Smithfield museum vision is unveiled
Museum of London set for £332m switch to empty part of famous meat market
22 November, 2019 — By Emily Finch
An artist’s illustration of how the new Museum of London’s interior will look at Smithfield
ISLINGTON residents were given their first glimpse of what the new Museum of London will look like once it moves into an empty part of Smithfield Meat Market.
Community leaders were shown the planned exhibition spaces and building design at a presentation on Monday night.
Finbarr Whooley, the director of content at the current museum in the City, explained how he wants residents to be at the centre of the “recent history” space of the museum.
“We very much see this as a shared space between us and the visitors,” he said.
How the new museum – with green roof – will look near the meat market
The Museum of London said they would be doing further outreach work with the community ahead of the planned completion of the switch in 2024.
There will be six exhibition spaces in the former poultry and general market area at Smithfield which will span the “deep” history of London to the modern era.
The buildings are Grade II-listed and the museum move is set to cost £332million with £44m yet to be raised.
Finbarr Whooley presents the plans at Monday’s meeting
The country’s largest meat market still operates from Smithfield where there has been meat trading since the 12th century.
The western parts of the site were sold to the City of London for £35m in 2016 ahead of the museum move.
The City of London published the results of their consultation last month. They said 70 per cent of respondents showed “general support” for merging Smithfield market, Billingsate fish market and New Spitalfieds fruit and veg market to a new site in Dagenham.
They acknowledged that feedback from the market tenants was “more mixed”.