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Chipperfield becomes trustee of Soane's Museum

David Chipperfield has become a trustee of the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London’s Lincoln’s Inn Fields

The museum’s chairman of trustees, Guy Elliott, said the Stirling Prize-winning architect and fellow new trustee, Old Master expert Katrin Bellinger, would help advise ‘in the years ahead both for curatorial purposes and as we develop our intellectual future.’

Chipperfield said: ‘I am very excited to join the board of trustees and to contribute to the culture of Sir John Soane’s Museum, not only in its role as an extraordinary museum but also as a place of idea and programme.

‘I look forward to working alongside the other trustees and curators with the new director Abraham Thomas,’ he said.

The quirky museum was once the home of the architect and collector who in 1833 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’.

Soane (1753–1837), who designed the Bank of England and Dulwich Picture Gallery, built up an eclectic collection which includes paintings by Canaletto and Hogarth and the 3,380-year-old Sarcophagus of Seti I.

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