield part one – a new museum
History of Smithfield part two – a history of Smithfield
History of Smithfield part three – Smithfield today
The museum recently launched an architectural competition to get ideas on how they can best convert the spaces to the new uses. They plan to move by 2021. The old museum will be demolished and they will be building a new classical music Concert Hall in its place for the London Symphony Orchestra.