Our Vision

The Soper Collection was formed to ensure that much of the original artwork and memorabilia be held together in perpetuity.

Until now the work of the Soper family has been relatively unknown due to the reclusive character of the family and the fact that so much of the artwork was held at the Sopers’ family home.

Our ambition is to:

    • Provide a space for the Sopers’ incredible artwork
    • Enable this East Anglian work to be absorbed into the nation’s cultural heritage
    • Educate, inform and inspire future generations to have a love for naturalist art and British wildlife, landscape and history

By providing a permanent home to The Collection at this site near Lavenham, we will:

    • Display all pieces to the public in rotation
    • Ensure that the site’s buildings are lovingly restored, refurbished and constructed in keeping with the historical and natural importance of the area
    • Pledge to create an outdoor space that reflects the passions of the artists themselves in terms of their love for the flora, fauna and landscape of East Anglia, as well as some of the characteristics of their beloved home ‘Wildings’

Having secured the money for the deposit on the proposed site for The Centre, our next step is to complete the site purchase. For that, we need to raise £600,000 by 20 November 2018. To discover how you can help, and to see our progress against our target, visit our fundraising page.

Discover more about the plans for The Soper Heritage Art Gallery and Education Centre.

Lane Dusk - The Soper Collection

The project will also support the local community in and around East Anglia, helping to promote the area’s historical importance in art. The site will contribute to local tourism and provide employment.

The Soper Heritage Art Gallery and Education Centre will seek to link with and support other fine art museums and collections in the local area, including:

  • Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury
  • The Munnings Art Museum, Dedham
  • The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket
  • Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
  • Flatford Mill, East Bergholt
  • Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
  • The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden


Join us on our exciting journey to provide a permanent, public home for the works of the Soper family.


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