Thursday, March 27, 2008

£20 million donation from Israeli magnate Sammy Ofer

£20 million for National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich has received a £20 million donation from Israeli shipping magnate and philanthropist Sammy Ofer. Believed to be the largest single donation by an individual to a cultural project in the UK, it will be put towards the creation of a new wing, costing £35 million at the Word Heritage site.

The new wing, due to be completed in time for the 2012 Olympics, will include an 800 sq m exhibition space plus an open archive centre, new learning spaces, a new south entrance, a restaurant, café and shop. NMM Director Dr Kevin Fewster said it would embody "a strategic new direction for the National Maritime Museum".

Donor Sammy Ofer, after whom the extension is expected to be named, has strong links with Britain and served in the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean during World War II. The international shipping group which he founded operates a significant part of its fleet from London with over 90 vessels flying the Red Ensign. (YBW)

Peter Willis, Classic Boat, 27 March 2008


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