In pictures: Sir John Soane’s Museum unveils £7m restoration

THE ART NEWSPAPER | Martin Bailey:

A seven-year, £7m project to restore the Sir John Soane’s Museum has been completed and will open tomorrow (13 September). Once the London home of the architect Soane (1753-1837), its eccentric interior is packed with his eclectic collection of sculptures, paintings and curios.

The main areas in the final phase of the Opening up the Soane project include the Catacombs (with Roman cinerary urns), the lobby to the Breakfast Room (with a hundred works of art and a glass-bottomed floor), the Apollo Recess (reinstating a wall to restore the integrity of the Dome area), the basement Ante Room (the butler’s pantry) and the Foyle exhibition space. Completion of the project means that 10% more of Soane’s collection is now on display… Read more

Image: View looking along the Colonnade towards the Dome Area and the Apollo Recess. (Image: © Gareth Gardner)