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Sir John Soane’s Museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through a three-year funding agreement. We are a registered charity (no. 313609).

The Museum is governed by a Board of Trustees in accordance with the Sir John Soane’s Museum Order (1969), which incorporates the provisions of Sir John Soane’s original Act of Parliament of 1833 by which the Museum was established.

The Trustees are responsible for the general management and control of the Museum and for the appointment of the Director.

The Director is the Accounting Officer for the purposes of reporting to Government and has delegated responsibility for the general administration of the Museum.

The Museum's Governance policies regulate the proceedings of the Board and facilitate the exercise of its functions in pursuit of the Museum's planned objectives.

A full range of policies covering all areas of the Museum’s work has been adopted by its Board of Trustees. These policies are regularly updated in line with new legislation and developments in best practice.

Annual Review TOP

Each year we publish a full-colour, beautifully illustrated Annual Review, with cultural voices exploring the Soane and its programmes.

2021-22 Time for Renewal

2020-21 A Year of Change

2019-20 Looking Forward

2018-19 A Contemporary Conversation

2017-18 Past Perspectives, Future Practice

2016-17 A New View

2015-16 Principles and Progress

Annual Reports TOP

Our Annual Reports and accounts give details of the Museum’s activities and how our resources are spent. 

Freedom of Information TOP

We abide by the Freedom of Information Act. For more information on Freedom of Information and making a Freedom of Information request, please visit our Freedom of Information Publication scheme.

Management, Governance and Policy Documents TOP

Sir John Soane's Museum Management and Governance

Sir John Soane's Museum Order, 1969

Sir John Soanes Museum Management Agreement with DCMS


Sir John Soane's Museum Policies

Acquisitions and Disposals (Collections Management) Policy

Art Spoliation Statement
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CCTV Policy
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Complaints Policy

Due Diligence Policy for the Acceptance of Donations
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Equality and Diversity policy
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Fire Safety policy 
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Health and Safety Policy
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Loans policy

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policy
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Fraud, Bribery and corruption prevention policy
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Information risk policy
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Privacy Notice

Volunteers policy document
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Whistleblowing policy

Transparency Agenda TOP

In response to the Government’s commitment to greater transparency of public information, we publish all expenditure over £25,000, which you will find below.


Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Access TOP

Sir John Soane’s Museum was established by its founder for everyone to enjoy and to be inspired by the design, architecture, and collection of his extraordinary house. The Museum has long been a free resource for everyone, just as Soane intended, and we have a responsibility to ensure it remains accessible and engaging for all.

We are committed to examining ourselves as an institution and where we can do better, be it our culture, how the house and collection resonates with visitors and the inclusivity of our offering.

We have formed a working group for Inclusion Diversity Equality and Access (IDEA) who are reviewing current practices in order to drive new policy and strategy and create a timeframe for delivery of key actions and outcomes.

Download the PDF below for further details on the remit of the Working Group.