The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre

The new World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) at the British Museum has been launched to help the museum care for the most fragile parts of its collections.

The new centre will enable the British Museum to build on current successes, to store, conserve, study and display the collection for the future. It provides state-of-the-art laboratories and studios, world-class stores for the collection, as well as facilities to support an extensive UK and international loan programme.

The redevelopment project was one of the largest in the museum’s 260-year history and took almost four years to complete. The new centre now cements the British Museum’s reputation as a world leader in exhibition, conservation, examination and analysis or cultural objects from across the globe.

Carole Souter, former Chief Executive of HLF, said: “We’re delighted that the building has been so well-received, adding a world-class facility to the British Museum estate.”

The innovative design of the new building has earned a place on the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2017, the winner of which will be announced on Tuesday 31 October.

For more information, please visit the British Museum’s website.  

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