When the current exhibition at Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery, closes on 10 January, the doors to Sir John Soane’s architectural treasure in Ealing, London, UK will remain closed for three years. The personal dream home created by the great British architect in the early years of the 19th century is about to undergo a major, £10.52m renovation, funded by Ealing Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.
The one exception during the closure is a special, one-off, ‘Access All Areas’ event on Saturday 28 March 2015, when visitors will be able to tour the whole of the Manor House, cleared and emptied in readiness for the restoration work to begin. Full details of the event will be confirmed soon.
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Chair of the Pitzhanger Manor Trust said: “Pitzhanger Manor House is an internationally significant part of London’s architectural heritage, on the verge of being restored properly for the first time. This challenging, three-year project will result in a major historical and cultural site in west London, revealing Soane’s original vision for his magnificent home and the brilliance of his designs, while also producing contemporary art exhibitions of the highest quality.”
The final exhibition, Crossing the Field: WWI, Football & the Christmas Truce, explores a uniquely fascinating and heart-warming aspect of the First World War. It runs until 10 January 2015 when the gallery doors will close until 2018.