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Design curator to lead Soane’s Museum

The V&A’s Abraham Thomas has been appointed as director at the collector and architect’s historic home

Abraham Thomas. Photo: Peter Kelleher

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) curator Abraham Thomas has been named the director of the Sir John Soane’s Museum. Thomas is due to take over on 3 December as the museum prepares for the next phase of its “Opening up the Soane” project, which has so far led to an additional gallery, new conservation studios and a shop, as well as disability access.

The next step is to open up Sir John Soane’s private apartments, which have not been viewable to the public since 1837. That project is due for completion in 2014.

Thomas has been the curator of design and architecture at the V&A for the past eight years. He recently organised the museum’s popular “Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary”, which surveyed the work of the English designer Thomas Heatherwick. He joins the Soane following the departure of the outgoing director Tim Knox, who became the director and curator at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, earlier this year.

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