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.
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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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The immense Nuremberg Chronicle was published #OnThisDay in 1493. The 'Liber chronicarum' by Hartmann Schedel is the mos...
12/07/2021

The immense Nuremberg Chronicle was published #OnThisDay in 1493. The 'Liber chronicarum' by Hartmann Schedel is the most extensively-illustrated printed book of the 15th century, with over 1800 images from around 642 woodblocks! Pictured is our copy with some coloured #woodcuts.

After 500 years our current monarch Queen #ElizabethII still holds the papal title of Defender of the Faith. To find out...
10/07/2021

After 500 years our current monarch Queen #ElizabethII still holds the papal title of Defender of the Faith. To find out how the monarchy got this title visit our online exhibition ‘Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith?’. For the exhibition visit: https://stories.sal.org.uk/henryviii/

#DefenderOfTheFaith #OnlineExhibition #Tudor #HenryVIII #Museum #SocAntiquaries

Image: An eighteenth century engraving of a sixteenth century cast silver medal of Henry VIII, taken from the original that sits in the British Museum.

After 500 years our current monarch Queen #ElizabethII still holds the papal title of Defender of the Faith. To find out how the monarchy got this title visit our online exhibition ‘Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith?’. For the exhibition visit: https://stories.sal.org.uk/henryviii/

#DefenderOfTheFaith #OnlineExhibition #Tudor #HenryVIII #Museum #SocAntiquaries

Image: An eighteenth century engraving of a sixteenth century cast silver medal of Henry VIII, taken from the original that sits in the British Museum.

Consulted in the Library this week was a Brut Chronicle, a chronicle of England up to 1322. Both flyleaves are covered i...
09/07/2021

Consulted in the Library this week was a Brut Chronicle, a chronicle of England up to 1322. Both flyleaves are covered in inscriptions spanning four centuries. One note in an 18th-century hand says this manuscript is said to have been property of William Caxton. [MS 93] #FlyleafFriday

09/07/2021
The Royal Chapel in the Sixteenth Century - Society of Antiquaries of London

As part of our Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith? exhibition we have another free online event on Tuesday 20th July!
Visit 👉 https://bit.ly/3wrPgO7 to book your place at The Royal Chapels in the Sixteenth Century lecture by Maurice Howard Hon VPSA. #Lunchtimelearning

PUBLIC LECTURE The Royal Chapel in the Sixteenth Century: buildings and fittings by Professor Maurice Howard Hon VPSA This lecture is in conjunction with

📣 SALON our fortnightly e-newsletter came out yesterday! 🎉 To subscribe visit https://bit.ly/2UzJEnBIn this edition find...
08/07/2021
Salon - Society of Antiquaries of London

📣 SALON our fortnightly e-newsletter came out yesterday! 🎉 To subscribe visit https://bit.ly/2UzJEnB

In this edition find information on Sir David Attenborough’s recent letter to the Prime Minister in support of the #BurlingtonHouse campaign. You’ll also find our Editor’s Highlights on topics such as the third round of Culture Recovery Fund and the threatened closure of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery.

#SALON #SocAntiquaries #Newsletter

The Society of Antiquaries of London Online Newsletter (Salon) is a fortnightly digest of news from the heritage sector.

#BurlingtonHouse continues to be treated as an investment property by @mhclg. With the support of Sir David Attenborough...
08/07/2021

#BurlingtonHouse continues to be treated as an investment property by @mhclg. With the support of Sir David Attenborough, we are urging @10DowningStreet to get involved so that we can secure our collective future alongside Geological Society of London The Linnean Society of London & Royal Astronomical Society.

You can read David Attenborough’s letter to the Prime Minister here: https://www.sal.org.uk/2021/07/sir-david-attenborough-calls-on-prime-minister-to-solve-crisis-threatening-four-of-the-uks-scientific-and-cultural-institutions/

#BurlingtonHouse continues to be treated as an investment property by @mhclg. With the support of Sir David Attenborough, we are urging @10DowningStreet to get involved so that we can secure our collective future alongside Geological Society of London The Linnean Society of London & Royal Astronomical Society.

You can read David Attenborough’s letter to the Prime Minister here: https://www.sal.org.uk/2021/07/sir-david-attenborough-calls-on-prime-minister-to-solve-crisis-threatening-four-of-the-uks-scientific-and-cultural-institutions/

Congratulations to our new President, Professor Martin Millett FSA. Martin has previously served as Director & Treasurer...
07/07/2021
Message from our new President, Professor Martin Millett - Society of Antiquaries of London

Congratulations to our new President, Professor Martin Millett FSA. Martin has previously served as Director & Treasurer of the Society, is an archaeologist & Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge.

You can read his first message here https://www.sal.org.uk/2021/07/message-from-president-martin-millett/

A welcome message from our new President, Professor Martin Millett

Sir David Attenborough has called on @10DowningStreet to intervene as rapidly rising rents set by @MHCLG threatens the f...
07/07/2021

Sir David Attenborough has called on @10DowningStreet to intervene as rapidly rising rents set by @MHCLG threatens the future of the societies at #BurlingtonHouse. You can read his letter to the Prime Minister here https://www.sal.org.uk/2021/07/sir-david-attenborough-calls-on-prime-minister-to-solve-crisis-threatening-four-of-the-uks-scientific-and-cultural-institutions/

Sir David Attenborough has called on @10DowningStreet to intervene as rapidly rising rents set by @MHCLG threatens the future of the societies at #BurlingtonHouse. You can read his letter to the Prime Minister here https://www.sal.org.uk/2021/07/sir-david-attenborough-calls-on-prime-minister-to-solve-crisis-threatening-four-of-the-uks-scientific-and-cultural-institutions/

#OnThisDay in 1535 the author of this manuscript Sir Thomas More was executed after refusing to accept King Henry VIII a...
06/07/2021

#OnThisDay in 1535 the author of this manuscript Sir Thomas More was executed after refusing to accept King Henry VIII as head of the church. Want to know more about why Henry might have chosen to break away from the Catholic Church in Rome visit our online exhibition ‘Henry VIII: Defender Of The Faith?’. For the exhibition visit: https://stories.sal.org.uk/henryviii/

#DefenderOfTheFaith #OnlineExhibition #HenryVIII #ThomasMore #Tudors #Museum #SocAntiquaries #OTD

Image: ‘The Workes of Sir Thomas More Knyght’ printed in 1557. Donated to the library by a descendent of Maurice Johnson in 1862.

#OnThisDay in 1535 the author of this manuscript Sir Thomas More was executed after refusing to accept King Henry VIII as head of the church. Want to know more about why Henry might have chosen to break away from the Catholic Church in Rome visit our online exhibition ‘Henry VIII: Defender Of The Faith?’. For the exhibition visit: https://stories.sal.org.uk/henryviii/

#DefenderOfTheFaith #OnlineExhibition #HenryVIII #ThomasMore #Tudors #Museum #SocAntiquaries #OTD

Image: ‘The Workes of Sir Thomas More Knyght’ printed in 1557. Donated to the library by a descendent of Maurice Johnson in 1862.

Did King #HenryVIII break away from Rome simply to get remarried? With rarely-seen before portraits, manuscripts, object...
05/07/2021

Did King #HenryVIII break away from Rome simply to get remarried? With rarely-seen before portraits, manuscripts, objects and books from our collections visit our new online exhibition ‘Henry VIII: Defender Of The Faith?’ to find out. For the exhibition visit: https://stories.sal.org.uk/henryviii/

#DefenderOfTheFaith #OnlineExhibition #Tudor #Museum #SocAntiquaries

Did King #HenryVIII break away from Rome simply to get remarried? With rarely-seen before portraits, manuscripts, objects and books from our collections visit our new online exhibition ‘Henry VIII: Defender Of The Faith?’ to find out. For the exhibition visit: https://stories.sal.org.uk/henryviii/

#DefenderOfTheFaith #OnlineExhibition #Tudor #Museum #SocAntiquaries

When your medieval manuscript is wrapped inside... another medieval manuscript! The Black Book of Peterborough, a regist...
03/07/2021

When your medieval manuscript is wrapped inside... another medieval manuscript! The Black Book of Peterborough, a register of Peterborough Abbey, 12th-14thC, was looked at this week in our Library. It features many scripts, including on the recycled endpapers (top-left). [MS 60]

When your medieval manuscript is wrapped inside... another medieval manuscript! The Black Book of Peterborough, a register of Peterborough Abbey, 12th-14thC, was looked at this week in our Library. It features many scripts, including on the recycled endpapers (top-left). [MS 60]

We are excited to announce that we have just launched our 1st online exhibition 'Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith?' fea...
02/07/2021
Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith?

We are excited to announce that we have just launched our 1st online exhibition 'Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith?' featuring unique & rarely-seen objects from our collection

This exhibition examines the private life & public persona of #HenryVIII; his personal and political motivations for obtaining the title of ‘defender’; and how these same motivations saw him shift from ‘defender’ to ‘adversary’, to become England’s most notorious King.

Our thanks to Dr John Cooper FSA & Prof Maurice Howard Hon VPSA who curated this exhibition alongside our Museum Collections Manager Kate Bagnall.

To read more visit our new exhibition site here https://stories.sal.org.uk/henryviii/

In 1521, five hundred years ago this year, King Henry VIII was awarded the title ‘Defender of the Faith’ for his defence of the Catholic Church against the threat of Martin Luther. What does this tell us about England’s most famous king? Why did Henry then break away from Rome, declaring indep...

May your #July be fruitful 🍓Calendar page from our illuminated Book of Hours (use of Rouen), c.1500 [MS 13]
01/07/2021

May your #July be fruitful 🍓

Calendar page from our illuminated Book of Hours (use of Rouen), c.1500 [MS 13]

May your #July be fruitful 🍓

Calendar page from our illuminated Book of Hours (use of Rouen), c.1500 [MS 13]

Despite our shared ambition to stay at #BurlingtonHouse, continuing to increase rent, even at a slower rate of increase ...
01/07/2021

Despite our shared ambition to stay at #BurlingtonHouse, continuing to increase rent, even at a slower rate of increase will still ultimately force us to leave. A sustainable solution needs to be found urgently. Find out how you can help here: https://www.sal.org.uk/save-burlington-house/

Despite our shared ambition to stay at #BurlingtonHouse, continuing to increase rent, even at a slower rate of increase will still ultimately force us to leave. A sustainable solution needs to be found urgently. Find out how you can help here: https://www.sal.org.uk/save-burlington-house/

We’ve reached a critical stage of negotiations at #BurlingtonHouse. Alongside The Linnean Society of London Geological S...
29/06/2021
Save BH - Society of Antiquaries of London

We’ve reached a critical stage of negotiations at #BurlingtonHouse. Alongside The Linnean Society of London Geological Society of London and Royal Astronomical Society we have gained immense support and are continuing to urge the Government to look on our home as more than an investment property.

Read our latest update here and find out how you can support our campaign to stay: https://www.sal.org.uk/save-burlington-house/

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.

Henry VIII was born #OnThisDay in 1491! But just who was the real Henry? Find out tomorrow with our free online public l...
28/06/2021
Henry VIII: Power, Propaganda and Personality - Society of Antiquaries of London

Henry VIII was born #OnThisDay in 1491! But just who was the real Henry? Find out tomorrow with our free online public lecture by Dr John Cooper FSA: "Henry VIII: Power, Propaganda and Personality". Book to watch on Zoom or tune in to our YouTube channel, 1-2pm
👉https://www.sal.org.uk/event/henry-viii/

PUBLIC LECTURE Henry VIII: Power, Propaganda and Personality by Dr John Cooper FSA Who was King Henry VIII, and why does he continue to fascinate and to

Richard III became King of England #OnThisDay in 1483. Our famous arch-topped portrait, painted c.1510-40, is considered...
26/06/2021

Richard III became King of England #OnThisDay in 1483. Our famous arch-topped portrait, painted c.1510-40, is considered to be the earliest-surviving likeness of Richard. It was based on a lost prototype made during his brief reign of only two years.
https://www.sal.org.uk/collections/explore-our-collections/collections-highlights/richard-iii-arched-1452-1485/

Richard III became King of England #OnThisDay in 1483. Our famous arch-topped portrait, painted c.1510-40, is considered to be the earliest-surviving likeness of Richard. It was based on a lost prototype made during his brief reign of only two years.
https://www.sal.org.uk/collections/explore-our-collections/collections-highlights/richard-iii-arched-1452-1485/

Our icon of John the Baptist, whose nativity is celebrated today, was given to the Society in 1938. It was originally th...
24/06/2021

Our icon of John the Baptist, whose nativity is celebrated today, was given to the Society in 1938. It was originally thought to be 17th century but has since been revised to the second half of the 16th, likely painted by a Cretan artist. [LDSAL 1306]
https://www.sal.org.uk/collections/explore-our-collections/collections-highlights/st-john-the-baptist/

Our icon of John the Baptist, whose nativity is celebrated today, was given to the Society in 1938. It was originally thought to be 17th century but has since been revised to the second half of the 16th, likely painted by a Cretan artist. [LDSAL 1306]
https://www.sal.org.uk/collections/explore-our-collections/collections-highlights/st-john-the-baptist/

These are some of our beautiful William Morris manuscripts that were looked at today in our Library. They include Morris...
22/06/2021

These are some of our beautiful William Morris manuscripts that were looked at today in our Library. They include Morris' handwritten English translations of Egil's Saga (below left), parts of Heimskringla (written on vellum, above), and Lancelot du Lac (below right).

These are some of our beautiful William Morris manuscripts that were looked at today in our Library. They include Morris' handwritten English translations of Egil's Saga (below left), parts of Heimskringla (written on vellum, above), and Lancelot du Lac (below right).

Join us next Tuesday to hear a lecture by Dr John Cooper FSA  who will explore our collection of #HenryVIII material & l...
22/06/2021
Henry VIII: Power, Propaganda and Personality - Society of Antiquaries of London

Join us next Tuesday to hear a lecture by Dr John Cooper FSA who will explore our collection of #HenryVIII material & launch our new online exhibition 'Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith?'

500 years ago this year, King Henry VIII (r.1509-47) was named ‘Defender of the Faith’- the title awarded by the Pope for his defence of the Catholic Church against the threat of Martin Luther. Gathering our rarely seen portraits, manuscripts, books, and objects, this exhibition will explore the private life and public persona of the monarch on whom this title was conferred; how personal and political motivations led to Henry’s shift from ‘defender’ to adversary; and how the title of ‘defended’ was restored and retained under the queenship of his daughters Mary and Elizabeth.

This lecture will launch this exhibition and is free to attend. To book visit our website https://www.sal.org.uk/event/henry-viii/

PUBLIC LECTURE Henry VIII: Power, Propaganda and Personality by Dr John Cooper FSA Who was King Henry VIII, and why does he continue to fascinate and to

Last summer we held a special #solstice free public lecture on Stonehenge given by Heather Sebire FSA, Senior Historic P...
21/06/2021
SAL Public Lecture: Stonehenge Solstice AD2020

Last summer we held a special #solstice free public lecture on Stonehenge given by Heather Sebire FSA, Senior Historic Property Curator at English Heritage. Watch it on our YouTube channel here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=4bMroXwgNJk&t=3s
Perfect viewing for a rainy afternoon!

This recording took place at the Society's apartments in Burlington House, Piccadilly. The Society of Antiquaries has recorded this content, with permission ...

Happy #SummerSolstice! Today is the longest day of the year. Though sadly it is not very summery today in cold and rainy...
21/06/2021

Happy #SummerSolstice! Today is the longest day of the year. Though sadly it is not very summery today in cold and rainy London! Instead, we are looking forward to sunnier times and enjoying this vibrant oil painting that hangs in our Burlington House apartments, "Stonehenge from the East" by John William Inchbold, 1866.

Happy #SummerSolstice! Today is the longest day of the year. Though sadly it is not very summery today in cold and rainy London! Instead, we are looking forward to sunnier times and enjoying this vibrant oil painting that hangs in our Burlington House apartments, "Stonehenge from the East" by John William Inchbold, 1866.

Our copy of this very large and heavy early-printed Latin Bible (Nuremberg, 1478) was a gift from William Morris to his ...
20/06/2021

Our copy of this very large and heavy early-printed Latin Bible (Nuremberg, 1478) was a gift from William Morris to his daughter, May, in 1893. An influential designer and embroiderer in her own right, May Morris was at this time director of the embroidery department at her father's company, Morris & Co. She was aged only 23 when she took up the post of director in 1885. #FathersDay

There's still time to book for our free online conference "Intertwined Histories: The Legacies of Colonialism and Empire...
17/06/2021

There's still time to book for our free online conference "Intertwined Histories: The Legacies of Colonialism and Empire" happening tomorrow!

To book a place on Zoom and to find out more about the talks, speakers and timetable, visit our website 👇
https://www.sal.org.uk/event/intertwined-histories-the-legacies-of-colonialism-and-empire/

The event will also be live-streamed via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SocAntiquaries

There's still time to book for our free online conference "Intertwined Histories: The Legacies of Colonialism and Empire" happening tomorrow!

To book a place on Zoom and to find out more about the talks, speakers and timetable, visit our website 👇
https://www.sal.org.uk/event/intertwined-histories-the-legacies-of-colonialism-and-empire/

The event will also be live-streamed via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SocAntiquaries

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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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