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Patrons’ Circle Events

Membership of the Soane Patrons' Circle provides invitations to an exclusive programme of talks and events, both at the Museum and at other venues and collections not normally open to the public.  About 20 such events take place throughout the year.  Please see below for examples of past events, or for further information you can phone the Development Office on +44 (0)20 7440 4243 or email Cara Hepburn at (this email requires javascript).

Patrons are welcome to bring guests of their own to these events.  Here is what one recent visitor said: ‘… two days on and I am still pondering my first exposure to the Soane Museum.  I had no idea what to expect when I walked in.  I felt a child-like joy as the treasures revealed themselves.  I will henceforth always envy others their first surprising encounter, for there is nothing quite like the museum and being taken unawares by it.  The surprises were breath-taking ..  The evening was so memorable and the talk was fascinating.  Simply wonderful.  Thank you so much for the warmth of the welcome that you extended to me.’

Some examples of past Soane Patrons' Circle Events

Translating Soane - a talk by Sir Richard MacCormac, the leading British architect and Trustee of the Sir John Soane Museum, outlining how his own architecture has been influenced by the work of John Soane

Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England - an illustrated talk by Professor Amanda Vickery, a look at domestic life in Georgian England drawn from her book and television series of the same name.

Strawberry Hill House Waldegrave Road, Twickenham - a visit to the recently restored Gothic Revival masterpiece, with tours led by architect Peter Inskip and Chair of the Strawberry Hill Trust Michael Snodin

A Warning to the Curious: Two ghost stories by M R James  - performed by candlelight by Robert Lloyd Parry amidst the sepulchral splendour of Soane's building.

Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals at the National Gallery with an introductory talk and tour led by the exhibition curator Charles Beddington.  The exhibiton included the Soane's own Canaletto Riva degli Schiavoni, lent for this display.

Sir Paul Ruddock - Part of the Great Collectors at the Soane series - a talk by the Chair of the V&A Museum, and owner of a significant collection in his own right, on the origins of and highlights from his years of collecting.

The Parthenon Sculptures  - a private tour of on the leading collections of treasures at the British Museum, with Dr Ian Jenkins, Senior Curator of the Department of Greece and Rome at The British Museum and Trustee of the Sir John Soane Museum.

Download a Patrons' Circle Membership Form Here (PDF 500KB) 

Architect Sir Richard MacCormac spoke about Sir John Soane’s influence on his own architecture for his talk, ‘Translating Soane’, which he gave at the Museum exclusively to members of the Soane Patrons’ Circle. For example, the Breakfast Room ceiling at No.13 Lincoln's Inn Fields (pictured left) was the model for Sir Richard’s design for a Garden Quadrangle Auditorium at St John's College, Oxford (pictured right, photograph: Peter Cook).