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The Board of Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum has announced the appointment of Katrin Bellinger Henkel as Representative Trustee of the Royal Society of Arts and Sir David Chipperfield as Representative Trustee of the Royal Academy. Abraham Thomas was recently appointed as Director.
Three trustees are standing down: Richard Griffiths, Dr Ian Jenkins OBE and Uta Frith DBE FRS FBA, who served for a total of 27 years collectively, in Mr Griffith’s case also as Chairman for 11 years. More appointments are due shortly.
The architect Sir John Soane’s house, museum and library at No.13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields has been a public museum since the early 19th century. On his appointment as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy in 1806 Soane (1753–1837) began to arrange his books, classical antiquities, casts and models so that students of architecture might benefit from access to them. In 1833 he negotiated an Act of Parliament to preserve the house and collection after his death for the benefit of ‘amateurs and students’ in architecture, painting and sculpture. Today Sir John Soane’s Museum is one of the country’s most unusual and significant museums with a continuing and developing commitment to education and creative inspiration. The museum is open free: Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, 10a.m.–5p.m. It is also open on the first Tuesday evening of each from 6-9pm. Sir John Soane’s Museum is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) whose prime sponsor is the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.