Sir John Soane (1753–1837) was one of the most inventive architects of his time. He designed the Bank of England and Dulwich Picture Gallery, as well as his own home in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. In his home, Soane created an extraordinary space for his vast collection of fragments, antiquities and paintings, from the art and architecture of Ancient Egypt, to Soane’s own radical designs. Instead of categorising objects, Soane decided to display his collection in creative, eclectic ways, and was constantly arranging and rearranging these objects throughout his life, making each room a work of art in its own right.
When Soane died in 1837, he left his home to the State, with instructions to preserve it exactly as it was at the time of his death – and to keep it open for all. Today, the Sir John Soane’s Museum continues to inspire architects, designers and artists, and attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year. Visitors can explore the museum for free and get a glimpse into the mind of someone deeply fascinated with the story of architecture, as well as contemporary culture and innovative design.