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Taking Care: A Walk through the Building Archive at Sir John Soane's Musuem
Discover the building archive at Sir John Soane’s Musuem in this online lunchtime talk.

Join Deputy Director and Inspectress Helen Dorey for a virtual tour through the Soane Museum’s rarely-seen building archive, telling the fascinating and moving story of the Soane Museum’s care.

Part of London Festival of Architecture 2021, this talk runs alongside our online exhibition, Taking Good Care: Exploring the Building Archive at Sir John Soane’s Museum. Comprising materials such as dust, stones, nails and coloured glass fragments, the building archive collects the stuff that testifies to the life of a building – and how buildings transform over time. This largely unseen, yet constant care is what unifies museum professionals, particularly those committed to preserving architecture.

Jun 10, 2021 01:00 PM in London

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Dr Helen Dorey, MBE
Deputy Director and Inspectress @Sir John Soane's Museum
Regarded as one of the leading scholars of Sir John Soane, Helen joined the Museum in 1986 and has been its Inspectress since 1995. She has published extensively on the Museum and its collections and has led numerous restoration projects within the Museum over 30 years, including the restoration of Soane’s private apartments. She is Chairman of the Scholarship Committee of the Attingham Trust and a member of its Council, a member of the National Trust’s Collections and Interpretation Panel, a Trustee of the Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. She was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to heritage.