Opening up the Soane: conservation techniques

Discover the range of different techniques conservators used during our landmark conservation project.

From 2011 to 2016, we undertook a monumental project called Opening up the Soane to restore and improve parts of the Museum that weren’t previously seen by the public.

Completing this project required the expertise of a team of researchers, conservators and craftspeople. Using footage from a three-part series that was made in 2019, we have focused on some of these techniques, the skills involved, and the people who practiced them.  On each page, you can watch a clip detailing the process and learn more about how the work was completed to bring this award-winning project to fruition.

You can also watch the whole series online.

The series and these pages were made possible thanks to the generosity of The Elizabeth Cayzer Charitable Trust.