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.

Mission: 'The encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries’, The Society of Antiquaries of London, by Royal Charter, 1751.

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It's the (Hallows') eve of all things spooky and supernatural! Originally published in 1584, 'The Discoverie of Witchcra...
31/10/2020

It's the (Hallows') eve of all things spooky and supernatural! Originally published in 1584, 'The Discoverie of Witchcraft' was a largely skeptical treatise which recorded and debunked popular and scholarly beliefs about witchcraft, magic and other superstitions.

In the 16th and 17th centuries it was used as a central text in the debate around witchcraft. One such contester was King James VI and I, a firm believer in witchcraft.

Our copy is the 3rd edition of the book published in 1665. It includes 9 new chapters and a 2nd book added to 'The Discourse on Devils and Spirits'.

#Halloween 🎃

This creepy drawing, from an early-16th century German heraldry manuscript, imagines what Death's own coat of arms would...
31/10/2020

This creepy drawing, from an early-16th century German heraldry manuscript, imagines what Death's own coat of arms would look like! 💀 [MS 373] #Halloween

Congratulations to the 15 new Fellows who were elected at yesterday's ballot.Welcome to the Antiquaries 🎉👏
30/10/2020

Congratulations to the 15 new Fellows who were elected at yesterday's ballot.

Welcome to the Antiquaries 🎉👏

Alfred the Great, who ordered the making of the famous Alfred Jewel, died #OnThisDay in 899. The jewel is a masterpiece ...
26/10/2020

Alfred the Great, who ordered the making of the famous Alfred Jewel, died #OnThisDay in 899. The jewel is a masterpiece of Anglo-Saxon goldsmith work and was discovered in 1693 on the Somerset estate of Sir Thomas Wroth. Pictured is an engraving commissioned by Wroth from our prints and drawings collection. A letter discussing the jewel by the antiquary Samuel Pegge was read at the Society in 1765 and later published in volume 2 of Archaeologia, 1773.

Geoffrey Chaucer died #OnThisDay in 1400. Pictured from our collection is the stunning 1896 Kelmscott Press edition of T...
25/10/2020

Geoffrey Chaucer died #OnThisDay in 1400. Pictured from our collection is the stunning 1896 Kelmscott Press edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, the press' finest achievement, and the last great project of William Morris' life. The painter and life-long friend of Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, designed its 87 woodcut illustrations. The book is a culmination of Morris' great love for medieval literature, which deeply influenced his own style of art and his writings, and his appreciation of beauty.

A #ForeEdgeFriday (or technically tail-edge!) of a large and magnificent 1473 edition of 'Speculum Historiale', a histor...
23/10/2020

A #ForeEdgeFriday (or technically tail-edge!) of a large and magnificent 1473 edition of 'Speculum Historiale', a history of the world down to the time of its writer, Dominican friar Vincent of Beauvais (d.1264). The incunable includes hand-drawn initials and decoration in coloured inks.

Join us on Thurs at 5pm to hear a lecture on 'The Impact of Industrialisation on London Health' by Jelena Bekvalac FSA, ...
20/10/2020
Manufactured Bodies: The Impact of Industrialisation on London Health - Society of Antiquaries of London

Join us on Thurs at 5pm to hear a lecture on 'The Impact of Industrialisation on London Health' by Jelena Bekvalac FSA, Curator of Human Osteology @MuseumofLondon @MOLArchaeology

https://www.sal.org.uk/event/manufactured-bodies-the-impact-of-industrialisation-on-london-health/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS LECTURE Manufactured Bodies: The Impact of Industrialisation on London Health Lecture by Jelena Bekvalac FSA Industrialisation

The great polymath Sir Thomas Browne was born #OnThisDay in 1605 and died #OnThisDay in 1682. Among his many and varied ...
19/10/2020

The great polymath Sir Thomas Browne was born #OnThisDay in 1605 and died #OnThisDay in 1682. Among his many and varied works is Urn-Burial, inspired by finds of antiquities in Norfolk. It is not only an antiquarian inquiry, but a profound meditation on the burial rites of the past, transience, and death.

Pictured is the title page of first edition (1658) from our Library.

In 1816, draughtsman Charles Stothard was commissioned to visit Bayeux to make an accurate copy the Bayeux Tapestry. His...
14/10/2020

In 1816, draughtsman Charles Stothard was commissioned to visit Bayeux to make an accurate copy the Bayeux Tapestry. His panel of the iconic scene of Harold's death at the Battle of Hastings - #OnThisDay in 1066 - is shown here.
The drawings were engraved by James Basire and published in our 'Vetusta Monumenta', 1819–23, the first complete colour reproduction.
Stothard's drawings remain a valuable record of the Bayeux Tapestry before it underwent restoration later in the 19th century.

Edward VI was born #OnThisDay in 1537. In this Jacobean woodcut he stands alongside his father, Henry VIII, and grandfat...
12/10/2020

Edward VI was born #OnThisDay in 1537. In this Jacobean woodcut he stands alongside his father, Henry VIII, and grandfather, Henry VII. A poem underneath reads: "The third, young Edward, of that name the sixt, Where pious thoughts and Royall bloud were mixt." This broadside appears to be unique to our Library.

Huge thanks to Prof Michael Wood FSA for a fascinating lecture today. Delighted to be able to welcome people back to Bur...
06/10/2020

Huge thanks to Prof Michael Wood FSA for a fascinating lecture today. Delighted to be able to welcome people back to Burlington House for our lecture series.

An edited version of the lecture 'The Battle of Brunanburh' will be available on YouTube later this week.

We are now seeking an experienced Editor to produce our fortnightly e-newsletter SALON. This role would suit an independ...
03/10/2020
Vacancies - Society of Antiquaries of London

We are now seeking an experienced Editor to produce our fortnightly e-newsletter SALON. This role would suit an independent contractor with an interest in heritage journalism. We encourage applications from journalists, writers and editors, particularly those working within the heritage sector. In the past SALON Editors have also been Fellows of the Society but this is not a prerequisite. This is a part time role.

For more information and to apply please visit our website

Closing date Wednesday October 21st

https://www.sal.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are/vacancies/

See any vacancies with us

Want to know more about the value of archaeology? Join us on Oct 15 5pm to hear a paper by @DrSadieWatson Dr Watson will...
02/10/2020
The Value of Archaeology: Challenges and Opportunities - Society of Antiquaries of London

Want to know more about the value of archaeology? Join us on Oct 15 5pm to hear a paper by @DrSadieWatson

Dr Watson will talk about her research in #archaeology #engagement & public benefit through her @UKRI_News Future Leader Fellowship

Bookings 👉https://www.sal.org.uk/event/the-value-of-archaeology/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS LECTURE The Value of Archaeology: Challenges and Opportunities by Dr Sadie Watson FSA This lecture is ONLINE only. In

Book to join us online on Thurs 8 Oct at 5pm to hear 'From Shibayama to #Stonehenge: William Gowland – pioneer of archae...
02/10/2020
From Shibayama to Stonehenge - Society of Antiquaries of London

Book to join us online on Thurs 8 Oct at 5pm to hear 'From Shibayama to #Stonehenge: William Gowland – pioneer of archaeology in #Japan and England' by Dr Simon Kaner FSA

Booking through our website https://www.sal.org.uk/event/from-shibayama-to-stonehenge-william-gowland-pioneer-of-archaeology-in-japan-and-england/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS LECTURE From Shibayama to Stonehenge: William Gowland – pioneer of archaeology in Japan and England Lecture by Dr Simon Kaner

Today is #NationalPoetryDay! We love that our illuminated medieval manuscript of Middle-English poems, MS 134, includes ...
01/10/2020

Today is #NationalPoetryDay! We love that our illuminated medieval manuscript of Middle-English poems, MS 134, includes signatures & annotations by 16th & 17thC women readers. "My harte doth holde my hand to heare her weepe" wrote Bridget Lyttelton in the margins of Gower.

We have just launched a new #grant scheme within our Janet Arnold Awards. The Society is offering up to 3 Major Awards o...
01/10/2020

We have just launched a new #grant scheme within our Janet Arnold Awards. The Society is offering up to 3 Major Awards of up to £10,000 pa for 2 to 3 years. Applications in areas of dress, costume history & studies & redress.

More info & how to apply 👇 https://www.sal.org.uk/grant/janet-arnold-awards/

One thing we didn't expect to find earlier whilst looking in 'Monuments & English Antiquities', a huge volume of archaeo...
29/09/2020

One thing we didn't expect to find earlier whilst looking in 'Monuments & English Antiquities', a huge volume of archaeological prints & drawings compiled in the early-1700s, was a... pineapple?!

"This Fine Pine Apple was raised in the Duke of Portland's garden at Bullstrode. It was cut Sept. 27, 1736 and by the Duke sent to Dover Street. It is fourteen inches round at the Bottom and five Inches & a half high exclusive of the Crown, the weight two Pounds and one Ounce with the crown".

Drawn by George Vertue FSA, official engraver to the Society, on 29th September 1736 (#OnThisDay - what a happy coincidence!)

Controversy around the term 'Anglo-Saxon' during the past year has resulted in much practical uncertainty.  We are delig...
29/09/2020
The Anglo-Saxon Period: Histories and Metahistory - Society of Antiquaries of London

Controversy around the term 'Anglo-Saxon' during the past year has resulted in much practical uncertainty. We are delighted that Prof John Hines FSA has accepted our invitation to speak on this topic.

This talk will identify & explain central aspects of the perception & presentation of identity in England within the period, including the development & adoption of an explicit notion of the 'Anglo-Saxon'.

Join us on Nov 19 at 5pm https://www.sal.org.uk/event/the-angla-saxon-period-histories-and-metahistory/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS LECTURE The Anglo-Saxon Period: Histories and Metahistory Lecture by Professor John Hines FSA *Professor Hines was invited by

Join us Oct 22 to hear about 'The Impact of Industrialisation on London Health'  by Jelena Bekvalac FSA. Lecture will lo...
28/09/2020
Manufactured Bodies: The Impact of Industrialisation on London Health - Society of Antiquaries of London

Join us Oct 22 to hear about 'The Impact of Industrialisation on London Health' by Jelena Bekvalac FSA. Lecture will look at the results from a 3 year study that examined the skeletal remains of over 2,000 adult males & females
@MOLArchaeology

https://www.sal.org.uk/event/manufactured-bodies-the-impact-of-industrialisation-on-london-health/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS LECTURE Manufactured Bodies: The Impact of Industrialisation on London Health Lecture by Jelena Bekvalac FSA Industrialisation

We love a good original binding! Here's a 15th-century one from our manuscripts collection, enclosing a collection of ch...
22/09/2020

We love a good original binding! Here's a 15th-century one from our manuscripts collection, enclosing a collection of chants for the Greek Orthodox office & mass (or as its old label says: 'An antient Greek Singing Service'!) It belonged to the antiquary Humfrey Wanley. [MS 48]

What is this fantastic web-footed, winged beast that lurks in the borders of one of our manuscripts? Could it be a... dr...
21/09/2020

What is this fantastic web-footed, winged beast that lurks in the borders of one of our manuscripts? Could it be a... drake? #ManuscriptMonday #MonsterMonday [MS 15]

One of our librarians was recently checking the Society's Minute Books for a research enquiry about the 1742 discovery o...
17/09/2020

One of our librarians was recently checking the Society's Minute Books for a research enquiry about the 1742 discovery of Royston Cave. The man-made cave was accidentally broken into by workmen digging foundations in the butter market above.
Accompanying an account of the mysterious cave by Rev G. North, read out at the Society meeting of 21st Oct. 1742, is this charming ink drawing.
The cave, covered in carvings, remains enigmatic to this day and various popular theories have connected it to Anglo-Saxon monks, the Knights Templar and the Freemasons.

Just over a week until our AGM featuring the President's Address. Join us to hear about the past year at the Society & w...
17/09/2020
Annual General Meeting - Society of Antiquaries of London

Just over a week until our AGM featuring the President's Address.

Join us to hear about the past year at the Society & what is in store for the year to come.

Limited places left to join us in person but you can join us via live stream. Book online

https://www.sal.org.uk/event/annual-general-meeting/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS President's Annual Address Our Annual General Meeting will take place at 2pm on Saturday 26 September. The programme for our

Thursday Oct 8  join us for a lecture by Dr Simon Kaner FSA &  Dr Luke Edgington-Brown on 'William Gowland – pioneer of ...
16/09/2020
From Shibayama to Stonehenge - Society of Antiquaries of London

Thursday Oct 8 join us for a lecture by Dr Simon Kaner FSA & Dr Luke Edgington-Brown on 'William Gowland – pioneer of archaeology in Japan and England'

Booking required. Limited places left to join us at Burlington House @NorwichDogu

https://www.sal.org.uk/event/from-shibayama-to-stonehenge-william-gowland-pioneer-of-archaeology-in-japan-and-england/

ORDINARY MEETING OF FELLOWS LECTURE From Shibayama to Stonehenge: William Gowland – pioneer of archaeology in Japan and England Lecture by Dr Simon Kaner

Who wants to know more about the mystery surrounding The Battle of Brunanburh? Prof Michael Wood FSA will be shedding so...
16/09/2020
The Battle of Brunanburh: new light on the ‘Great War’ of the Tenth Century. - Society of Antiquaries of London

Who wants to know more about the mystery surrounding The Battle of Brunanburh? Prof Michael Wood FSA will be shedding some light on the controversy around this battle & offering new insight in his lecture on Tues 6 Sept.

Book now through our website https://www.sal.org.uk/event/the-battle-of-brunanburh-new-light-on-the-great-war-of-the-tenth-century/

PUBLIC LECTURE The Battle of Brunanburh: new light on the ‘Great War’ of the Tenth Century by Professor Michael Wood FSA This lecture will be live

A #MusicalMonday to start off the week! 🎼 This glimmering initial comes from our magnificent 15th-century Italian choirb...
14/09/2020

A #MusicalMonday to start off the week! 🎼 This glimmering initial comes from our magnificent 15th-century Italian choirbook, the Brooke Antiphonal. The large, lavishly-illuminated music manuscript is dedicated to Saints Cosmas and Damian. It was bequeathed to us in 1908. [MS 450]

Our evening lecture season starts on October 8th. Join us online to hear lectures on #EasterIsland #Stonehenge & William...
11/09/2020

Our evening lecture season starts on October 8th. Join us online to hear lectures on #EasterIsland #Stonehenge & William Gowland #RomanAldborough & the impact of Industrialism on London Health.

Programme is open for bookings 😀

https://www.sal.org.uk/events/month/2020-10/

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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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