The Soane relaunched
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