The role of museums in city regeneration

National Portrait Gallery's 'Inspiring People' project - planned new entrance on north side (Jamie Fobert Architects)

Remaining relevant to existing audiences and connecting to new ones, is a constant for our leading galleries and cultural centres. How collections are displayed for enjoyment and act as attractions for the tourist economy, is a keen responsibility for those in charge of our national art collections. Educational initiatives and creating viable event space are also serious considerations.

With this in mind, The National Portrait Gallery, London, is embarking on a £35 million construction programme supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, that will see the creation of new public spaces, a new state of the art Learning Centre, a more welcoming visitor entrance and works to refurbish the building and re-display the collection.