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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To celebrate #InternationalTranslationDay we have the trilingual Rosetta Stone. Before arriving British Museum it came t...
30/09/2021

To celebrate #InternationalTranslationDay we have the trilingual Rosetta Stone. Before arriving British Museum it came to us and in 1802 Stephen Weston FRS FSA made an English translation of the Greek text published in Archaeologia 1811.

To celebrate #InternationalTranslationDay we have the trilingual Rosetta Stone. Before arriving British Museum it came to us and in 1802 Stephen Weston FRS FSA made an English translation of the Greek text published in Archaeologia 1811.

What was the nature of the assistance the Britions gave to the #Gauls leading to Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain in ...
29/09/2021

What was the nature of the assistance the Britions gave to the #Gauls leading to Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain in 55BC and how can a grave found near Chichester help us to find out? Andrew Fitzpatrick FSA explains all on 5th October. Visit our #events page at: https://bit.ly/3wXfdoY

#Lectures #Historical #Roman

Image of Visualisation of the man buried at North Bersted by Grant Cox, ArtasMedia ltd reproduced with the permission of The Novium Museum

What was the nature of the assistance the Britions gave to the #Gauls leading to Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain in 55BC and how can a grave found near Chichester help us to find out? Andrew Fitzpatrick FSA explains all on 5th October. Visit our #events page at: https://bit.ly/3wXfdoY

#Lectures #Historical #Roman

Image of Visualisation of the man buried at North Bersted by Grant Cox, ArtasMedia ltd reproduced with the permission of The Novium Museum

28/09/2021

"Potentially, this is the first preserved Ice Age campsite in Scotland..." 🥶

Archaeologists may have found a campsite and long “tanged point” blades on Ìle (Islay) used by 'Ice Age explorers' who arrived around 12,000 years ago after the glaciers melted: https://bit.ly/3kLGqbC

For #MusicMonday we have a plate showing a medieval organ in Johanniskirche, Lüneburg. This ornate organ is an image in ...
27/09/2021

For #MusicMonday we have a plate showing a medieval organ in Johanniskirche, Lüneburg. This ornate organ is an image in Arthur G Hill's article 'The Medieval Organs at Lübeck, and some other ancient organs' from Volume 51, Issue 2 of Archaeologia, 1888.

For #MusicMonday we have a plate showing a medieval organ in Johanniskirche, Lüneburg. This ornate organ is an image in Arthur G Hill's article 'The Medieval Organs at Lübeck, and some other ancient organs' from Volume 51, Issue 2 of Archaeologia, 1888.

For #internationalrabbitday we have a drawing showing a medieval stone roof boss carved with three rabbits. This is mean...
25/09/2021

For #internationalrabbitday we have a drawing showing a medieval stone roof boss carved with three rabbits. This is meant to represent the Trinity. #rabbits

For #internationalrabbitday we have a drawing showing a medieval stone roof boss carved with three rabbits. This is meant to represent the Trinity. #rabbits

The @Holburne Museum’s exhibition 'Rossetti’s Portraits' opens today! Currently on loan from @KelmscottManor the Blue Si...
24/09/2021

The @Holburne Museum’s exhibition 'Rossetti’s Portraits' opens today! Currently on loan from @KelmscottManor the Blue Silk Dress (Jane Morris) can be seen at Holburne until January 2022. Visit their website here for more inforamtion👇https://www.holburne.org/events/rossettis-portraits/

The @Holburne Museum’s exhibition 'Rossetti’s Portraits' opens today! Currently on loan from @KelmscottManor the Blue Silk Dress (Jane Morris) can be seen at Holburne until January 2022. Visit their website here for more inforamtion👇https://www.holburne.org/events/rossettis-portraits/

The Icelandic lawspeaker, poet and writer Snorri Sturluson died #OnThisDay in 1241. He is thought to have compiled or wr...
23/09/2021

The Icelandic lawspeaker, poet and writer Snorri Sturluson died #OnThisDay in 1241. He is thought to have compiled or written parts of the 'Prose Edda', a major source for Norse mythology. William Morris was greatly influenced by the poetry and saga literature of Iceland; he produced this version of Snorri's Preface, followed by The Story of the Ynglings, on vellum in c.1873. [SAL MOR/001/002]

The Icelandic lawspeaker, poet and writer Snorri Sturluson died #OnThisDay in 1241. He is thought to have compiled or written parts of the 'Prose Edda', a major source for Norse mythology. William Morris was greatly influenced by the poetry and saga literature of Iceland; he produced this version of Snorri's Preface, followed by The Story of the Ynglings, on vellum in c.1873. [SAL MOR/001/002]

Want to find out what the term 'characterful data' means in terms of #archaeology? On 28 October Professor Chris Gosden ...
22/09/2021
English Landscapes and Identities - Society of Antiquaries of London

Want to find out what the term 'characterful data' means in terms of #archaeology? On 28 October Professor Chris Gosden will be giving a lecture in person at #BurlingtonHouse for you to find out. Visit our website to book your place 👇 https://www.sal.org.uk/event/english-landscapes-and-identities/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS EVENING LECTURE English Landscapes and Identities by Professor Chris Gosden FSA   I will present and discuss the results

It's #WorldRhinoDay! 🦏Here is De Rhinocerote from our 1552 edition of book 5 of Cosmographia by Sebastian Münster.
22/09/2021

It's #WorldRhinoDay! 🦏

Here is De Rhinocerote from our 1552 edition of book 5 of Cosmographia by Sebastian Münster.

It's #WorldRhinoDay! 🦏

Here is De Rhinocerote from our 1552 edition of book 5 of Cosmographia by Sebastian Münster.

Congratulations on your article Justin K Prim! 🎉🎉
22/09/2021

Congratulations on your article Justin K Prim! 🎉🎉

The latest edition of The Journal of Gemmology is now on its way to Gem-A Members and is available for Gem-A Members to read online, here: https://gem-a.com/jog-volume-37-issue-7

Volume 37, No. 7 contains fascinating Feature Articles and Gem Notes, including a report on the history of London's lapidaries.

On the cover is a trio of jewels from the Cheapside Hoard. Shown from left to right are three enamelled gold jewels from the hoard, consisting of an earring or pendant that is set with step-cut sapphires, a spinel briolette and emeralds; an elongate piece (possibly a fan handle) set with rose-cut amethysts and pale blue sapphires; and a pendant containing amethyst briolettes.

📸 Photos in this composite image are © the Museum of London.

#gemmologyeducation #gemmology #cheapsidehoard #journalofgemmology

Dr Madeleine Pelling shall be giving an evening talk on 21 October in #BurlingtonHouse exploring opportunities open to #...
21/09/2021
Catherine Downes' excavation of Roman Warminster, 1786 - Society of Antiquaries of London

Dr Madeleine Pelling shall be giving an evening talk on 21 October in #BurlingtonHouse exploring opportunities open to #women in early archaeological practice through the work of Catherine Downes. To book your place visit👇
https://www.sal.org.uk/event/catherine-downes-excavation-of-roman-warminster-1786/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS EVENING LECTURE 'I took a man over & began to dig': Catherine Downes' excavation of Roman Warminster, 1786 by Dr Madeleine

Our Library and collections staff have gathered together some of the highlights from our 'Henry VIII: Defender of the Fa...
20/09/2021

Our Library and collections staff have gathered together some of the highlights from our 'Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith' online exhibition for display in the Library.

If you are coming to our Ordinary Meeting of Fellows on 7 October, 'Recent fieldwork on hillforts and other earthworks in Wales', you will have the opportunity to see these objects at the wine reception in the Library at the close of the meeting.

To visit the online exhibition before coming to the Library, follow this link: https://stories.sal.org.uk/henryviii/

And to book your tickets to this in-person lecture, visit our website: https://www.sal.org.uk/event/recent-fieldwork-on-hillforts-and-other-earthworks-in-wales/

Our Library and collections staff have gathered together some of the highlights from our 'Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith' online exhibition for display in the Library.

If you are coming to our Ordinary Meeting of Fellows on 7 October, 'Recent fieldwork on hillforts and other earthworks in Wales', you will have the opportunity to see these objects at the wine reception in the Library at the close of the meeting.

To visit the online exhibition before coming to the Library, follow this link: https://stories.sal.org.uk/henryviii/

And to book your tickets to this in-person lecture, visit our website: https://www.sal.org.uk/event/recent-fieldwork-on-hillforts-and-other-earthworks-in-wales/

These hand-coloured engravings by Samuel Lysons FSA show part of a mosaic pavement from the Roman villa at Bignor, West ...
20/09/2021

These hand-coloured engravings by Samuel Lysons FSA show part of a mosaic pavement from the Roman villa at Bignor, West Sussex, discovered in 1811 by farmer George Tupper. Lysons, a leading antiquary and mosaic specialist, made several reports to the Society during his 6 years of excavations. His accounts of the discoveries were read at Society meetings and are printed in our 'Archaeologia' journal. #MosaicMonday

19/09/2021
Searching for the ice age pioneers - Society of Antiquaries of London

Our joint #talk with Society of Antiquaries of Scotland will be on 11 October. We are excited to hear Professor Steve Mithen discussing the excavations that took place after foraging pigs exposed flint artefacts. #archaeology Register for you ticket here: https://bit.ly/3x21BZw

SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LONDON AND SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF SCOTLAND JOINT LECTURE The Society of Antiquaries of London and the Society of Antiquaries

Our free daylong conference is next month! 🎉 We are so excited to see everyone at #BurlingtonHouse learning about the po...
18/09/2021

Our free daylong conference is next month! 🎉 We are so excited to see everyone at #BurlingtonHouse learning about the political culture in 1300-1815. After so long apart, we have a wine reception afterwards. Book for 9 Oct here: https://bit.ly/3iyIwJv
Woodcut of Parliament 1627

Our free daylong conference is next month! 🎉 We are so excited to see everyone at #BurlingtonHouse learning about the political culture in 1300-1815. After so long apart, we have a wine reception afterwards. Book for 9 Oct here: https://bit.ly/3iyIwJv
Woodcut of Parliament 1627

For this week's @artukdotorg #OnlineArtExchange of fabulous #fashion we have a woodcut from Habiti Antichi, et Moderni d...
16/09/2021

For this week's @artukdotorg #OnlineArtExchange of fabulous #fashion we have a woodcut from Habiti Antichi, et Moderni di tutto il Mondo the 16th-century global costume guide. We love this almost mysterious hooded figure.

For this week's @artukdotorg #OnlineArtExchange of fabulous #fashion we have a woodcut from Habiti Antichi, et Moderni di tutto il Mondo the 16th-century global costume guide. We love this almost mysterious hooded figure.

#OnThisDay in 1505 Mary of Austria was born. She was Queen Consort of Hungary in 1522–6 and Regent of the Burgundian Net...
15/09/2021

#OnThisDay in 1505 Mary of Austria was born. She was Queen Consort of Hungary in 1522–6 and Regent of the Burgundian Netherlands in 1531–56. This three-quarter-length portrait depicts Mary at the age of fourteen.

#OnThisDay in 1505 Mary of Austria was born. She was Queen Consort of Hungary in 1522–6 and Regent of the Burgundian Netherlands in 1531–56. This three-quarter-length portrait depicts Mary at the age of fourteen.

#Onthisday 700 years ago Dante Alighieri, died. In this version of Divine Comedy, Dante himself features on the frontisp...
14/09/2021

#Onthisday 700 years ago Dante Alighieri, died. In this version of Divine Comedy, Dante himself features on the frontispiece! This copy from 1491 is the first fully illustrated edition of what is widely considered one of the most important poems of the Middle Ages.

#Onthisday 700 years ago Dante Alighieri, died. In this version of Divine Comedy, Dante himself features on the frontispiece! This copy from 1491 is the first fully illustrated edition of what is widely considered one of the most important poems of the Middle Ages.

Have you ever wondered when the Maltese islands were first colonised? On Oct 14 we have Caroline Malone in #BurlingtonHo...
13/09/2021
Revisiting the Origins of Prehistoric Malta - Society of Antiquaries of London

Have you ever wondered when the Maltese islands were first colonised? On Oct 14 we have Caroline Malone in #BurlingtonHouse discussing how the ERC Fragsus Project helped the progress of understanding this history. Get your free tickets here: https://bit.ly/3E6ONFZ

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS EVENING LECTURE Revisiting the Origins of Prehistoric Malta: Temples, landscapes and change: the work of the ERC Fragsus

Happy birthday to John Leland, poet and antiquary, born #OnThisDay c.1503. Leland styled himself 'antiquarius' and obtai...
13/09/2021

Happy birthday to John Leland, poet and antiquary, born #OnThisDay c.1503. Leland styled himself 'antiquarius' and obtained special permission from Henry VIII to search monastic libraries for manuscripts and books of historical interest. He greatly lamented the destruction of these libraries during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Leland's notebooks of his travels around England and Wales were eventually published in the 18th century by Thomas Hearne. This work features in our online exhibition, 'Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith?': https://stories.sal.org.uk/henryviii/the-break-with-rome/

Happy birthday to John Leland, poet and antiquary, born #OnThisDay c.1503. Leland styled himself 'antiquarius' and obtained special permission from Henry VIII to search monastic libraries for manuscripts and books of historical interest. He greatly lamented the destruction of these libraries during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Leland's notebooks of his travels around England and Wales were eventually published in the 18th century by Thomas Hearne. This work features in our online exhibition, 'Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith?': https://stories.sal.org.uk/henryviii/the-break-with-rome/

Professor Susan Doran is going to be giving a #LunchtimeLecture on Queenship in Early Modern England tomorrow!To book yo...
13/09/2021
Queenship in Early Modern England? - Society of Antiquaries of London

Professor Susan Doran is going to be giving a #LunchtimeLecture on Queenship in Early Modern England tomorrow!
To book your place visit: https://bit.ly/3hUaWhV or you can watch the stream on our YouTube channel @SocAntiquaries
#Queenship #Monarchy #Event #Talk #Royalty #Lecture

PUBLIC LECTURE A Monstrous Regiment of Women: Queenship in Early Modern England? by Professor Susan Doran This lecture has been rescheduled and will now

Our first Ordinary Meeting in person since March 2019 is on 7 Oct! Paul Belford will be talking about #excavations on hi...
12/09/2021
Recent fieldwork on hillforts and other earthworks in Wales - Society of Antiquaries of London

Our first Ordinary Meeting in person since March 2019 is on 7 Oct! Paul Belford will be talking about #excavations on hillforts and linear earthworks in Wales. With refreshments before and sherry afterwards we're so excited to see you all again! Book here: https://bit.ly/3z5iyU2

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS EVENING LECTURE Recent fieldwork on hillforts and other earthworks in Wales by Paul Belford FSA In the last few years the

François I, King of France was born #onthisday in 1494. This #portrait was probably painted in François’s lifetime, c 15...
12/09/2021

François I, King of France was born #onthisday in 1494. This #portrait was probably painted in François’s lifetime, c 1515–19, based on a portrait type created while he was still beardless.

François I, King of France was born #onthisday in 1494. This #portrait was probably painted in François’s lifetime, c 1515–19, based on a portrait type created while he was still beardless.

On 5/10 Andrew Fitzpatrick is going to be in #BurlingtonHouse talking about how a grave near Chichester may bring us fac...
11/09/2021
Fighting Caesar: Britons in Gaul and Gauls in Britain in Caesar’s Battle for Gaul - Society of Antiquaries of London

On 5/10 Andrew Fitzpatrick is going to be in #BurlingtonHouse talking about how a grave near Chichester may bring us face to face with a man who took part in one of the most dramatic episodes in Europe’s early history. Book tickets to Fighting Caesar here: https://bit.ly/3A2v5ZO

LUNCHTIME LECTURE Fighting Caesar: Britons in Gaul and Gauls in Britain in Caesar’s Battle for Gaul by Andrew Fitzpatrick FSA Julius Caesar invaded

On the last day of #BHOpenHouse posts, we have this tiny door to a small cupboard. The label on it says, ‘Museum Large O...
10/09/2021

On the last day of #BHOpenHouse posts, we have this tiny door to a small cupboard. The label on it says, ‘Museum Large Object Store’. We’re not sure what would have fit in there though. It makes us feel like giants!

On the last day of #BHOpenHouse posts, we have this tiny door to a small cupboard. The label on it says, ‘Museum Large Object Store’. We’re not sure what would have fit in there though. It makes us feel like giants!

Our gorgeous library has multiple balconies from the first floor. The third one is not for the faint hearted though with...
09/09/2021

Our gorgeous library has multiple balconies from the first floor. The third one is not for the faint hearted though with one side having a steep spiral staircase. #BHOpenHouse

On day 3 of #BHOpenHouse we have our mantelpiece clock sits over the door of The Meeting Room at Burlington House. Still...
08/09/2021

On day 3 of #BHOpenHouse we have our mantelpiece clock sits over the door of The Meeting Room at Burlington House. Still used to keep us on time during our meetings today the clock was designed by William Chambers and dates to 1786.

On day 3 of #BHOpenHouse we have our mantelpiece clock sits over the door of The Meeting Room at Burlington House. Still used to keep us on time during our meetings today the clock was designed by William Chambers and dates to 1786.

#Onthisday in 1533 Queen Elizabeth I was born. Here is her image on a cast of a seal used during her reign.  This side o...
07/09/2021

#Onthisday in 1533 Queen Elizabeth I was born. Here is her image on a cast of a seal used during her reign. This side of the cast shows her in her costume, with regalia, badges and #heraldry. It is not known what document this cast came from.

#Onthisday in 1533 Queen Elizabeth I was born. Here is her image on a cast of a seal used during her reign. This side of the cast shows her in her costume, with regalia, badges and #heraldry. It is not known what document this cast came from.

What’s through the window? … Another window!  Within the library we have one window to another window. They’re only sepa...
07/09/2021

What’s through the window? … Another window! Within the library we have one window to another window. They’re only separated by a space with a radiator in it. Anyone got any guesses why? Because we’re stuck! #BHOpenHouse

What’s through the window? … Another window! Within the library we have one window to another window. They’re only separated by a space with a radiator in it. Anyone got any guesses why? Because we’re stuck! #BHOpenHouse

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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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Great article in Salon on Leonardo da Vinci and the Virgin and Child with St. Anne.
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Good Morning - My name is Phil Greco from the Masonic Network. I am about to host a podcast on the history of Freemasonry. We would love to know if you have a knowledgeable member who could discuss William Stukeley and his role with the Antiquaries...possible?
Professor Glenn Richardson FSA will be a part of this event to mark the 500th anniversary this summer of the Field of Cloth of Gold
Do South Africans have a permission to be members
*One Week To Go* Please contribute to our Food Research & Digital Scholarship 2019 Survey to help us find out 1) what archives we as a #food #research community use, and 2) priority for future #digitisation. Please participate through the link below: bit.ly/2DkR96c (I hope the admins are ok with me posting this brief reminder)
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Day 6 of my research trip to Wales, and it's time to say thank you. I'm very grateful to the Society of Antiquaries who awarded me a Lambarde travel grant earlier this year to help with the costs of visiting the National Library of Wales as I research the evacuation here of books, manuscripts and art from the major London museums and galleries during the Second World War. Without this, this trip would have been much harder, and probably shorter, meaning I'd have missed out on some key discoveries. Thank you for all the help you give to heritage research. Yesterday I explored the now-derelict secret ARP cave shelter where national treasures were kept between 1940 and 1945...
The kite aerial remote sensing page of the West Lothian Archaeological Trust (including Stroud Aerial Archaeology) has been rebadged as a personal blog on multi-platform, archaeological aerial thermography and near-infrared photography: https://www.facebook.com/KARSensing/
Head over to this event page for a video of designers Andie Scott & Sophie's Atelier fitting the performative costume for #MarysHand, recreated from a portrait by Hans Eworth, held at the Society of Antiquaries of London, where we perform excerpts this week: https://www.facebook.com/events/1783689848406551/