Architecture Courses at Sir John Soane’s Museum

Now here is what seems to be one of the best kept secrets in children’s museum workshops/ courses in London.  It’s all happening at the Sir John Soane museum at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. They have waiting lists for their young architect’s weekend courses until 2015 – yes, really. But it’s not all doom and gloom for our mini Zaha Hadid’s or Norman Fosters, they are taking bookings for the holiday workshops in the future. All the details are below, and you can have a look at the website here.

If you do go along, be sure to drop us a line at the Depot to let us know how it was, and don’t forget there are some great exhibitions open there. It is such a fantastic part of town, and not one you would go to that often unless you are lucky enough to have tickets to see something ‘hip’ at The Peacock Theatre. xo


The Young Architects Club & The New Architecture Club

Sir John Soane intended his Museum as a place where architects could visit to learn and be inspired about architecture. The Young Architects’ Club carries on this tradition. They now run two different clubs: YAC and NAC clubs.

The Young Architects Club looks at a different architecture-related theme each year and is run on the first Saturday of the month, 10am-12pm. The club is for children aged 7-10.

The New Architecture Club is for older children – those aged 11-14. This club is more project-based, with children working on their own architectural creations over the year. NAC meets on the first Saturday of each month, 1:30-4:30pm.

In both cases, an annual membership fee of £20 applies (to be paid on the first session). The clubs get full very quickly but they do run waiting lists.

Family Drop-in Workshops : Free | No need to book

The free family Drop-in workshops are suitable for children aged 6 – 11 years. Pop in any time and have fun creating up a storm in their dedicated Art Room. They also run family drop-in workshops on the first Saturday of every school holiday between 11-3pm.

The Museum

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. Soane demolished and rebuilt three houses in succession on the north side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, beginning with No. 12 between 1792 and 1794, moving on to No. 13, re-built in two phases in 1808-9 and 1812, and concluding with No. 14, rebuilt in 1823-24.

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On his appointment as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy in 1806 Soane began to arrange the Books, casts and models in order that the students might have the benefit of easy access to them and proposed opening his house for the use of the Royal Academy students the day before and the day after each of his lectures. By 1827, when John Britton published the first description of the Museum, Soane’s collection was being referred to as an ‘Academy of Architecture’.