The work of the World Monuments Fund – a non-governmental organisation for the protection of our cultural heritage – is examined in this exhibition. Drawn from the from the eclectic collections of Sir John Soane's Museum along with many other museums and private collections are objects from some of Britain's major historic sites, including Coventry Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace, St George's Bloomsbury, Strawberry Hill and Stowe. These include Soane's drawings of Stowe and the gems and Renaissance manuscripts he purchased from the Marquess of Buckingham, original drawings by Robert Adam and Nicholas Hawksmoor and JMW Turner's watercolour of St George's Bloomsbury. The show also includes recent photographs of WMFB-funded restoration programmes, giving visitors an insight into complex processes of conservation.
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