The Soane re­launched

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AF­TER 30 years’ re­search, seven years’ restora­tion and £7 mil­lion spent, the Open­ing up the Soane (OUTS) restora­tion project, sup­ported by the Her­itage Lottery Fund and other donors, is now com­plete. This mile­stone fol­lows the con­clu­sion of the third and fi­nal phase of work, in which ‘lost’ spa­ces of the Bank of Eng­land ar­chi­tect’s ec­cen­tric home, in­clud­ing the Lobby, Ante Room and Cat­a­combs, have been re-cre­ated and opened to the pub­lic for the first time.

Along with Soane’s pri­vate apart­ments and ar­chi­tec­tural-model room, the kitchens have been re­vamped and in­clude what is thought to be the world’s old­est sur­viv­ing patented kitchen range (1812) and a dresser de­signed by Soane. This can be seen in ‘Be­low Stairs’, an ex­hi­bi­tion as part of Lon­don De­sign Week (un­til Jan­uary 28, 2017). ‘This is a mo­men­tous day,’ en­thuses Mu­seum Di­rec­tor Bruce Boucher. ‘Now, vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence the mu­seum as fully as Sir John Soane in­tended.’

The Ante Room is one of sev­eral ‘lost’ spa­ces now open to the pub­lic at the Soane

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