2011

Vision announced

The vision for a Children’s Museum for London is announced and work begins.

White paper report

2011

Champions secured and advisors established

In 2011 we engaged our 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 Jason Silva and Bernadette Duffy CBE as advisors to Champions such as Sir Ken Robinson and Professor Alison Gopnik.

People Behind It

2011

Pre-opening consultation commenced

Consultation workshops began with nurseries and schools, ensuring children’s voices were intrinsic to/embedded into 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 inaugural lecture

Alison Gopnik, an iOi Champion, Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, delivered our inaugural lecture 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

Launch of our Imagination Pods, developed with the help of children with a range of special needs. They have since become very popular in special schools and mainstream schools alike.

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2014

Imagination Lab 1.0 opened

We opened our first physical research and development space at the OXO Tower on London’s South Bank as a space for ‘Imagineers’ – children, their families and teachers – to invent, prototype and test ideas.

2015

Institute of Imagination formally unveiled

Following further development of our vision and approach 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 playfulness and experimentation.

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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 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.

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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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2023

iOi Campus opens

Our search for a permanent home for a new world-class cultural attraction in London continues – we hope to be able to make an announcement in the coming months.

iOi campus