Strand entrance of Somerset House

Somerset House: Sonic Histories

Explore the hidden places and dynamic history of Somerset House with Sonic Histories, an audio experience using specially commissioned sound stories evoking the architecture, people and events that have shaped the building in its various guises. 

The twelve unique stories explore a rich tapestry of subjects, from a controversial seventeenth century chapel to the role of Somerset House in WWII. 

Sonic Histories is available through the Somerset House digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app. Download the app to your mobile device, and search for or scroll to 'Somerset House' to get started. You can access Sonic Histories content from anywhere. Visitors to Somerset House can take an on-site tour of the relevant locations for each story; look out for the Sonic Histories map in Seaman's Hall and scan QR codes located around the building to access individual episodes. Don’t forget to bring your headphones!

From royals to civil servants, alchemists to artists, all have contributed to the creative community that remains the beating heart of Somerset House today.

Produced by Mae-Li Evans
Written by Laura Lomas, Rex Obano, Ava Wong Davies and Sabrina Mahfouz
With music by Femi Oriogun-Williams
Sound design by Sami El-Enany
Historical consultancy from Kyle Leyden
A Reduced Listening production for Somerset House

Supported by the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

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