The Migration Museum has today been given the green light for a permanent home in the City of London.
The museum is currently based in a temporary venue in a shopping centre in Lewisham, which is visited by 7,000 people a month.
It plans to remain in Lewisham until at least 2025, while it launches a capital fundraising campaign to raise up to £15m to support the move.
The first three floors of a new student accommodation development at 65 Crutched Friars will home the new purpose-built museum location, developed in partnership with real estate company Dominus.
The new museum will encompass interactive temporary and permanent exhibition galleries, event and education space, outdoor areas for programming and activation and a cafe/restaurant and shop.
The museum said the shop will be a core part of its offer, and will showcase the impact of migration on food and business.
Sophie Henderson, CEO of the Migration Museum, said: “We are creating Britain’s missing museum, exploring how the movement of people to and from the City, London and the UK has shaped who we are – as individuals, as communities and as nations.
“Our temporary venue in Lewisham has been a space of real development and reflection for us. We have been welcomed by local communities with open arms and remain hugely committed to continuing our work within the borough.”