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Eileen Harris honoured by and honours Soane

On her retirement, the historian has asked that a fund be established to conserve the book collection

On her retirement at the end of last year from 25 years of cataloguing the architectural library of Sir John Soane’s Museum, Eileen Harris, the distinguished historian, writer and Robert Adam expert, asked that, in lieu of a leaving present, a fund be established in her name for the conservation of Soane’s book collection. In less than six months, the Eileen Harris Book Conservation Fund has raised £14,580, only about £6,000 short of the £20,000 goal the director of the museum, Tim Knox, hopes it will reach. Soane’s 7,000-strong book collection is unique as the only intact library in situ of a great architect (and bibliophile), but conservation is needed to ensure the books’ survival. Donations may be made online.

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