Society of Antiquaries of London

Society of Antiquaries of London We support conservation & scholarship related to material culture.
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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. It also supports conservation and grant programmes, a Public Lecture Series, an aca

demic 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, Kelmscott Manor in Oxfordshire, that was the former Cotswold retreat for William Morris and his family.

  in 1562 Jan van Scorel died. This portrait of him in the Society's collection is one of only three likenesses of the U...
06/12/2023

in 1562 Jan van Scorel died. This portrait of him in the Society's collection is one of only three likenesses of the Utrecht artist, poet, musician, clergyman and antiquary in existence; it is a picture of one highly successful sixteenth-century north Netherlandish artist by another, Anthonis Mor van Dashorst.

Join us tomorrow evening for a lecture that offers a unique perspective on Rome's evolution. Discover how Eastern Caelia...
06/12/2023

Join us tomorrow evening for a lecture that offers a unique perspective on Rome's evolution. Discover how Eastern Caelian played a pivotal role in the shift from classical to late antiquity with Ian Haynes: https://bit.ly/46ni9Oj

Looking at the uniquely rich insight Eastern Caelian offers into the transformation of Rome from the Classical World to Late Antiquity.

Join us tomorrow to discover the magic of Dickens, antiquity, and the art of literary tourism. Prepare for an unforgetta...
04/12/2023

Join us tomorrow to discover the magic of Dickens, antiquity, and the art of literary tourism. Prepare for an unforgettable journey!

Booking can be found on our website here: https://bit.ly/3rP2QyT

Tourism of ‘Dickens’s London’ flourished at the turn of the twentieth century, from tours and guidebooks, to magic lantern shows and merchandising. Dr Lee Jackson analyses the origins of this phenomenon, rooted in Dickens’s own imaginative antiquarianism – his love of ‘old buildings and ...

Join us on 14 December for a soirée that unwraps the history of Christmas. It's a festive evening filled with wonder and...
02/12/2023

Join us on 14 December for a soirée that unwraps the history of Christmas. It's a festive evening filled with wonder and discovery, from ancient traditions to modern celebrations. Tickets to our Mulled Wine Reception are £10.

Don't miss out: https://bit.ly/3toGuVj

Join us to celebrate the end of the year with our Annual Christmas Soirée and Mulled Wine Reception. The meeting will begin with Society business and will

There is still time to embark on a literary journey through time! Immerse yourself in a lecture on the birth of modern b...
29/11/2023

There is still time to embark on a literary journey through time! Immerse yourself in a lecture on the birth of modern books. Learn how changes in typography and design mirror larger cultural shifts, giving rise to the books we treasure today.

Book your free place for tomorrow's lecture here: https://bit.ly/3LkhMeP

The modern books that we hold in our hands today – and the visual texture of the pages within them – took their current form during the middle decades of the eighteenth century. In this illustrated lecture, Richard Wendorf examines the changes in capitalization, italicization, quotation marks, a...

During his period as President of the Society in 1811, Sir Henry Charles Englefield pursued his geological interests. He...
28/11/2023

During his period as President of the Society in 1811, Sir Henry Charles Englefield pursued his geological interests. He commissioned Thomas Webster to make careful observations of the geology of the Isle of Wight, the first result of which was this beautiful hand-coloured map. Also showing parts of Hampshire and Dorset, this is a particularly impressive example of how the activities of the Society helped shape our understanding of the construction and age of the earth.

This watercolour of Waltham Cross from the Swans Inn Looking towards London was commissioned by the Society to Jacob Sch...
27/11/2023

This watercolour of Waltham Cross from the Swans Inn Looking towards London was commissioned by the Society to Jacob Schnebbelie. The cross was considered a valuable object for the Society to help preserve because it was one of twelve monuments that marked the resting place of the funeral procession of Queen Eleanor, wife of Edward I, during its journey back to London from Lincolnshire in 1290.

Unwrap the secrets of Christmas on 14 December! Join us for a soirée and mulled wine reception that takes you on a journ...
24/11/2023

Unwrap the secrets of Christmas on 14 December! Join us for a soirée and mulled wine reception that takes you on a journey through the rich history of this beloved holiday. It's a celebration unlike any other.

Tickets are £10 from our website: https://bit.ly/3toGuVj

We are so excited that our Librarian and Archivist could attend Senate House Library today for  . Let us know if you vis...
23/11/2023

We are so excited that our Librarian and Archivist could attend Senate House Library today for . Let us know if you visit their stall! IHR History Lab

Mark your calendars! On December 5, we delve into the world of Dickens, antiquity, and literary tourism. It's an experie...
23/11/2023

Mark your calendars! On December 5, we delve into the world of Dickens, antiquity, and literary tourism. It's an experience that promises to delight and inspire. See you there: https://bit.ly/3rP2QyT

Tourism of ‘Dickens’s London’ flourished at the turn of the twentieth century, from tours and guidebooks, to magic lantern shows and merchandising. Dr Lee Jackson analyses the origins of this phenomenon, rooted in Dickens’s own imaginative antiquarianism – his love of ‘old buildings and ...

There is still time to book your place for tomorrow's lecture in York on Boynton Hall's archaeology and social history. ...
22/11/2023

There is still time to book your place for tomorrow's lecture in York on Boynton Hall's archaeology and social history. Prepare to be captivated by tales of the past that shaped its buildings, landscape, and community in York.

Book your free place here: https://bit.ly/3YZhYGc

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS EVENING LECTURE Out of London Meeting: York Boynton Hall Simply Told by Dr Adrian Green FSA Boynton Hall, near

A fabulous moustache being pulled off by one of the Society's Presidents, Sir Mortimer  Wheeler, for   and  .
21/11/2023

A fabulous moustache being pulled off by one of the Society's Presidents, Sir Mortimer Wheeler, for and .

We're so excited to be going back to Senate House for their History Day 2023 and can't wait to see you in person again s...
20/11/2023

We're so excited to be going back to Senate House for their History Day 2023 and can't wait to see you in person again since we were last there in 2018.

Go to their website to find out more about how you can come and visit our stall and other organisations on Thursday 23 November: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/history-day-2023

If you missed our online content for their previous History Days, you can have a look at our 2022 contribution here: https://historycollections.blogs.sas.ac.uk/discover-collections-2022/

Unearth the secrets of Eastern Caelian on 7 December! This lecture offers insights into Rome's shift from classical to l...
19/11/2023

Unearth the secrets of Eastern Caelian on 7 December! This lecture offers insights into Rome's shift from classical to late antiquity. Prepare for a journey through time: https://bit.ly/46ni9Oj

Looking at the uniquely rich insight Eastern Caelian offers into the transformation of Rome from the Classical World to Late Antiquity.

Have you ever wondered how the books we read today took their shape? 🤔 On 30 November, dive into the past with Richard W...
18/11/2023

Have you ever wondered how the books we read today took their shape? 🤔 On 30 November, dive into the past with Richard Wendorf's lecture. Explore the cultural shifts that paved the way for the capitalisation, italics, and more that define today's books.

Book your free place here: https://bit.ly/3LkhMeP

Image provided by the speaker.

Today Mary I had a personal chat with Antiques Roadshow's jewellery specialist, Geoffrey Munn, to see what her jewellery...
15/11/2023

Today Mary I had a personal chat with Antiques Roadshow's jewellery specialist, Geoffrey Munn, to see what her jewellery is worth! How much would you pay for one of her rings?

There is still time to book your tickets to discover the captivating journey of Colonel George Whitmore, as we delve int...
15/11/2023

There is still time to book your tickets to discover the captivating journey of Colonel George Whitmore, as we delve into his remarkable contributions to the architectural landscape of British Malta and the Ionian Islands tomorrow night https://bit.ly/3PhlGHE

Col.(later General Sir) George Whitmore's contribution with the Royal Engineers to the civil architecture of British Malta and the Ionian Islands in the early 19th. century

We’re taking part in Kids in Museums’ 2023 Museum Takeover Day! On Friday, 17 November, all our Open House Friday tours ...
15/11/2023

We’re taking part in Kids in Museums’ 2023 Museum Takeover Day! On Friday, 17 November, all our Open House Friday tours will be run by students from St. Augustine’s High School. Why not visit us on Friday to hear their insights into what makes the Society so unique?

Unveiling the past! Join us in York on 23 Nov with Adrian Green as we delve into the stories of Boynton Hall's history. ...
13/11/2023

Unveiling the past! Join us in York on 23 Nov with Adrian Green as we delve into the stories of Boynton Hall's history. Exploring its development from the sixteenth century through to the twentieth century.

Book your free place: https://bit.ly/3YZhYGc

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS EVENING LECTURE Out of London Meeting: York Boynton Hall Simply Told by Dr Adrian Green FSA Boynton Hall, near

Ready for a night of revelry and enlightenment with Ronald Hutton? 14 December- where Christmas history comes to life. O...
11/11/2023

Ready for a night of revelry and enlightenment with Ronald Hutton? 14 December- where Christmas history comes to life. Our soirée promises a magical blend of tradition and discovery. See you there: https://bit.ly/3toGuVj

Join us to celebrate the end of the year with our Annual Christmas Soirée and Mulled Wine Reception. The meeting will begin with Society business and will

Most early 19th century Ireland received news and entertainment by word of mouth, usually in song, from ballad singers o...
10/11/2023

Most early 19th century Ireland received news and entertainment by word of mouth, usually in song, from ballad singers or chapmen. 🎶 However, by the 1830s, there was a market for printed versions of these songs such as these.

Recently, one of our Library cataloguing volunteers, Jane, catalogued and wrote a piece for us on a collection of Cork ballads that were donated to the Society in 1869 by Richard Caulfield FSA who was the librarian of the Royal Cork Institution.

Read more about them on the Collection Highlights page of our website: https://www.sal.org.uk/collections/explore-our-collections/collections-highlights/cork-ballads-collection/

Ready for an afternoon of literary and historical intrigue? December 5 - where Dickensian charm meets the romantic appea...
09/11/2023

Ready for an afternoon of literary and historical intrigue? December 5 - where Dickensian charm meets the romantic appeal of antiquity.

Join us for this lunchtime lecture with Lee Jackson here: https://bit.ly/3rP2QyT

Tourism of ‘Dickens’s London’ flourished at the turn of the twentieth century, from tours and guidebooks, to magic lantern shows and merchandising. Dr Lee Jackson analyses the origins of this phenomenon, rooted in Dickens’s own imaginative antiquarianism – his love of ‘old buildings and ...

Join us on 29 November for our Collections and Research Day where you can explore the research potential of our archives...
08/11/2023

Join us on 29 November for our Collections and Research Day where you can explore the research potential of our archives, library and museum collections at Burlington House, and discover how digitisation and cataloguing is progressing, and how this is enhancing our research potential.

We have a fantastic set of speakers with us on the day to talk through how they’ve used our resources, such as our world-renowned Library, which contains over 130,000 books and manuscripts. Taking place both in person and online, we look forward to welcoming everyone.

We also have a special deal for this event for those who attend in person, which is 3 months free of our Affiliate membership with an in person booking! Affiliate membership provides access to our Library and the workspace, WiFi and you can borrow up to 4 books!

You can book your tickets on our website here: https://www.sal.org.uk/event/cr-2023/

Unveil the chapters of book history on 30 Nov! 📚 Richard Wendorf's upcoming lecture dissects the 18th-century changes th...
07/11/2023

Unveil the chapters of book history on 30 Nov! 📚 Richard Wendorf's upcoming lecture dissects the 18th-century changes that moulded our beloved books. From capitalisation tweaks to iconic title pages, explore the captivating evolution that revolutionised reading. Free booking here: https://bit.ly/3LkhMeP

Image courtesy of the speaker of ’Samuel Johnson,’ 1775, by Sir Joshua Reynolds from The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Frances and Loren Rothschild.

Henry VI was crowned King of England   in 1429.He was the successor of the English throne at the age of nine months old ...
06/11/2023

Henry VI was crowned King of England in 1429.

He was the successor of the English throne at the age of nine months old upon his father's death and shortly after he succeeded to the French throne after the death of his grandfather, Charles VI.

There is still time to book your tickets for tomorrow's Lunchtime lecture. Unravel the history of Louis XIV, the Sun Kin...
06/11/2023

There is still time to book your tickets for tomorrow's Lunchtime lecture. Unravel the history of Louis XIV, the Sun King, and his remarkable collection of medals. Prepare to be captivated by tales of artistry, politics and legacy.

Book your free place: https://bit.ly/3OUZCl2

Step back in time with us on Nov 16, as we explore how Colonel George Whitmore's collaboration with the Royal Engineers ...
05/11/2023

Step back in time with us on Nov 16, as we explore how Colonel George Whitmore's collaboration with the Royal Engineers left an indelible mark on the civil architecture of British Malta and the Ionian Islands. Book your free place here: https://bit.ly/3PhlGHE

Col.(later General Sir) George Whitmore's contribution with the Royal Engineers to the civil architecture of British Malta and the Ionian Islands in the early 19th. century

It's bonfire night!This unique broadside (1627) from our collection gives thanks for deliverance from the 'powder-treaso...
05/11/2023

It's bonfire night!

This unique broadside (1627) from our collection gives thanks for deliverance from the 'powder-treason of 1605'. At the top the gunpowder beneath Parliament is discovered, & underneath people praise God & feast, dance & play music around bonfires. 🔥

Curious minds, assemble! On 23 Nov, let's explore the enigmatic past of Boynton Hall. Uncover the layers of history thro...
04/11/2023

Curious minds, assemble! On 23 Nov, let's explore the enigmatic past of Boynton Hall. Uncover the layers of history through research into its social fabric and archaeology in York.

Book your free place here: https://bit.ly/3YZhYGc

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS EVENING LECTURE Out of London Meeting: York Boynton Hall Simply Told by Dr Adrian Green FSA Boynton Hall, near

On this month in 1751 King George II granted a Royal Charter to us, officially making our members “Fellows”.            ...
03/11/2023

On this month in 1751 King George II granted a Royal Charter to us, officially making our members “Fellows”.

Save the date for 7 December! Explore the Eastern Caelian's hidden treasures and uncover Rome's evolution from classical...
02/11/2023

Save the date for 7 December! Explore the Eastern Caelian's hidden treasures and uncover Rome's evolution from classical to late antiquity.

Book your tickets to see Ian Haynes here: https://bit.ly/46ni9Oj

Looking at the uniquely rich insight Eastern Caelian offers into the transformation of Rome from the Classical World to Late Antiquity.

There is still time to book your tickets to tomorrow evenings lecture with Elizabeth New & Philippa Hoskin on Medieval s...
01/11/2023

There is still time to book your tickets to tomorrow evenings lecture with Elizabeth New & Philippa Hoskin on Medieval seals, modern science: An overview of recent developments.

Book your free place here: https://bit.ly/3trOK6Q

This talk will highlight the ways in which cutting-edge scientific techniques can add to our understanding of the past – and how medievalists can on occasion make a contribution to scientific research.

Happy Halloween 👻  🎃Originally published in 1584, The Discoverie of Witchcraft was a largely sceptical treatise which re...
31/10/2023

Happy Halloween 👻 🎃

Originally published in 1584, The Discoverie of Witchcraft was a largely sceptical treatise which recorded & debunked popular and scholarly beliefs about witchcraft, magic & other superstitions. In the 16th & 17th century it was used as a central text in the debate around witchcraft, including one contester, King James VI, who was a firm believer in witchcraft.

Ours is a 3rd edition of the book (1665) which includes 9 new chapters, & a 2nd book to "The Discourse on Devils and Spirits"

Uncover Dicken’s fascination with old buildings, places and objects! December 5, don't miss this captivating lecture by ...
31/10/2023

Uncover Dicken’s fascination with old buildings, places and objects! December 5, don't miss this captivating lecture by Lee Jackson. Embark on a journey through time and literary exploration: https://bit.ly/3rP2QyT

Tourism of ‘Dickens’s London’ flourished at the turn of the twentieth century, from tours and guidebooks, to magic lantern shows and merchandising. Dr Lee Jackson analyses the origins of this phenomenon, rooted in Dickens’s own imaginative antiquarianism – his love of ‘old buildings and ...

Henry VII was crowned   1485. He was the first monarch of the Tudor dynasty with a claim to the throne through his mothe...
30/10/2023

Henry VII was crowned 1485. He was the first monarch of the Tudor dynasty with a claim to the throne through his mother.

Uncover the hidden history of the written word! Join us on 30 November as Richard Wendorf delves into the visual transfo...
30/10/2023

Uncover the hidden history of the written word! Join us on 30 November as Richard Wendorf delves into the visual transformation of books during the 18th century. From quotation marks to title-pages, explore the fascinating evolution that shaped our modern reading experience.

Book your free place here: https://bit.ly/3LkhMeP

The modern books that we hold in our hands today – and the visual texture of the pages within them – took their current form during the middle decades of the eighteenth century. In this illustrated lecture, Richard Wendorf examines the changes in capitalization, italicization, quotation marks, a...

  in 1618 Sir Walter Raleigh was executed after a second failed expedition searching for El Dorado. Some of his men had ...
29/10/2023

in 1618 Sir Walter Raleigh was executed after a second failed expedition searching for El Dorado. Some of his men had also attacked the Spanish, breaking the conditions of his pardon by James I.

This proclamation of June 1618 declares the King's displeasure.

Did you know? Louis XIV had a Small Academy that looked after the medals and the book that were considered as the summit...
28/10/2023

Did you know? Louis XIV had a Small Academy that looked after the medals and the book that were considered as the summit of his propaganda. Book your free place on the 7 November here: https://bit.ly/3OUZCl2

The Sun King and his councilors considered his medals as the summit of his propaganda. More than 300, mostly imitated from Roman Imperial coins, were coined to celebrate his reign (1638-1715) and a luxurious folio book was printed by the Royal Press. The so-called Small Academy looked after the vent...

Save the date for 14 December! Step back in time and explore the captivating origins of Christmas with Ronald Hutton. Ou...
27/10/2023

Save the date for 14 December! Step back in time and explore the captivating origins of Christmas with Ronald Hutton. Our soirée and mulled wine reception promises an evening filled with holiday magic and historical insights.

Booking is £10: https://bit.ly/3toGuVj

Join us to celebrate the end of the year with our Annual Christmas Soirée and Mulled Wine Reception. The meeting will begin with Society business and will

It's spooky for Art UK's   this week! 💀🎃👻🦇We have the coat of arms of Death. It can be found in our 16th-century German ...
26/10/2023

It's spooky for Art UK's this week! 💀🎃👻🦇

We have the coat of arms of Death. It can be found in our 16th-century German armorial manuscript. Its composition has much in common with a woodcut by Hans Holbein, printed in his great Dance of Death of 1538.

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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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