Thank you for taking the time to visit Eileen's Book Conservation Fund Page.

At the end of 2009 we said goodbye to Dr Eileen Harris, the distinguished architectural historian and writer, who has completed her work cataloguing Soane’s architectural library.

Eileen – the author of such classic works as The Genius of Robert Adam; His Interiors (Yale University Press, 2001) and, with Nicholas Savage, British Architectural Books and Writers 1556-1785 (Cambridge University Press, 1990) - has worked for the Soane on a consultancy basis, one day a week, for 25 years, cataloguing Soane’s architectural library, a project she has worked on with Nick Savage, Librarian of the Royal Academy of Art. In more recent years, other bibliophiles have joined the project, editing entries, transferring them to the database and publishing them online, but much of the credit for the catalogue of Soane’s extraordinary book collection must lie with Eileen. She also curated and wrote the catalogue for the exhibition, Hooked on Books, which was shown at the Weston Gallery, , in the Summer of 2004, and which has remained the standard reference work on Soane’s books and bibliomania (see ).

Eileen has generously suggested that, instead of a leaving present, we establish a fund for the conservation of Soane’s unique book collection – some of which is in a precarious state of repair. The Eileen Harris Book Conservation Fund will commemorate Eileen’s remarkable contribution to the Museum and to scholarship as a whole. All monies raised by this appeal will be devoted to the urgent conservation of Soane’s book collection, which is unique as the only intact library of a great architect which remains in situ, and is one of the finest architectural libraries in the world.

If you would like to contribute to the Eileen Harris Book Conservation Fund please do so through JustGiving, which is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Sir John Soane's Museum and make sure that Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer.  All the funds raised in this way will be designated solely for the Eileen Harris Book Conservation Fund and you can find more details about the library's conservation needs by following this link - - so for the sake of all those broken spines and loose bindings, make Eileen and Sir John happy and please dig deep and donate now.  Thank you.


Tim Knox


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Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum

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Sir John Soane's Museum is regarded by many as the finest House Museum in the World. Designed by one of this country's greatest architects, his home is unchanged since 1837 and contains an unrivalled collection of art, sculpture, books, antiquities, drawings and furniture.

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Donations 79

Donation by Kerstin Leder on 21/03/11


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

I think this is a wonderful idea and support you 100%

Donation by jane mcausland on 16/07/10


+ £28.21 Gift Aid

Thank you for enabling my research in the library.

Donation by Elaine Brown on 09/06/10


The smallest homage to the finest historian

Donation by Giles Waterfield on 11/05/10

Donation by Laure and Olivier Meslay on 21/04/10


What a brilliant idea. We are delighted to support it. From all the team at Christie's.

Donation by Harriet Drummond on 14/04/10


Congrats and best wishes

Donation by H Ewing on 10/04/10

With all good wishes

Donation by Charles Cator on 09/04/10

What a wonderful idea

Donation by Matthew Beckett on 09/04/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Bravo to Eileen

Donation by Christopher Wilk on 02/04/10

Donation by lucy Abel Smith on 15/03/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

It is a great idea for a great cause, Eileen!

Donation by Damie Stillman on 08/03/10


Thank you for all you have done for the study of architectural history

Donation by Frank Kelsall on 06/03/10


+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Donation by adrian eeles on 05/03/10


+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Go raibh mhaith agat !

Donation by John Aheron, Tollymore on 04/03/10


Donation by andrew hopkins on 03/03/10

Donation by James Graham-Stewart on 03/03/10


Dear Eileen, with much love - what an achievement!

Donation by Martin Drury on 01/03/10

Well done Eileen, and all the best for the future.

Donation by Andrew Templeton on 28/02/10

Delighted to contribute

Donation by Geoffrey de Bellaigue on 28/02/10

Hooray for Eileen and hooray for architectural books

Donation by Gavin Stamp on 25/02/10


+ £14.10 Gift Aid

lots of love Eileen

Donation by James Stourton on 25/02/10


+ £42.31 Gift Aid

You are a legend! Love, Anna SC

Donation by Anna Allemandi on 25/02/10


+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Bravo Mrs Harris! Well done!

Donation by Charles Plante on 25/02/10


Will this cover a simple reback, original spine laid down?

Donation by Ed Maggs on 24/02/10


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£6,000.00
  • Offline donations£10,000.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£16,000.00
  • Gift Aid£1,035.13

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