Sir John Soane's Museum

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Sir John Soane, R.A., architect, was born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, and died after a long and distinguished career, in 1837. Soane designed his house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. Having been deeply disappointed by the conduct of his two so

ns, one of whom survived him, he determined to establish the house as a museum to which ‘amateurs and students’ should have access. The Museum is a building of outstanding originality, with its picturesque vistas and inventive handling of light and space. He filled it with a remarkable collection of art, sculpture, books, drawings and models. The collection includes paintings by Hogarth, Canaletto, Turner and Reynolds; antique sculpture; plaster casts; architectural models and an Egyptian sarcophagus. The objects are arranged in a labyrinth of top-lit spaces, decorated with hundreds of mirrors.

We’re delighted to share that Will Gompertz has been appointed as our new Director! 🎉Will, who is currently Artistic Dir...
04/08/2023

We’re delighted to share that Will Gompertz has been appointed as our new Director! 🎉

Will, who is currently Artistic Director at the Barbican and will be familiar to many for his eleven years at the BBC as Arts Editor, will take up the post in January, following in the footsteps of Dr Bruce Boucher, the Deborah Loeb Brice Director, who will retire at the end of 2023 after nearly eight years leading the Museum through a period of great change and success. Will said: “I look forward to championing the Museum and Soane’s vision, bringing audiences to our newly-restored home and taking Soane’s vision out into the world.”

Please join us in welcoming Will to the Museum! 👋

More: https://bit.ly/3Oids0t 📰

📸 Sam Churchill

Landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith exploring the Soane’s own unique 'garden', the Monk’s Yard! 💐🏺On 5 June, Tom – who ...
18/05/2023

Landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith exploring the Soane’s own unique 'garden', the Monk’s Yard! 💐🏺

On 5 June, Tom – who has designed gardens, parks and landscapes throughout the world – will be in conversation with author and critic Alice Rawsthorn for our next talk at the Soane, exploring his creative practice through the lens of a single object.

Find out more: bit.ly/3OkHDWg 🎟️

Curious to learn more about Sir John Soane’s  ? ✍️🔍 Join our Inspectress and Deputy Director Helen Dorey for a fascinati...
13/05/2023

Curious to learn more about Sir John Soane’s ? ✍️🔍

Join our Inspectress and Deputy Director Helen Dorey for a fascinating talk about a day in the life of Soane’s architecture pupils, and explore the Office yourself.

17 May, 6.15pm | Find out more: https://bit.ly/3BhCXcb 🎟️

📸 Gareth Gardner

Nearly two centuries ago, Soane’s London witnessed another  ! 👑✍️Celebrated painter George Jones RA made a pair of sketc...
05/05/2023

Nearly two centuries ago, Soane’s London witnessed another ! 👑✍️

Celebrated painter George Jones RA made a pair of sketches inside Westminster Abbey during the coronation of King William IV and Queen Adelaide on 26 June 1830. George Jones may have intended to work these sketches up to produce a large oil painting of the scene, but if there ever was such a work its whereabouts is unknown. He was known for producing large-scale works recording famous military victories and national events; Jones won a prize for his ‘Battle of Waterloo’ in 1820, which now hangs in the Royal Hospital Chelsea, in an interior designed by Soane. He also painted ‘The Opening of the New London Bridge’ in 1831, commissioned by Sir John, which now hangs in our North Drawing Room.

Even in these modest sketches, Jones’ famed talent for capturing the characterful details of crowded, monumental scenes shines through! 🖼️

Today we open for   week, so the frontage of the Museum has been decorated with a charming floral display of red, white ...
03/05/2023

Today we open for week, so the frontage of the Museum has been decorated with a charming floral display of red, white and blue, courtesy of Bloomsbury Flowers – including these marvellous floral crowns. 💐👑

Do pop by to take a look. We’ll be open on the bank holiday too! 👋

19/04/2023

Hear from top designers in a unique series of inspirational talks at the Soane! 😍✨
These are the wonderful speakers for our fourth season of By Design, a public talk series in which top designers discuss their practice, through the lens of a single object.
Kicking off with the amazing lighting designer Peter Woodroffe on 9 May, this season will also feature architect Farshid Moussavi, garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith, fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic, interior designer Emily Todhunter and artist Alvaro Barrington, with Will Gompertz and Alice Rawsthorn chairing. What a line-up!
Each event, made possible by the support of Luke Irwin, will offer you the chance to hear from these remarkable creative voices and after-hours access to the many beautiful spaces of the Soane, followed by an intimate drinks reception in the newly restored South Drawing Room. We hope these talks will be enlightening for anyone with a passion for creativity and design.
Tickets are on sale now: https://www.soane.org/by-design

Check out the sheer mass of this monumental mausoleum design! 🤯🏛️This year, we’re celebrating the tercentenary of the bi...
15/04/2023

Check out the sheer mass of this monumental mausoleum design! 🤯🏛️

This year, we’re celebrating the tercentenary of the birth of Sir William Chambers (1723 – 1796), one of the most acclaimed architects of the later eighteenth century and one of Soane’s architectural inspirations. This extraordinary design for a mausoleum for Frederick Prince of Wales is considered to be one of Chambers’ most magnificent conceptions, and although never built, the exercise won Chambers a loyal patron in Frederick’s widow, Princess Augusta. 👑

At the time of the prince’s death, in March 1751, Chambers was studying in Italy and this neoclassical monument is heavily influenced by Roman funerary architecture. Perhaps intended for the prince’s estate at Kew, where Chambers would go on to design more than twenty buildings and follies, the enormous scale of the design is indicated by the minute figures depicted – looking up in understandable awe! 😲

You find out more about the relationship between Chambers and Soane by exploring our online exhibition: https://bit.ly/3KWwsRz 📜

We love the elegant sweep and rich colours of the Soane’s beautiful staircase! 😍Owing to a peculiarity of the site on wh...
29/03/2023

We love the elegant sweep and rich colours of the Soane’s beautiful staircase! 😍

Owing to a peculiarity of the site on which no. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields is built, the staircase broadens on the northern wall – which creates this beguilingly asymmetric shape from above. Light floods right down through the house from up here, and on London’s occasional brighter days, it’s a delight to watch the colours and shadows shift across Sir John’s unique collections arranged below. 🏘️⛅

Photo: Yifan Liu

We adore these lovely drawings of the Museum, made nearly a century ago! 😍These works were presented to the Museum by th...
15/03/2023

We adore these lovely drawings of the Museum, made nearly a century ago! 😍

These works were presented to the Museum by their talented creator Percy May in 1944, but were in fact sketched two decades earlier, on 20 March 1925, some 98 years ago. We discovered this precise detail by looking back at the Curator’s Diary; a priceless record, of which there is an unbroken record in our archives, that helps us investigate any and all goings on at the Museum in days gone by. The diary for that spring day in 1925, kept by then-Curator and architectural historian Arthur T. Bolton, notes ‘P May to come to make sketches’. It’s recorded that Arthur and Percy would work together again later that year, spending a day studying Osterley House in West London, before May’s sketches were reproduced in a book about Soane, published by Bolton, in 1927. Unfortunately, there are no records to suggest who the characterful figure reading in the sketch of the Breakfast Room might have been. A Hitchcockian cameo by the artist? Or our erstwhile curator, captured for posterity? 🖼️

The Soane continues to be a proud hub for drawing: pop in to see our current exhibition 'The Architecture Drawing Prize' and discover unique visions of our built environment from around the world which, we’re sure, Percy and Arthur would have found most engaging! 🤯

F***y the Dog is off on loan to the Wallace Collection! 🖼️🐶Described by a family friend as ‘a good and true little dog, ...
09/03/2023

F***y the Dog is off on loan to the Wallace Collection! 🖼️🐶

Described by a family friend as ‘a good and true little dog, worthy for her intelligence and affection, to be tenderly recollected’, this depiction of John and Eliza Soane’s beloved Manchester Terrier, painted by James Ward RA, is joining the Wallace’s new exhibition ‘Portraits of Dogs: From Gainsborough to Hockney’. The show opens on 29 March. 🎨

Before departing, F***y has spent some time in our Conservation Lab, where her frame has undergone vital restoration, to ensure she can shine amongst an exhibition of 50 carefully selected paintings, sculptures, drawings, works of art and taxidermy – exploring the relationship between humans and their four-legged friends.⁠

F***y will return to the Soane in the autumn. So for now, farewell! 👋

Photo: Molly Magrath

A wonderful opportunity to join the Soane: could you lead our amazing team of volunteers? ✨We depend on the enthusiasm a...
28/02/2023

A wonderful opportunity to join the Soane: could you lead our amazing team of volunteers? ✨

We depend on the enthusiasm and expertise of our volunteers to remain open to the public and to share the stories of Soane’s life and collection. As our Volunteer Manager, you would be responsible for recruiting, training, and managing around a hundred volunteers in a variety of roles, working closely with our Front of House team to ensure the best visitor experience for our visitors and a wonderful work environment for the whole team. 🏛️

Find out more about the opportunity: https://bit.ly/3Y6S4xW. Any questions, let us know! 👌

Image: Matt Clayton

Why did Sir John Soane keep a lock of Napoleon Bonaparte’s hair in a ring? 👑🤔The lock was given to Soane by Betsy Balcom...
23/02/2023

Why did Sir John Soane keep a lock of Napoleon Bonaparte’s hair in a ring? 👑🤔

The lock was given to Soane by Betsy Balcombe, the daughter of an official on the island of St. Helena who befriended the exiled Emperor in his final days. Betsy is thought to have been in London between 1818 and 1823, so likely sent Soane the hair either after meeting him or having heard of his collector’s interest in the Emperor.

The mourning ring expresses Soane's personal feelings about Napoleon's death – a global figure of fascination for many. It was such a treasured and private possession that it was not listed in the early draft inventories of Soane’s museum drawn up in the last two years of his life, but instead featured in his Will as one of a small group of items to be kept as heirlooms by his family.

Discover how the ring returned to the Museum’s collection and learn more about Sir John’s varied collection of ‘Napoleonica’ at our upcoming ‘In Focus’ talk. Tickets available here: https://bit.ly/3xNceSR 🎟️

We love these elegant drawings of the Soane’s beautiful country villa: Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing! 😍🏠These atmospheric w...
19/02/2023

We love these elegant drawings of the Soane’s beautiful country villa: Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing! 😍🏠

These atmospheric watercolours were produced before the completion of the Manor in 1803 – their status as designs rather than ‘as-executed’ views is hinted at by the theatrical stage curtains which run across the top of the scenes. Both views feature Soane's beloved wife, Eliza. It was hoped that the project of creating a perfect family home at Pitzhanger would inspire their sons, John Junior and George, into successful careers in architecture.

There were many design commonalities between Pitzhanger and Sir John’s simultaneous and subsequent work at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, with some spaces at Pitzhanger – like the basement ‘Monk’s Dining Room’ – being a direct predecessor to the Monk’s Parlour that would follow, added to his Museum, in the 1820s. Pitzhanger was far removed from the noise and business of Georgian London, although Sir John would regularly commute on foot between Holborn and their handsome country pile. These days, it’s far simpler to hop on the Central Line. So, why not plan a Soanean day out this Spring to visit both? 👋🏛️

A question we’re often asked: why does our bust of John Soane look like Julius Caesar? 🤔This marble sculpture was presen...
17/02/2023

A question we’re often asked: why does our bust of John Soane look like Julius Caesar? 🤔

This marble sculpture was presented to him by his friend, the sculptor Francis Chantrey, in 1829. It took him two years to craft, with Soane sitting for him – although presumably not in a toga. It has been speculated that the likeness to Caesar is a reference to Soane’s love of the classical world, but of his own work, Chantrey wrote: “Whether the bust shall be considered John Soane or Julius Caesar is a point that cannot be determined by either you or me. I will however, maintain that as a work of art I have never produced a better.” ✨

‘My work is unknowable and mysterious but undeniably excellent’: a position on one’s own creativity we can all aspire to! 🎨

Have you ever been on a date to Sir John Soane’s Museum? How did it go? ❤️There’s nothing quite like our candlelit eveni...
14/02/2023

Have you ever been on a date to Sir John Soane’s Museum? How did it go? ❤️

There’s nothing quite like our candlelit evenings – warm light and deep shadow playing across the many sculptures, paintings and unique spaces of the Museum. If you’re in need of date inspiration this Valentines Day, our upcoming March is set to be a wonderfully atmospheric occasion, celebrating Soane’s mastery of architectural drawing and illuminating the stories behind prized elements of his collection. 🕯️

⏰ Friday 31 March, entry from 6pm | Book your tickets today: https://bit.ly/3lDQBl2 🎟️

Photo: Alexander Newton

Would you take tea in the Parlour of Padre Giovanni? ☕🙏The centre of a Monastic ‘suite’ at the heart of his Museum, the ...
10/02/2023

Would you take tea in the Parlour of Padre Giovanni? ☕🙏

The centre of a Monastic ‘suite’ at the heart of his Museum, the Monk’s Parlour was Sir John Soane’s unique halfway house between extravagant satirical fancy and an unforgettable spot to bring guests for coffee and cake. Padre Giovanni (or Father John 😉) was the fictional occupant of these atmospheric rooms, created by Soane to entertain his visitors!

The room is decorated with a symphony of eclectic treasures from around the world and many ornaments in the gothic style, including some acquired by Soane from Henry VII’s chapel at Westminster Abbey. The extraordinary stained glass windows – reflected here in the mirrors of the north wall – are an elaborate composition of ancient Flemish pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries.

For a statement space that was, by Soane’s own admission, a little ‘nonsensical’, the Monk’s Parlour’s historic and architectural credentials are prestigious indeed! ✨

Photos: Yifan Liu

We’re delighted to introduce the overall winners of the  ! 🏆✏️This is the hybrid drawing ‘Fitzroy Food Institute’ by Sam...
07/02/2023

We’re delighted to introduce the overall winners of the ! 🏆✏️

This is the hybrid drawing ‘Fitzroy Food Institute’ by Samuel Wen and Michael Ren. Their project combines different architectural forms, hand-drawn elements and rendering techniques to depict a ‘dumpling institute’ – with the pair seeking to deviate from traditional orientalist attitudes towards Chinese culture, while also examining ideas of globalisation and automation.

Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects and Prize judge, commented: “Fitzroy Food Institute stands out for its well-considered and subtle use of colour. It’s a very accessible drawing looking over a shared meal at a table; yet it is full of architectural interest featuring not only a plan, but sections and elevations as well as detail. A conceptually original and genuinely delightful entry!” 🎉

Shortlisted and awarded works will be on display at the Soane from tomorrow, alongside a fascinating display of archival materials detailing the history of drawing in the Museum. Do pop in to see the extraordinary works up close! 🔍

As always, a huge thank you to Make Architects and the World Architecture Festival for collaborating on the Prize, and to Iris Ceramica for their generous support. 👏

A key element of caring for a house museum: the occasional burst of redecorating! 🎨🖌️The North and South Drawing Rooms o...
03/02/2023

A key element of caring for a house museum: the occasional burst of redecorating! 🎨🖌️

The North and South Drawing Rooms on the first floor of no. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields will be closed from 20 February for eight weeks, as the South Drawing Room is completely redecorated to ensure it is kept as it was left by Soane, on his death in 1837. The room will be repainted in the authentic ‘Turner’s Patent Yellow’ colour used by Sir John, with bronzed mouldings and the off-white ceiling similarly restored.

Specialist cabinet-maker Peter Holmes will be repairing and replacing the curved skirting board at the west end of the room, and structural works will also be carried out to protect the fragile roof of the ‘Loggia’, which faces out into Lincoln’s Inn Fields. All this critical conservation will ensure that this bright and elegant space will be protected – and looking its very best – well into the future! 👏

For more information on how these works might impact your visit, head to our website: https://bit.ly/3HzJMbw 📜

Photo: Celia Rogge

Sir John Soane’s ‘sarcophagus parties’ of 1825 lived long in the memory! 🕯️🎉Soane hosted three evenings to welcome the S...
31/01/2023

Sir John Soane’s ‘sarcophagus parties’ of 1825 lived long in the memory! 🕯️🎉

Soane hosted three evenings to welcome the Sarcophagus of Seti I to his collection, with almost 900 of Regency London’s most ‘distinguished fashionables and literary characters’ in attendance. At the centre of the celebrations, the sarcophagus was illuminated from within by lamps, just like this, demonstrating the magical effect of light on this vast block of alabaster – see how the beautiful hieroglyphics jump out and dance in the glow. 🔥

A team of waiting staff were hired to help the party go with a swing; the guests very efficiently got through six pounds of tea and 31 pounds of sugar over the three nights, alongside quantities of brandy, ale, and porter. A party attendee, who rubbed shoulders with fellow attendees Samuel Taylor Coleridge, J.M.W. Turner and the Duke of Sussex, wrote in an excitable letter: “It was the finest fun imaginable to see the people come into the Library after wandering about below, amidst tombs and capitals, with a sort of expression of delighted relief at finding themselves among the living, and with coffee and cake!” 🍰☕

“Architecture from the earliest periods has engaged the attention of mankind. It protects us from the shivering lightnin...
20/01/2023

“Architecture from the earliest periods has engaged the attention of mankind. It protects us from the shivering lightnings and furious tempests, from the heats of summer and the severities of winter; and by its powers the comforts, conveniences, and refinements of life are increased.” 🏘️

Remembering Sir John Soane, on the anniversary of his passing, 186 years ago today. ⏳

Isn’t this watercolour of the Museum’s Dome just breathtaking? 😍 It dates from 1811, and was painted by J.M. Gandy, Soan...
17/01/2023

Isn’t this watercolour of the Museum’s Dome just breathtaking? 😍

It dates from 1811, and was painted by J.M. Gandy, Soane’s chosen draughtsman and friend. The use of directed light is so dramatic, even contemporary, it makes the space feel particularly cavernous and otherworldly. To this day, we use uplighting in this space for our – inspired by this very painting! ✨

The Dome was built in 1808-09, making it the oldest part of the Museum – many of the casts and antiquities seen here were subsequently moved as Sir John expanded his collection across the breadth of nos. 12, 13 and 14 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. What were once back yards and stable blocks became extraordinary spaces for the display of art, the Colonnade and Picture Room following later in the 1820s – but the Dome was Soane’s first step in turning his home into an academy of architecture and a shared place of inspiration. 💡

In the low light of a  , the many faces of Sir John Soane’s collections take on an air of mystery! 🕯️ By candle and lamp...
14/01/2023

In the low light of a , the many faces of Sir John Soane’s collections take on an air of mystery! 🕯️

By candle and lamplight, the Museum’s Crypt and Sepulchral Chamber, and the characterful gothic details of the Monk’s Parlour, are transformed and transfixing – transporting you back to a time when the London outside this unique space was an entirely different city.

Join us for our upcoming in February – a spellbinding evening that will illuminate the unique stories behind the statues, artworks, and rooms of Sir John’s remarkable home. Head to our website to find out more and book your place: https://bit.ly/3w79hM1 🎟️🥂

The restoration of Sir John Soane’s Drawing Office is reaching its final stages! 🎉 Every year, the Museum closes for a w...
11/01/2023

The restoration of Sir John Soane’s Drawing Office is reaching its final stages! 🎉

Every year, the Museum closes for a week in January to carry out important cleaning and conservation work. This week, on top of this vital maintenance, we’re undertaking the rehanging and return of more than two hundred beautiful architectural casts and objects to the newly renovated Drawing Office and neighbouring Colonnade. These delicate works have been painstakingly restored over the past year by our Conservation team and colleagues from Taylor Pearce Restoration, and now must be carefully reinstated, exactly as they were positioned by Soane, two centuries ago. ⏳

The Museum will reopen after these works on Wednesday 18 January, and the Drawing Office will open to the public tours later in the Spring. More updates are coming soon, so watch this space! 🔍

A New Year treat for you! 🎁 You can now listen back to fascinating talks by milliner Stephen Jones, artist Cornelia Park...
07/01/2023

A New Year treat for you! 🎁 You can now listen back to fascinating talks by milliner Stephen Jones, artist Cornelia Parker, interiors maestro Martin Brudnizki, and architect Sophie Hicks – the speakers from our third season of ! 🎧✨

Our 2022 talks, hosted in partnership with Luke Irwin, were a wonderful exploration of how Soane’s work and collections continue to influence creators at the very forefront of contemporary design – from statement headwear to chic interiors! A huge thank you to our speakers for their inspirational insights, and to Will Gompertz and Alice Rawsthorn for chairing. 👏

Head to our website to listen to each talk and browse through our archive of previous seasons: https://bit.ly/3XaDzJn. We hope to welcome you to a event at the Soane in 2023! 👋

We love these 3D scans of the Soane and our neighbour, the LSE’s Marshall Building! 😍 These wonderfully detailed visuals...
04/01/2023

We love these 3D scans of the Soane and our neighbour, the LSE’s Marshall Building! 😍

These wonderfully detailed visuals star in our exhibition ‘Neighbours in Space and Time: Grafton Architects at the Soane Museum’, which explores the common themes and connections between the architecture of Sir John Soane and our striking new neighbour across Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the Marshall Building, designed by Grafton. 🏗️

Architectural models and drawings are combined with photography and this state-of-the-art imaging to tell the story of how these two ostensibly very different buildings share common inspirations and roots. The exhibition closes on Sunday, so don’t miss out! ⏰

The Soane is open between Christmas and New Year, and with London so quiet, it’s the perfect time to visit us! 🤫✨ It's a...
28/12/2022

The Soane is open between Christmas and New Year, and with London so quiet, it’s the perfect time to visit us! 🤫✨

It's also your last chance to see our wonderful exhibition ‘Neighbours in Space and Time’, which closes on Sunday 8 January. In collaboration with Grafton Architects, the exhibition explores the connections between Soane’s inspirational architecture and our extraordinary new neighbour across Lincoln’s Inn Fields: the LSE’s Marshall Building. Don’t miss it! 🚨

Photo: Celia Rogge

Did you know that the painter J.M.W. Turner and Sir John Soane were close friends? 🎨🖌️ Turner was a regular guest at Lin...
21/12/2022

Did you know that the painter J.M.W. Turner and Sir John Soane were close friends? 🎨🖌️

Turner was a regular guest at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, including attending the famed parties that welcomed the sarcophagus of Seti I into Soane’s collection in 1825. The pair studiously developed their lectures and resources for teaching at the Royal Academy in consultation, with Turner making use of his friend’s extensive library. Turner even gifted Sir John a most precious gift on the occasion of his Knighthood in 1831 – a previously forgotten drawing of Soane’s late wife, Eliza, found by chance in a sale. Both men were influenced by the classical world and their youthful travels to Rome, remaining in regular correspondence throughout their lives. 📜

This dynamic naval scene, 'Admiral van Tromp's Barge at the Entrance to the Texel, 1645', demonstrates the influence of Dutch-inspired seascapes on Turner’s work. A decorated naval commander, Admiral van Tromp led forces in the Eighty Years War and the Anglo-Dutch War, meeting his maker in the latter. Sir John Soane purchased this painting from the Royal Academy exhibition in 1831. One of three pieces by Turner in Soane’s collection, it remains on public display in the North Drawing Room of the Museum (pictured), nearly two centuries on – a testament to the esteem in which Soane held his friend’s artistry. ⛵🖼️

Photo: Celia Rogge

We love this charming illustration of visitors exploring the Soane from 1864! 😍 Originally published in the ‘Illustrated...
15/12/2022

We love this charming illustration of visitors exploring the Soane from 1864! 😍

Originally published in the ‘Illustrated London News’, this piece captures so much extraordinary detail from the heart of the Museum, and demonstrates that little has changed here since the days of top hats and extravagant gowns! 🎩👗

Soane stipulated, in leaving his home and collection to the nation, that his Museum should stay as it was left at the time of his death. Pieces such as these, which capture a moment in time in detail, are a vital tool in establishing the story of these preserved spaces across the decades, as we seek to fulfil Soane’s wishes by preserving his legacy for everyone to enjoy. 🏛️

Wonderful to look out on a snowy Lincoln’s Inn Fields this morning, from the (relative) warmth of Sir John Soane’s Priva...
12/12/2022

Wonderful to look out on a snowy Lincoln’s Inn Fields this morning, from the (relative) warmth of Sir John Soane’s Private Apartments. The stained glass really glows in the winter light! ❄️☃️

A surviving fragment of a lost treasure – have you spotted the Soane’s cornucopia? ✨ It’s a precious example of a popula...
10/12/2022

A surviving fragment of a lost treasure – have you spotted the Soane’s cornucopia? ✨ It’s a precious example of a popular sculptural form of the Roman era. Let’s take a closer look! 🔍

Cornucopia are horns of plenty. Historically, they were decorated with abundant elements of the natural world and used to signify numerous virtues, as well as being a common attribute of personifications of gods and goddesses, such as Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture. According to Ovid, the cornucopia had its origin in the horn of the goat Amalthea that suckled the infant Jupiter, although its true origin is probably to be found in the ancient belief that power and fertility resided in the goat’s or bull’s horn. 🤘🐮

The Soane’s cornucopia, which rests on the north wall of the Dome area, is a small fragment of a colossal (and unknown) Roman statue – it would have rested in the crook of the arm. The drill work on the fruit pouring from the cornucopia indicates a dating in the Roman Imperial Second Century at the earliest, so there’s reason to believe it may have come from Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, as there are other pieces in the Sir John’s collection which definitely came from there – a place of great inspiration to Soane and architects of his generation. 🏛️

“Architecture cannot fail of creating sensations in the mind…” 💬 Sir John Soane, from his third Royal Academy Lecture, 1...
02/12/2022

“Architecture cannot fail of creating sensations in the mind…” 💬 Sir John Soane, from his third Royal Academy Lecture, 1830.

We like to think Soane’s architecture continues to create these ‘sensations’, two centuries on. For you, what words come to mind when you think about the spaces Sir John designed in his Museum and home? ❤️🏘️

Photo: Alixe Lay

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Soane, as our lovely new wreath has arrived to welcome all who visit ...
26/11/2022

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Soane, as our lovely new wreath has arrived to welcome all who visit us! 🎄

To get in the festive spirit, our marvellous Museum Shop team will be taking part in tomorrow. There’ll be a day of discounts and delights, with exclusive signed books on offer, chocolate tastings, free gift wrapping and a great deal of Soanean seasonal cheer! 🎁

But don’t worry if you can’t pop by in person – there’ll also be a 15% discount online for one day only, if you use the code ‘Museum Shop Sunday’ at the checkout. Have a browse: shop.soane.org 🎅

Dream   alert: fancy caring for this extraordinary space every day? 🤯 We’re seeking an exceptional House and Facilities ...
23/11/2022

Dream alert: fancy caring for this extraordinary space every day? 🤯

We’re seeking an exceptional House and Facilities Manager to work with Conservation, Curatorial and Front of House Teams to ensure the safe operation and maintenance of our three Grade 1 listed buildings.

The post holder will be responsible for building maintenance, fire safety and prevention, security and is in overall charge of health and safety. In short, a vital role in the everyday preservation of this unique home and Museum! 🏛️

Curious? Head to our website for more information, including a full job description: https://bit.ly/3EVKMqr. Good luck! 🤞

Applications are open to join our Youth Panel! 🎉 If you’re 15 - 24, you could help shape the activities and opportunitie...
17/11/2022

Applications are open to join our Youth Panel! 🎉 If you’re 15 - 24, you could help shape the activities and opportunities that we offer to young people, while learning new skills for a career in Museums!

How to apply: https://bit.ly/3UImx4p 🔍

We’re delighted to share that architect Peter Barber is our 2022 recipient of the  ! 🏅👏 As one of Britain’s most acclaim...
08/11/2022

We’re delighted to share that architect Peter Barber is our 2022 recipient of the ! 🏅👏

As one of Britain’s most acclaimed architects and founder of Peter Barber Architects, Peter’s practice focuses on social housing and urban planning. He has been widely celebrated for his inventive approach to design, delivering innovative housing which is both high-quality and affordable. Peter has also developed a number of projects which respond to issues including the housing crisis, the climate emergency, and the revitalisation of de-industrialised areas.

Peter said: “I am so thrilled to have been awarded this year’s Soane Medal. To be part of such an illustrious group of winners was both a lovely surprise and an honour. Soane was an inventive architect, playing with the Classical style of architecture, and I hope that we continue to build on this legacy of experimenting with traditional ideas and styles. At a time of such uncertainty, it’s really great to see social housing centre stage.” 🏘️

Join us tonight at 6.30pm GMT as Peter presents his vision for the future of our built environment, live from the Library-Dining Room at Sir John Soane’s Museum – here’s a link to the stream: https://youtu.be/UPSMYaWgAPI. See you there! 🎉

One of the first rooms you enter at the Museum – the Library-Dining Room was designed to impress guests and potential cl...
04/11/2022

One of the first rooms you enter at the Museum – the Library-Dining Room was designed to impress guests and potential clients of Soane. More than two centuries on, it still has the wow factor! 🤯

Did you know that the beautiful stained glass in the north window depicts the Creation and the Last Judgement? The glass panels were antiques in Soane’s time, products of Switzerland in the 1600s. They were badly damaged in the London Blitz of 1940, but thankfully, they were rescued, repaired and stored, before reinstallation in 1990. Aren’t they stunning? ❤️

Next Tuesday, you’re invited to join a free livestream from this unique space as our 2022 Soane Medallist – a talented architect with a radical vision for the future of the British built environment – gives a fascinating lecture. Register now, and we’ll send the link to join directly to your inbox on the day of the event: https://bit.ly/3UsADX4 🏅

Photos: Matt Clayton (left) and Florine Ghilbert (right)

Our new exhibition opens today, exploring the connections between the LSE Marshall Building and Sir John Soane’s Museum!...
19/10/2022

Our new exhibition opens today, exploring the connections between the LSE Marshall Building and Sir John Soane’s Museum! 🎉

It has been a joy to work with Grafton Architects – the designers of our new neighbour across Lincoln’s Inn Fields – to chart the shared architectural principles and ideas that these two centres of culture and education share. Discover side-by-side section drawings, architectural models, detailed plans and amazing scans, all of which combine to tell the story of two ! 🪐🕰️

The exhibition, which will run until 8 January, is supported by a fascinating variety of events, from architectural sketching workshops to local walking tours. Visit the exhibition page to explore the programme: https://bit.ly/3yRWfnJ 🔍

You’re invited to the Soane Medal lecture! 🏅 Wherever you are in the world, join us via a live stream from the Library-D...
14/10/2022

You’re invited to the Soane Medal lecture! 🏅 Wherever you are in the world, join us via a live stream from the Library-Dining Room at Sir John Soane’s Museum as our 2022 Soane Medallist – a vital voice on housing and urbanism – shares their manifesto for the future of our built environment. 🏘️

The live stream is free to join – simply register via our website and we’ll send you a link to join on the morning of the event.

📅 Tuesday 8 November, 6.30pm GMT | register: https://bit.ly/3MAPfB5 🎟️

Photo: Elena Bazu

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Congratulations to Peter Barber OBE, a Reader and Lecturer at our School of Architecture + Cities, for receiving the prestigious 2022 Soane Medal for Architecture in the Sir John Soane's Museum, where he also delivered a lecture regarding his projects 🙌

Barber is one of Britain's most acclaimed architects, who focuses on innovative and affordable social housing, helping to solve the housing crisis in the UK. He designed several buildings in London, most notably the Mount Pleasant hostel for homeless people, and an additional 15 homes to the post-war Kiln Place. In 2021 Barber received an Order of the British Empire for his services to architecture 💛

The Soane Medal was established in 2017 in memory of Sir John Soane. The Medal recognises architects, educators and critics who have contributed significantly to their field of practice and enriched the public understanding of architecture 🏆

🔗 Read more about the Soane Medal and Peter Barber OBE's work: https://bit.ly/3B4q3ye
Interested in getting an exclusive first look into Sir John Soane's drawing office?

📅On 24 January we will be hosting an online talk with the Sir John Soane's Museum talking about the recently restored drawing office of this significant figure in architecture.

Find out more: https://hbap.org.uk/news-events/24th-january-2023-online-talk-restoring-soanes-drawing-office/

📷: Matt Tidby for Sir John Soane’s Museum

We are approaching the World Architecture Festival where the winners of the 2022 Architecture Drawing Prize Category will be exhibited this week in Lisbon!

This year, in its 6th edition, the Architecture Drawing Prize attracted 138 entries with a strong majority of hand-drawn entries.

Discover the Overall and the Category winners here > https://www.archivibe.com/the-2022-architecture-drawing-prize-winners-announced/

The Architecture Drawing Prize is sponsored by Iris Ceramica and co-curated by Make Architects, Sir John Soane's Museum and World Architecture Festival (WAF)

A mixture of traditional cloakroom tags and CLOAKIES® for Day 1️⃣8️⃣ with this custom print from Sir John Soane's Museum.

The design features traditional colours used by the museum as they use their tags to help organise visitors cloakroom usage.

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Social housing champion Peter Barber awarded 2022 Soane Medal

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The category winners have been announced for the 6th edition of the Architecture Drawing Prize. The award celebrates the art of architectural drawing and, for the 2022 edition, has enjoyed the sponsorship of Iris Ceramica Group and the media partnership of Floornature.
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Read more: https://bit.ly/3zKJADp

The panel announced the names of the winners of The Architecture Drawing Prize 2022, the international prize supported by Iris Ceramica Group, promoted and organised by the World Architecture Festival, the Sir John Soane's Museum and MAKE Architects.
The Prize celebrates the art of architectural drawing in three categories: hand, hybrid and digital drawing. The works of the three winners, along with other commended works selected by the panel, will be on show at the World Architecture Festival and thereafter at the Sir John Soane's Museum.
Congratulations!

Find out more: https://www.irisceramicagroup.com/en/media/the-panel-announces-the-names-of-the-winners-of-the-architecture-drawing-prize/

La giuria ha proclamato i nomi dei vincitori di The Architecture Drawing Prize 2022, il Premio internazionale supportato da Iris Ceramica Group, promosso e organizzato da World Architecture Festival, Sir John Soane's Museum e MAKE Architects.
Il Premio celebra l’arte del disegno architettonico in tre categorie: disegno a mano, ibrido e digitale. Le opere dei tre vincitori, insieme ad altri lavori meritevoli selezionati dalla giuria, saranno esposte prima al World Architecture Festival e in seguito al Sir John Soane's Museum.
Congratulazioni!

Scopri di più: https://www.irisceramicagroup.com/media/la-giuria-rivela-i-nomi-dei-vincitori-di-the-architecture-drawing-prize/
💙🚀 New Signing Alert: Adam Nathaniel Furman

We’re thrilled to welcome Adam Nathaniel Furman as our latest signing to our MTArt Creative network. https://bit.ly/3fGk5fz

Adam is a British artist & designer of Argentine & Japanese heritage based in London. Trained in architecture, Adam's atelier works in spatial design and art of all scales from video and prints to large public artworks, architecturally integrated ornament, as well as products, furniture, interiors, publishing and academia.

Adam's work has been exhibited internationally and is held in the collections of the Design Museum, Sir John Soane's Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, National Gallery of Victoria and many more.

‘I bring equal parts pleasure, colour, and joy, as well as critical consideration, reflection and depth to everything I am lucky enough to be involved in.’ - Adam Nathaniel Furman. Photography by Sean Fennessy and Gareth Gardner.
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For Sir John Soane, Pitzhanger’s gardens were as important as the Manor, which he designed as a space for hospitality and entertainment centred around food.

As part of the London Luminaries Virtual Lecture Series, our director Clare Gough will give a talk titled ‘The Committee of Taste: Soane at Pitzhanger’. She will draw on the detailed records of Sir John Soane and his wife Eliza's diaries and talk about food's significant role in their lives. Free admission and donation are welcome.

📅 17 November 2022 Thursday|
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🔗 http://ow.ly/B3k750LmQmI

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