We are proud to celebrate the innovation and expertise of the design industry by sponsoring world-class exhibitions and festivals.
London Design Festival
The London Design Festival is an annual event which celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. The festival was conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans, and builds on London's existing design activity. Their concept was to create an annual event that would promote the city's creativity, drawing in the country's greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to a deliver an unmissable celebration of design.
We have supported the London Design Festival since 2011. And this year, we are sponsoring The Global Design Forum, a one-day event that brings together an alliance of design luminaries, organisations and talents to debate the issues and pressure points that are really affecting the design industry. We are also sponsors of The London Design Medal, one of British design's most coveted accolades, awarded each year by the London Design Festival to an individual who has made an immense contribution to design and London.
The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels
The Museum of London tells the story of the world’s greatest city and its people. It cares for more than two million objects in its collections and attracts over 400,000 visitors per year. In October 2013, the museum will open a major new exhibition investigating the secrets of The Cheapside Hoard. This extraordinary and priceless cache of late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones – displayed in its entirety for the first time in over a century – was discovered in 1912, buried in a cellar on Cheapside in the City of London.
We are privileged to be a co-sponsor of The Cheapside Hoard (11 October 2013 – 27 April 2014), building upon our rich heritage inextricably linked to London and the creative industries. The exhibition showcases a wealth of insights into Elizabethan and Jacobean London as a centre of craftsmanship and conspicuous consumption, at the crossroads of the Old and New Worlds. This will be the first time Coutts has worked with the Museum of London.