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24th January 2012
Matthew Boulton Gallery to be developed at Soho House in Birmingham with the support of the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.
Soho House was the home of Birmingham industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton (1728-1809).
The original house was designed by the architects James and Samuel Wyatt in the 1790s and turned into the fashionable neo-classical villa that can be seen today.
It was a favourite meeting place of the famous Lunar Society of Birmingham, whose members included James Watt, Joseph Priestley, Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgwood and Boulton himself.
Soho House opened as a museum in 1995. It contains outstanding examples of late 18th century furnishings together with products of Boulton's famous Soho Manufactory and Mint. The house is Grade II* listed.
The Soho House project will see:
The total cost of the project is £162,000 and is being funded by the Soho House Appeal (£70k), DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Fund (£65k) and Renaissance in the Regions (£27k).
Find out more about the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.
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