Opening of Media Space is delayed until September - Museums Association

Opening of Media Space is delayed until September

Setbacks cause date to be put back three months
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The opening of the £4m Media Space at the Science Museum in London has been delayed by three months following several setbacks.

The gallery, which will showcase the National Photography Collection, is a collaboration between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum, which are both part of the Science Museum Group.

Media Space will open in September, as its development has been affected by a restructure at the National Media Museum, including the departure of its director Colin Philpott last April.

Media Space project  director Charlotte Cotton also resigned last March. Hannah Redler, who leads the Science Museum’s arts programme, is now head of the gallery.

A statement from the Science Museum said: “There have been many changes throughout the history of the project. All of these have had an impact and the project has started on-site later than anticipated. Taking into account contingency time for delays, we felt that there was too short a time to realistically finish the build and install the first exhibitions in time for a June opening.”

The first exhibition at Media Space was to have been Revelations: Experiments in Photography, but this has been changed to one on Tony Ray-Jones, an English-born photographer who died in 1972.

It is being curated by photographer Martin Parr alongside Greg Hobson, curator of photographs at the National Media Museum.

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