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Somerset House

The Courtauld is located on the Strand in Somerset House, a grand historic building in the heart of London’s West End. Built in 1779, it was the original home of the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries.

In recent years Somerset House has become a major arts and cultural centre: during summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London’s favourite ice rink.

It also programmes contemporary art and design exhibitions, free displays, family workshops and guided tours.

Courtauld Connects

Courtauld Connects is a major, multi-million-pound transformation project – the biggest development programme since The Courtauld moved to Somerset House. This visionary project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will enable The Courtauld significantly to improve teaching and research facilities, enhance the Gallery and widen and extend our reach locally, nationally and internationally.

A key part of the project will be a major redevelopment of The Courtauld’s magnificent buildings in the North Block of Somerset House. We are working with Stirling Prize-winning architects Witherford Watson Mann carefully to restore our important Grade One listed building as well as transform access to and experience of The Courtauld for our students and the public.

Up-to-date information on Courtauld Connects can be found here.

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