The elegant home of industrial pioneer Matthew Boulton, who lived in Soho House from 1766 to 1809. Here, he met with some of the most important scientists, engineers and thinkers of his time – the Lunar Society. Possibly the first centrally heated house since Roman times, Soho House has been carefully restored to its 18th century appearance and contains some of Boulton’s own furniture.
Displays tell the story of this fascinating man and the interests he shared with his famous visitors including members of the Lunar Society.
There’s also the chance to see some of the products of Boulton’s nearby factory – where buttons and buckles, clocks and vases, and silver and Sheffield plate tableware were made – and where he developed the steam engine in partnership with James Watt.
Winner of Sandford Award 2008.