Society of Antiquaries of London

Society of Antiquaries of London The Society supports conservation & scholarship related to material culture; & manages a library, museum & Kelmscott Manor—former home of William Morris.

The Society is a registered charity (no. 207237) and the oldest learned society in Britain (founded in 1707). At Burlington House, it manages a research library, museum, and various event programmes. In Oxfordshire, it manages Kelmscott Manor, a historic property open to the public April through October.

The Society is a registered charity (no. 207237) and the oldest learned society in Britain (founded in 1707). At Burlington House, it manages a research library, museum, and various event programmes. In Oxfordshire, it manages Kelmscott Manor, a historic property open to the public April through October.

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If you missed day 1 of our 'Seals and the People of Britain' conference you can catch up here. https://www.youtube.com/w...
19/03/2021
Seals and the People of Britain - Society of Antiquaries of London

If you missed day 1 of our 'Seals and the People of Britain' conference you can catch up here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpWUxy-tDAA&t=1s

Our next session is on this Mon 22 March. It is free to attend & you can book through our website here https://www.sal.org.uk/event/seals-and-the-people-of-britain/2021-03-15/

CONFERENCE Organised by Dr Elizabeth New FSA & John Cherry FSA Online Only This conference will be split over two afternoons. Monday March 15 &

Still time to book for tonight's lecture by Fraser Brown @oatweet on the Windy Harbour project looking at late Mesolithi...
18/03/2021
Margin Walking - Society of Antiquaries of London

Still time to book for tonight's lecture by Fraser Brown @oatweet on the Windy Harbour project looking at late Mesolithic to Bronze Age activity next to Poulton-le-Fylde near Blackpool Lancashire. Booking closes at 3pm https://www.sal.org.uk/event/margin-walking/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS LECTURE Margin Walking Lecture by Fraser Brown Oxford Archaeology is undertaking major excavations, on behalf of Highways

Programme change this week📢 On Thurs 18 at 5pm join us for a lecture by Fraser Brown 'Margin Walking' discussing the Oxf...
15/03/2021

Programme change this week📢

On Thurs 18 at 5pm join us for a lecture by Fraser Brown 'Margin Walking' discussing the Oxford Archaeology major excavations at Poulton-le-Fylde, Blackpool, Lancashire. Booking here https://www.sal.org.uk/event/margin-walking/

08/03/2021
SAL Lunchtime Lecture: Active men and Emblematizing women

Happy #InternationalWomensDay

We are live on YouTube with a lecture to celebrate #IWD by Dr Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson (Upsalla University) focusing on the Birka Warrior, a “warrior grave that turned out to be a woman” (grave Bj 581 from Birka), and the response it received. This response brought to light the fact that the interpretative process followed parallel frameworks depending on the gender of the buried individual.

Join us here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhBeGtp3lHc

Active men and Emblematizing women: a reflection on agency, narrative and interpretations in archaeological practiceby Dr Charlotte Hedenstierna-JonsonThis r...

Want to hear more about the legend of #RobinHood ? Join us on Tuesday for a lecture by Dr David Crook FSA where he will ...
06/03/2021
The Reverend Joseph Hunter, F.S.A., and the Legend of Robin Hood - Society of Antiquaries of London

Want to hear more about the legend of #RobinHood ? Join us on Tuesday for a lecture by Dr David Crook FSA where he will share details about a man called Robyn Hod, a porter in the household of Edward II (1323-24), who might have been the original outlaw

https://www.sal.org.uk/event/the-reverend-joseph-hunter-f-s-a-and-the-legend-of-robin-hood/

PUBLIC LECTURE The Reverend Joseph Hunter, FSA., and the Legend of Robin Hood Lecture by Dr David Crook FSA The legend of Robin Hood, a northern medieval

What will happen if the societies are forced to relocate? Relocation will break up our multi-disciplinary collaboration,...
05/03/2021

What will happen if the societies are forced to relocate?

Relocation will break up our multi-disciplinary collaboration, force the rehoming of internationally important collections at great expense, and tear apart a renowned hub of cultural and scientific excellence.

Join us on Monday for our free lecture to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay Dr Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson will speak ...
05/03/2021
IWD: Active men and Emblematizing women - Society of Antiquaries of London

Join us on Monday for our free lecture to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay

Dr Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson will speak about her work on the Birka Warrior a “warrior grave that turned out to be a woman” & the implications of this discovery

https://www.sal.org.uk/event/iwd-active-men-and-emblematizing-women/

International Women's Day Lecture We are delighted to have Dr Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson presenting a lecture on her work on women in the Viking Period

#WorldBookDay is making us miss our amazing library. Looking forward to reopening soon and sharing our unique collection...
04/03/2021

#WorldBookDay is making us miss our amazing library. Looking forward to reopening soon and sharing our unique collections!

Every year, the Courtyard Societies hold the Courtyard Lates, a late-night programme where we open our doors for the pub...
04/03/2021

Every year, the Courtyard Societies hold the Courtyard Lates, a late-night programme where we open our doors for the public to visit our collections. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back soon!

Still time to book for our lecture tomorrow 4 March 'The first stones: Penywyrlod and Gwernvale in their early Neolithic...
03/03/2021
Penywyrlod and Gwernvale in their early Neolithic context - Society of Antiquaries of London

Still time to book for our lecture tomorrow 4 March 'The first stones: Penywyrlod and Gwernvale in their early Neolithic context' by William Britnell FSA & Alasdair Whittle FSA

This lecture will be available via zoom only so registration is essential! https://www.sal.org.uk/event/penywyrlod-and-gwernvale-in-their-early-neolithic-context/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS LECTURE OUT OF LONDON IN CARDIFF* The first stones: Penywyrlod and Gwernvale in their early Neolithic context by William

Our #CollectionHighlight of the day are the Cowdray Engravings – a copy of a series of Tudor wall paintings in Cowdray H...
02/03/2021

Our #CollectionHighlight of the day are the Cowdray Engravings – a copy of a series of Tudor wall paintings in Cowdray House in West Sussex. Published in 1788, these engravings are a significant record of the originals as the house burned down and the murals were destroyed.

The Courtyard Societies need your help! Stuck between unaffordable rent rises or an extremely costly move, we’re asking ...
02/03/2021
Save BH - Society of Antiquaries of London

The Courtyard Societies need your help! Stuck between unaffordable rent rises or an extremely costly move, we’re asking the Government to work with us to find a sustainable solution.

Find out how you can help here: https://cutt.ly/SaveBH

The Society has launched a campaign to contest the rapidly escalating rental rates set by Government, in order to remain at Burlington House - its home for over 140 years.

Back in November, we went public about our situation at Burlington House. So, what’s happened since? Over 400 letters to...
01/03/2021

Back in November, we went public about our situation at Burlington House. So, what’s happened since?

Over 400 letters to MPs have been sent and 100s of parliamentarians have made representations to the Government. Last week, we were very pleased to also announce our Courtyard neighbours The Linnean Society of London and Geological Society of London are joining us in the fight too!

Thanks to everyone for their support to date. If you’d like to know more about how you can help, check out our webpage: https://cutt.ly/SaveBH

The Courtyard Societies have been co-located at Burlington House for over 145 years, thriving under a bespoke Government...
26/02/2021

The Courtyard Societies have been co-located at Burlington House for over 145 years, thriving under a bespoke Government arrangement to bring together multiple learned societies. Today The Linnean Society of London and Geological Society of London are joining our fight: https://cutt.ly/SaveBH

From our collections today, Elizabeth I's second Great Seal, used to validate documents and official correspondence.Seal...
25/02/2021

From our collections today, Elizabeth I's second Great Seal, used to validate documents and official correspondence.

Seals were of particular interest to antiquaries because of their usefulness in dating documents, and are a fascinating source to understand fashions and trends!

We host events to show the results of our research grants programme. Here are some photos from our 2019 Research Showcas...
23/02/2021

We host events to show the results of our research grants programme. Here are some photos from our 2019 Research Showcase, where grant recipients presented their work. Over 700 people visited throughout the day!

Have you heard of Richard Pynson?  He was one of the first printers of English books and responsible for the standardisa...
22/02/2021

Have you heard of Richard Pynson? He was one of the first printers of English books and responsible for the standardisation of the English language.

We’re very proud to have a copy of Henry VII’s Statutes and Ordinances of War, printed by Pyson in London in 1492.

Interesting to see the Society mentioned in @TheSun in relation to Royal patronages today. "The first recorded patronage...
19/02/2021
What is a royal patronage? Meaning explained

Interesting to see the Society mentioned in @TheSun in relation to Royal patronages today. "The first recorded patronage was that of King George II, who became involved in the Society of Antiquaries."

We are honoured to have HRH The Duke of Gloucester as our current royal patron.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3478798/royal-patronage-which-charities/

PATRONAGES are a key part of being a member of the Royal Family, offering support to charities, military associations and even public service organisations. But what is a royal patronage? Here̵…

For #InternationalWomensDay join us to hear Dr Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson on the  Birka Warrior and gender in burials...
19/02/2021
IWD: Active men and Emblematizing women - Society of Antiquaries of London

For #InternationalWomensDay join us to hear Dr Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson on the Birka Warrior and gender in burials 'Active men and Emblematizing women: a reflection on agency, narrative and interpretations in archaeological practice' #IWD #Vikings
https://www.sal.org.uk/event/iwd-active-men-and-emblematizing-women/

International Women's Day Lecture We are delighted to have Dr Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson presenting a lecture on her work on women in the Viking Period

Congratulations to the 10 new Fellows you were elected at today's ballot. 👏Welcome to the Antiquaries 🎉
18/02/2021

Congratulations to the 10 new Fellows you were elected at today's ballot. 👏

Welcome to the Antiquaries 🎉

We are live on YouTube with our evening lecture 'The Early Medieval Eye and Insular Art. The Codex Amiatinus, the Book o...
18/02/2021
SAL Evening Lecture: The Early Medieval Eye and Insular Art

We are live on YouTube with our evening lecture 'The Early Medieval Eye and Insular Art. The Codex Amiatinus, the Book of Kells, and the scholarship of Jennifer O’Reilly' by Dr Carol Farr FSA

Join us here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7EjsJ0MxuQ&feature=youtu.be

The Early Medieval Eye and Insular Art. The Codex Amiatinus, the Book of Kells, and the scholarship of Jennifer O’Reilly by Dr Carol Farr FSAThis recording w...

Mary I was born #onthisday in 1516. The successor to her half-brother Edward VI in 1553, Mary was the first queen regnan...
18/02/2021

Mary I was born #onthisday in 1516. The successor to her half-brother Edward VI in 1553, Mary was the first queen regnant of England.

Our portrait of Mary was the first major portrait of the Queen after her coronation on the 1st October 1553, painted around her 38th birthday.

Known for her devout Catholicism, Mary was nicknamed ‘Bloody Mary’ after her pursuit to reverse the Reformation and return England to Catholicism.

The jewellery worn in this painting hold historic symbolism, the pendant hanging from her waist is symbolic of her faith.

If you are are looking for more #stonehenge content (who isn't!) then join us on Thurs 25 at 5pm for a lecture by @gaffn...
17/02/2021
The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project and the Durrington Walls Pits Circle - Society of Antiquaries of London

If you are are looking for more #stonehenge content (who isn't!) then join us on Thurs 25 at 5pm for a lecture by @gaffney_v on 'The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project and the Durrington Walls Pits Circle'

https://www.sal.org.uk/event/the-stonehenge-hidden-landscapes-project-and-the-durrington-walls-pits-circle/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS LECTURE The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project and the Durrington Walls Pits Circle by Professor Vincent Gaffney FSA At a

Book now to join us for our weekly evening lecture this Thursday at 5pm. 'The Early Medieval Eye and Insular Art. The Co...
16/02/2021
The Early Medieval Eye and Insular Art. - Society of Antiquaries of London

Book now to join us for our weekly evening lecture this Thursday at 5pm.

'The Early Medieval Eye and Insular Art. The Codex Amiatinus, the Book of Kells, and the scholarship of Jennifer O’Reilly' by Dr Carol Farr FSA #medieval #bookofkells

https://www.sal.org.uk/event/the-early-medieval-eye-and-insular-art-the-codex-amiatinus-the-book-of-kells-and-the-scholarship-of-jennifer-oreilly/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS LECTURE The Early Medieval Eye and Insular Art. The Codex Amiatinus, the Book of Kells, and the scholarship of Jennifer

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The Society of Antiquaries of London focuses on the 'encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries'.

It supports an elected Fellowship of 3,000 academics, professionals, researchers, scholars and others working with material culture, and also supports conservation and grant programmes, a Public Lecture Series, an academic lecture series for Fellows, and a conference and seminar programme.

It manages an important research library and a museum at Burlington House as well as a historic property, Kelsmcott Manor in Oxfordshire, that was the former Cotswold retreat for William Morris and his family.

Visit our website for more information: https://www.sal.org.uk/

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