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Museum sector must heed lessons to ensure its continued success

On the 250th anniversary of his birth, Sir John Soane's Museum at Lincoln's Inn Fields holds particularly timely lessons for all those concerned with the design of exhibitions and museums.We know from failed Lottery projects that size isn't everything, that design by committee delivers lacklustre results, and that it is generally inadvisable to design a building in isolation from the contents it is going to house.

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