The Soane Museum Study Group is an open forum for scholars – both established and emerging – to present new research into an aspect of architectural history and/or Soane’s collection.

Helen Dorey - Surviving the Blitz: The Soane Museum in World War Two

This talk follows on from one given last year by Sue Palmer on the Soane in the First World War. At the outbreak of World War II, the Curator of Sir John Soane’s Museum, Arthur T. Bolton, who had held the post since 1917, was 75 years old. This talk will explore how he and the Museum’s Trustees reacted to this national emergency, the reasons for their initial reluctance to evacuate the collections and the arrangements they eventually made. It will also examine the consequences for the Museum and its collections and the story of the miraculous survival of the Museum amidst so much destruction and of its restoration and re-opening after the War.

Helen Dorey is the Soane Museum’s Deputy Director and Inspectress, where she has worked for over thirty years. She is the author of numerous articles on the Museum and on Soane and his work, and co-author of A Miscellany of Objects from Sir John Soane’s Museum, 1992.

Event Details

12 November 2019
18:00 drinks for 18:30 to 19:30 lecture

On arrival please come to No.14 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The door will open at 18:00.

Image: Case of an incendiary bomb which landed on the Museum on the night of 24-25 September 1940 (SM X1317)

Event Info

12 Nov 2019

18:00 drinks for 18:30-19:30 lecture