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Friday, 10 March 2017

Soane & Town, Architects


New Spaces Now Open

Our 7 million pound restoration is now complete.

We’ve just got bigger (and even better!). Our 7-year programme of restoration is complete, returning the Museum to the original design of Sir John Soane. 

Previously ‘lost’ areas have been restored, and new spaces are open for the very first time. These include the Catacombs, the Regency-era kitchens, and our second temporary exhibition space – the Foyle Space. An astonishing 365 objects from our collection are now back on public display for the first time since Soane's death in 1837, and we're thrilled to say that the Museum now has full step-free access. 

-- Recent press release, the Sir John Soane Museum, London

The following is excerpted from Ithiel Town: An American Original by Richard Carreno, published by the Thompson, Connecticut, Historical Society (1995)

Much of  [Ithiel] Town's  professional and personal life remains murky. Perhaps the least known aspect of his life bridges his thirty-year career as a private book collector. What is known is that during that time town had amassed an architectural library of about 11,500 volumes, one of the premier collections on the topic anywhere.