Opening Up The Soane
Watercolour c. 1825 showing views of the original Model Room on the second floor of No.13. This will be one of eight rooms to be restored as part of Opening up the Soane. "Opening up the Soane" is a new, £7M project which lays out our ambition to restore, refurbish and improve Sir John Soane's Museum.
Thanks to the recent restoration of No.14 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the Museum can now restore an entire 2nd floor of No.13; comprising an ensemble of exquisite and intriguing rooms. These include Soane’s private apartments: bedroom, bathroom, oratory, book passage and Mrs Soane's Morning Room and the Model Room above. Other spaces include the Tivoli and Shakespeare recesses. Our appeal leaflet can be found here.
"Opening up the Soane" includes other improvements such as improved visitor facilities, the creation of a new Exhibition Gallery and Conservation Studios, and improvements that will allow full disabled access to the Museum. These changes will enable us to show more of the Museum and its collections, and to look after them better - retaining and enhancing the special atmosphere of this unique museum. The entire project will be completed by 2015. It is an ambitious and complex project that will make the Soane an even better Museum for all our visitors to enjoy.
The following pages give some detail the enormous amount of work that has been achieved in completing Phase One of the OUTS project - the renovation of Number 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields, with an introduction by the Director, Tim Knox. As well as the Conservation Plan outlining the detail of the work that needs to be done. Number 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields opened in July 2012, providing much needed facilities to the Museum - read on to find out more!