The Building Exploratory is the only organisation of its kind, devoted to helping people gain a better understanding and engage with the buildings and spaces that surround them.

We work with thousands of people a year; we have a vibrant learning programme, a strong reputation for community engagement and a commitment to providing high quality services which enable people to actively participate in shaping the future of our built environment.

As the Building Exploratory receives virtually no core funding, we need to raise at least 50% of our operating costs from public bodies charitable foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors. Our current supporters are vital partners in our work and we would like to thank them for helping us to achieve outcomes that make a real difference to the lives of people in East London.

For more information about our current programme and projects and how you can support us, please contact Nicole Crockett, our chief executive on 020 7608 0775.

Public Funders

arts council logo City Bridge Trust logo
English Heritage logo LB Hackney logo


Trusts and Foundations

     Thames Wharf Charity

The Statham Family Trust

The Mercers' Company

The City Bridge Trust


Lottery Bodies





The Building Exploratory works with partners and clients from education, culture and the public and private sectors. We are proud to celebrate our relationships with:

ACN logo An independent organisation representing centres of architecture and the built environment in the UK.
dhh The Building Exploratory is part of Discover Hackney, a partnership of ten Hackney based organisations who share common goals around increasing the use and knowledge of the borough's rich heritage and its built environment.
geffrye A museum specialising in the changing style of the English domestic interior, displaying a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.
A museum specialising on Hackney's past and present.
Heatherwick Architecture and design practice established by Thomas Heatherwick.
east Award winning architecture, landscape and urban design practice




Ragged School Museum Popular, family-friendly museum welcomes people of all ages to taste a slice of Victorian life.
The Postcodes Project A Museum of London project where you can discover London's local stories.
RIBA  Bookshops For the latest and best books on architecture, design and construction.
The Twentieth Century Society Safeguarding the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards.
The Construction History Society An organisation interested in the How?, Why? and Where? aspects of buildings from all historical periods and from all over the world.
New London Architecture What's happening now in architecture, planning and development in London.
24hr Museum Virtual directory celebrating national museums, culture and heritage.
The Campaign For Drawing Organisers of the annual October Big Draw, aiming to get everyone drawing.
Shape East The architecture and built environment centre for the Eastern Region.
Timeline A magazine providing an insight into Hackney's inspirational history and heritage.