The Sir John Soane's Museum was designed by the architect himself to house his personal collection of paintings and architectural salvage. On the first Tuesday of each month the museum is open until 9 pm and some parts are lit by candlelight. The Picture Room is now as it was in Soane’s day and features paintings by Canaletto and others. Restoration work, part of a three year ‘Opening up the Soane’ project is underway – Number 12 Lincoln’s Inn Fields designed by Soane. This is a neoclassical townhouse built and decorated by John and Eliza Soane for their own use in 1792.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Charlotte Cory Hi everyone, Charlotte Cory here. If you enjoy the drama series this week and are in london, i have some of the actors from the cast coming to the Sir John Soane's Museum on Friday night for a candlelit Jane Eyre themed evening around this magical house. And you can see the very dress that Charlotte Bronte wore to the Thackeray dinner (episode 3) and her little account book (from episode 1) and meet some celebrated Bronte experts and enjoy a nice glass of wine or an 1859 Colonel Fox's gin. I think there are a few tickets left. but you can visit the exhibition at any other time for free and soak in the atmosphere of this perfectly preserved architectural gem. With many thanks to the BPM for their kind loan of Bronte related items. Best wishes, Charlotte C (life member since 1967!!) facebook/Bronte-Parsonage-Museum
And with an opportunity to see all the other treasures in the Soane Museum, as well as getting 10% off everything in the shop, it's the perfect way to salute a writer who changed the landscape of British culture forever.
Charlotte Brontë: A Celebration 15 Mar 2016 to 07 May 2016
We are delighted to announce an exhibition celebrating 200 years since the birth of Charlotte Brontë will open at the Museum on 15 March 2016.
Charlotte Brontë at the Soane is an imaginative and fascinating free display which is inspired by the five trips Brontë made to London in the 1840s and ‘50s to see her publisher after the meteoric success of Jane Eyre. Curated by artist Charlotte Cory, the show brings together an incredible selection of objects: from the personal effects Brontë brought with her to London, to Cory’s own artworks inspired by these visits to the capital.
Visitors will be able to see the guidebook Brontë used to explore the city - featuring Sir John Soane’s Museum - and a dress that she wore to a dinner with her publisher; the first time the dress has returned to London since she wore it. Also, on display for the first time ever are newly discovered sketches of the Brontë sisters, drawn by their sister Anne. Although Charlotte Brontë’s busy itinerary meant that she didn’t make it to the Museum, we are one of the few places in her guidebook which remain the same today as on her visits in the mid-nineteenth century. This show is therefore a unique opportunity to bring Brontë to the Museum for the first time, and to reflect on the Soane’s position on London’s tourist trail – frozen in time – for the past 180 years.
To mark the opening of the exhibition, we will host a special evening event on Friday 18 March, where Charlotte Brontë and her novel Jane Eyre will be celebrated with ‘pop-up’ readings, candlelight and cocktails. Tickets are £30. Buy here. On April 21st 2016, the day of the bicentenary, the Soane will lead a unique public participation live reading event across the capital. Inspired by the famous plinths in Trafalgar Square, a ‘mobile’ Fifth Plinth will host readings of Brontë’s novels at various locations including the Soane, the National Portrait Gallery and the British Library. More details, including how you can get involved, will be announced shortly.
Sir John Soane's Museum was formerly the home of the neo-classical architect Sir John Soane. It holds many drawings and models of Soane's projects and the collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities that he assembled. The museum is in the Holborn area of central London. wiki/Sir_John_Soane Museum