Soho House grid reference SP053891, Matthew Boulton's home (from 1766 until he died in 1809) in Handsworth, Birmingham, England, is now a museum (opened in 1995), celebrating his life, his partnership with James Watt and his membership of the Lunar Society of Birmingham. It was designed by Samuel Wyatt and work on the current building began in 1789. Work on extending the building was completed in 1796 following the submission of designs by James Wyatt, Samuel's brother, for the additions of a main entrance front. It is a Grade II* listed building.
Boulton acquired the lease of the five-year-old Soho Mill in 1761 and developed it into Soho Manufactory. He expanded the cottage next to it into Soho House, changing it several times. It is faced with sheets of painted slate to give the appearance of large stone blocks. Boulton moved into Soho House when the Manufactory was completed in 1766. The Soho Manufactory was demolished in 1863.
In 1766 Boulton became one of the founders of the Lunar Society. Soho House was a regular venue for meetings of the society.
It then had a number of owners, and was at one time used as a residential hostel for police officers, before becoming a museum.
As a Heritage Site, that is branch museum, of the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery it is owned by Birmingham City Council. Since April 2012 the Heritage Sites and all other museums formerly run by Birmingham City Council have been run by Birmingham Museums Trust. It hosts exhibitions of local and community interest. Previously free, since April 2011 admission charges apply for entry to the house. It remains free to under 16s. Gardens, grounds and visitor facilities are free to all visitors.
- Pevsner Architectural Guides - Birmingham, Andy Foster, 2005, ISBN 0-300-10731-5
- Robert E. Schofield (1963). The Lunar Society of Birmingham: a social history of provincial science and industry in eighteenth-century England. Clarendon Press.
- Douglas Hickman (1970). Birmingham. Studio Vista Ltd.
- Details from listed building database (217624) - Grade II*. Images of England. English Heritage.
- Soho House
- Soho House - Service for Schools - Educational teaching sessions and resources at Soho House
- Soho House for Kids - fun and games for children based on Soho House
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