House of Collection

Assistant Curator Will Palin recalls the labour of love behind the architect and collector Sir John Soane’s efforts to create his home and museum on London’s Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and tells of the major restoration project that marks the 250th anniversary year of Soane’s birth.

At breakfast one morning in November 1823, George Tyndale of No.12 Lincoln’s Inn Fields was disturbed by the sound of demolition men at work. For the long-suffering solicitor this was nothing new. It was simply the start of another building project directed by his energetic and eccentric neighbour, the esteemed architect John Soane (1753-1837).

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