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Salon: Issue 434
17 September 2019

Next issue: 1 October

The Society of Antiquaries of London Online Newsletter (Salon) is a fortnightly digest of heritage news. It focuses on the activities of the Society and the contributions that the Society's Fellows make to public life. A copy of Salon’s editorial policy can be found on the Society’s website.

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Inside this issue

From the Desk of the General Secretary

Open House London

The Society is taking part in Open House London again this year. We will have free tours throughout Saturday 21st September led by staff & Fellows. Open House is a great way for us to welcome visitors inside our apartments to learn more about our history and collections. This year's tours are already fully booked so we are expecting a full house.

A new addition to our programme this year is a audio described tour with VocalEyes for visitors who are visually impaired or blind. The tour will be co-led by VocalEyes describer Jane Brambley and Kate Bagnall, Museum Collections Manager at the Society. We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the four venues that will be working with VocalEyes to deliver these unique tours. This is a great opportunity for us to share the Society with a new audience. You can find out more about VocalEyes's work through their website.

Following on from this the Society hopes to hold more audio described tours for visitors and Kate Bagnall and Anthony Davis FSA are developing a tour for our Winter programme. 

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Wax Portraits 

Following the appeal in the July Fellowship News for donations to conserve 8 of the Society’s wax portraits, one of the dining clubs, the Essay Club, has raised £800 to treat two of the portraits. Both subjects have associations with the club. That of Sir John Evans Hon VPSA belonged to his daughter, Joan Evans Hon VPSA, the former President and member, and was donated to the Society by the widow of another member, former Librarian, John Hopkins FSA. The other is of Norfolk antiquary and former Vice-President, J P Boileau FSA.  It was seen by a member at the Olympia Arts Fair in 2004, purchased by the club and then donated to the Society.

We now require £2,200 to carry out conservation work on the rest of the portraits. They will be displayed in the Entrance Hall as a temporary exhibition exploring the interesting lives and careers of those depicted.  After this the portraits will be permanently displayed on the landing by the library for all to view, alongside the portraits of our past presidents.

If you would like to help please send a cheque made payable to The Society of Antiquaries or contact Dominic Wallis, Head of Development on 0207 479 7092 or

For more information visit our website

*Images of Sir John Evans Hon VPSA & J P Boileau FSA

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Antiquaries Journal Volume 99

The forthcoming volume (99) of the Antiquaries Journal has the following six papers already published online, with more to be uploaded very shortly. Fellows may access the papers now in FirstView via the Fellows’ Area of the Society’s website.
‘Survey and Sampling at the Castle Dykes Iron Age “Henge”, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire’ by Alex Gibson FSA (with contributions from Wolfgang Neubauer, Sebastian Flöry, Petra Schneidhofer, Mike Allen, Enid Allison, Wendy Carruthers, Dana Challinor, Charles French, Garry Rushworth, and Alison Sheridan FSA) examines a classic single-entranced henge monument in Northern England and discusses the data arising from the analysis of insect, pollen and charcoal remains found there. Radiocarbon dates from short-lived materials on the site unexpectedly indicate that the monument was constructed in the Iron Age, prompting a review of other potentially Iron Age ‘henges’ further afield.
‘Reconstructing the Romanesque Cloister of Norwich Cathedral’ by Roland Harris FSA focuses on the recently discovered sculpted stones found within the cathedral and reveals what these can tell us about the architecture of the cathedral’s former Romanesque cloister.
‘An Englishwoman in the Alentejo: Edith Guest and the Study of Megalithism in Portugal in the 1930s’, by Ana Ávila de Melo and João Luis Cardoso, solves an 85-year-old mystery as to the identity of a visiting archaeologist to Megaliths in Portugal, and describes how the visit took place and its impact on the study of these important archaeological features.
In ‘Situation Vacant: Potter Required in the Newly Founded Late Saxon burh of Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire’, Gareth Perry presents the results of multidisciplinary research into the spread of the potter’s wheel throughout eastern England in the early Middle Ages. Perry demonstrates that the supply of pottery to Newark from regional production centres was restricted, creating a gap in the market and providing an incentive for a potter to relocate, encouraging the spread of the potter’s wheel throughout the region.
‘Bishop Tunstall’s Alterations to Durham Castle, 1536-48’, by Richard Pears FSA, examines the major alterations made to Durham Castle by Cuthbert Tunstall (Bishop of Durham from 1530–59). These included a new first-floor gallery, stair turret and chapel. A hitherto unnoted gunloop in the stair tower suggests that the turbulent political and religious events of Tunstall’s bishopric prompted him to provide some defensive capability within what has previously been considered a purely domestic building programme.
‘A Medieval Enamel Belt or Strap Fitting and its Possible Connection with the Arms of King Henry II’ by Paul Fox FSA describes an intriguing metal object with heraldic features that date stylistically to the twelfth century. The author argues that the piece links to the court of Henry II of England (r. 1154–89) and might preserve the lost arms of that monarch.
To read these and forthcoming papers, visit the 'Library Resources' page in the Fellows' Area of our website and follow the link for the Antiquaries Journal to access FirstView articles.

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New Researchers Weekend 

Friday 25 October & Saturday 26 October

Join us for two events at the Society aimed at early-career researchers and students currently undertaking or about to begin postgraduate studies. On Friday 25 spend the day learning about our collections and resources that can help you with your research at our Postgraduate Open Day. Hear from Fellows of the Society who are experts in their fields. Network with other postgraduate students and early-career researchers and spend time in the Library, exploring our collections. Some highlights from our collection will be on display in the sessions including the Winton Domesday, Magna Carta, our collection of Seals and our Bronze Age sword. 

On Saturday 26 we are holding our inaugural New Researchers ConferenceRecovered from the Shipwreck of Time. This conference is on the history of collecting and the role of the antiquary. The conference is part of our public outreach programme with a specific focus on engaging with ‘new’ researchers, postgraduate and early career academics. Dr Arthur MacGregor FSA will deliver the keynote paper. List of speakers and papers below.  

  • Angela Websdale Replication and Reproduction: The Westminster Cult of Saint Edward the Confessor at Saint Mary's Church, Faversham, Kent.
  • Elizabeth Chant Corsairs, Conflicts, and Coastlines: The Derrotero General del Mar del Sur (Panama, 1669)
  • Katy Whitaker FSA 'Shipwrecked mariners on some foreign shore': recovering sarsen stones from the Society’s Sarsen Stones in Wessex project archive MS953.
  • Gavin Francis Stoneystreet Kelmscott Manor: The legacy of a Plantsman’s garden.  
  • Sam Bromage Past Perspectives: Preserved cartographic and illustrative depictions of urban space in the collections of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
  • Dr Madeleine Pelling Negotiating the Portland Vase: Mary Hamilton, Sir William Hamilton and the Duchess of Portland
  • Kayleigh Betterton A Duty to Encourage, a Duty to Advance: Institutional Collections and the Society of Antiquaries in the Nineteenth Century
  • Liam Sims FSA 'For the encouragement of learning’: collaborative antiquarianism & the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society
  • Eloise Donnelly The Society of Antiquaries, the British Museum and collecting networks 1850-1913

For more information or to book visit our website

*Image Magna Carta [MSS544]

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The Archaeology of Rewley House

Toby Martin writes to say that they are celebrating 50 years of archaeology at Rewley House, Oxford. The then Delegacy for Extra Mural Studies appointed its first Director of Archaeology (then Staff Tutor in Archaeology and Local Studies) in October 1969: he was Trevor Rowley FSA, who retired in 2000 but only recently gave a lecture series which he described as ‘the finishing touch to my career, although hopefully not the actual end’ (his subjects were ‘the two great loves of my academic life – landscape history and the Normans’).
There is indeed, as Martin writes, a ‘close connection between Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education and many members of the Society of Antiquaries.’ In the early years Rewley House was much involved in the development of the rescue archaeology movement, and continued to play an important role in archaeological training and research (I remember it first as a place where you could go, as a student, to meet select groups of prominent archaeologists gathered from around the country), while extending its wider adult student base. ‘In the 21st century,’ says Martin, ‘most university extra-mural departments have sadly diminished, but Oxford’s has continued to thrive.’
The Department is holding a commemorative day conference on 18 January 2020, with talks from some of those who have been closely involved over the last five decades (see the events listing at the end). The speakers include Malcolm Airs FSA, Anne Dodd FSA, David Griffiths FSA, Tom Hassall FSA, Gill Hey FSA, Gary Lock FSA and Trevor Rowley FSA, as well as Alison MacDonald and Jane Harrison. The day concludes with a celebratory dinner (‘optional’).

Top photo from the Best Hotels website.

Treason and a Talent for Charm and Inconsistency

Time to catch up with politics after my earlier explanation of how Salon reports but does not judge.
Tim Loughton MP FSA was one of three MPs to write in The House Magazine (2 September) about protecting the rights of looked-after children after Brexit. ‘We know that leaving the EU,’ they say, ‘with or without a deal, will mean registration requirements for EU citizens living here and that vulnerable people are most at risk of falling foul of the system. Children and young people in care are one of the most vulnerable groups.’ As well as chairing the All-Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group, Loughton is Vice Chair of the APPG for Looked After Children and Care Leavers. To stand against him in his Sussex constituency at the next General Election, expected soon, the Brexit Party has chosen Richard Milton, author of The Facts of Life: Shattering the Myths of Darwinism.
Loughton was also among ‘senior Tories’, reported the Guardian (4 September) who ‘expressed deep concern … [at] a crowded evening meeting of the 1922 Committee less than 24 hours after the defenestration of … 21 rebels’. The latter were experienced MPs expelled from the Conservative Party by Boris Johnson after they supported an attempt to block the Prime Minister’s threat to lead the UK out of the EU without a deal. A few days later BBC News, covering the Speaker’s announcement of his impending retirement, recalled that Loughton had been the target of one of John Bercow’s notorious put-downs, telling him ‘The children's minister should not be acting like a child.’

Bercow claimed to be playing the historical role of standing up for democracy. David Starkey FSA feels otherwise, and said so on the Today programme (10 September). The problem, he told Nick Robinson, is that ‘the relationship between Parliament as the legal sovereign, and the nation and the electorate as the actual political sovereign, has never been worked out’. Conventions established in the 1880s bound MPs to their constituents’ decisions, but the speaker ‘tore these up’. Baroness Kennedy countered that society is changing. ‘A referendum in this country has always been advisory … those that represent us actually gather together the knowledge that is often not at the disposal of …’ she seemed to be about to say ‘the electorate’, but Starkey interrupted, to say ‘This is rubbish’, adding, ‘Parliament is not a sovereign by itself.’
‘A large part of the British political elite’, Starkey tells Brendan O’Neill on a Spiked podcast (15 September), ‘have deliberately gone and negotiated with [a strong and united and determined opponent] against their own country … Most of [the elite] hate their own country, they regard the people with absolute contempt … The old word is treason.’
Johnson’s next controversial move, having been defied by 21 of his MPs, was to suspend Parliament. Lord Cormack FSA was among 12 members of the House of Lords, and of the Conservative Group for Europe, who wrote to the Times to protest (5 September). ‘Finding a solution to the Brexit impasse is the most historic challenge the UK has faced in recent times’, they said. ‘Parliament is an essential part of our constitutional democracy and must not be sidelined to force through a no-deal departure for which there is no mandate.’ On 11 September three judges at the Scottish Court of Session found the suspension unlawful, after the High Court in London said the matter was political and thus outside its remit. The Supreme Court is due to express its view on 17 September.
Simon Jenkins FSA had already decided that Johnson should recall Parliament, in a Guardian column headed ‘The Brexit crisis is political. Its resolution must be political too’ (12 September). Johnson ‘will need to deploy his talent for charm and inconsistency to the full,’ he writes. ‘But finding some way of refashioning the only deal in town, May’s deal, is not some desperate climbdown. It is brute necessity. The issue is not Johnson versus the EU but Johnson versus reality.’

The Government insists that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October come what may, and has issued guidance on the occasion that might occur without a deal. ‘What you need to know and do to export or import objects of cultural interest’ can be found here.
The Government was pleased to announce on 11 September a ‘new immigration route’ which ‘will mean international graduates in any subject, including STEM, will be able to stay in the UK for two years to find work’, issuing a statement with comments from the Prime Minister and four Departmental Secretaries, as well from Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, and other high level figures concerned with research. This was widely reported in the press as a ‘visa climbdown’, with no numbers cap, as it removed a restriction introduced by the previous Prime Minister which gave graduates only four months to seek work. It would ‘put us back where we belong as a first-choice study destination,’ said Jarvis. Since 2012 overseas students have grown by 34% in the US and 56% in Australia, but only 7% in the UK.
On 10 September Chris Skidmore FSA returned as Minister of State jointly at the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, having been away at the Department of Health and Social Care since 25 July – just in time to keep an appointment made during his earlier tenure to speak at the Universities UK Annual Conference on 12 September. He said he was keen to promote and assist research. ‘We want to get a deal with the EU which will protect our continuation in Horizon 2020, and will continue our participation in Erasmus+ … whilst also developing potential alternatives which are ambitious and truly global.’
Helen Whately MP now has responsibility within government for arts, museums, cultural property, heritage and ‘cultural diplomacy’. On 11 September she tweeted (@Helen_Whately), ‘Delighted to join @DCMS as Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism. Already lost count of the number of people who’ve told me I have the best job in Government.’ Perhaps they were people who had recently enjoyed being Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism.

Reimagining Sutton Hoo

Janina Ramirez (left, with a Sutton Hoo manuscript) is presenting three new films on BBC Four about exceptional artefacts discovered around the time of the outbreak of the Second World War. In the fourth series of Raiders of the Lost Past, Ramirez tells the stories of the Sutton Hoo treasure, the 40,000-year-old mammoth-ivory Lion Man from the Hohlenstein-Stadel cave, and Olmec stone heads in Mexico. The programmes make good use of archive film and photography, and Ramirez visits the sites and talks to archaeologists. Jill Cook FSA tells her that the people who made the Lion Man were few compared to the masses of animals on which they depended and by which they felt threatened: they ‘began to imagine things that don’t physically exist in nature’. The juxtaposition of Nazi sponsorship of ideologically motivated heritage research and Stuart Piggott FSA smiling to himself in a Suffolk pub with a piece of Anglo-Saxon gold hidden in his jacket pocket, makes a striking and informative contrast. The third film will be broadcast on 18 September.
At Sutton Hoo Raiders of the Lost Past tells the story of landowner Edith Pretty and Basil Brown, the farmer’s son and self-taught archaeologist she hired to dig up a great mound on her estate; we learn from Sue Brunning FSA, Martin Carver FSA and Helena Hamerow FSA. This was a story that was fictionalised by John Preston in his novel, The Dig (2007), inspired by his discovery that Margaret Guido FSA was a lost aunt (married to ‘a limp-wristed archaeologist called Stuart’). Now it is being made into a movie with the same title with screenplay by Moira Buffini. Carey Mulligan is playing Mrs Pretty (not, as been rumoured earlier, Nicole Kidman), Ralph Fiennes Basil Brown (the photo on the right shows the man to which Fiennes aspires), and, apparently, Arsher Ali W F (Peter) Grimes FSA. Filming is underway in Suffolk and it is expected to be released in 2020.
Meanwhile at the real Sutton Hoo the National Trust has launched £4 million-worth of new ‘displays, exhibitions and immersive experiences’ to tell the whole archaeological saga. A 27-metre long sculpture representing the burial ship greets visitors (above left), and the Exhibition Hall and Tranmer House, the Prettys’ home (below), ‘have both been completely transformed. Along with a new route through the landscape, these will reconnect the stories and people associated with the ship and its discovery with the Royal Burial Ground itself.’ The enlarged Exhibition Hall presents replicas of the original finds now in the British Museum, and original pieces (bottom) from the more recent excavations in the project initiated by the Society of Antiquaries and the British Museum and directed by Martin Carver. A 17-metre high observation tower – whose construction was preceded by more excavation last year – will open in the autumn to offer views across the burial ground to the wider landscape (above right).


Fellows (and Friends)

Antti Matikkala FSA, historian of heraldry and honours, died in January. An appreciation appears in Fellows Remembered below.
The section also contains further notices on the late Cathy Oakes FSA and the late Kerry Downes FSA.

The Heritage Alliance publishes a new report on 17 September. Inspiring Creativity, Heritage & The Creative Industries, written by Hannah Shimko, focuses on the importance of heritage organisations, buildings and places in underpinning the creative industries. The report showcases collaborations, demonstrating the significance of heritage and creativity ‘to cultural identity and place-shaping in the UK, particularly in the face of Brexit uncertainty.’ Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Heritage Alliance, said in a statement, ‘Historic places or objects are not just a decorative incidental backdrop to contemporary creative work, in each case they are integral to the whole enterprise.’ ‘There is no Downton without Highclere and no Poldark without the Mines,’ said Lizzie Glithero-West FSA, the Alliance’s Chief Executive. ‘Heritage is our great national asset and an integral part of “Brand Britain” … the bedrock – the muse, the backdrop and the arenas of such activity.’ The photo shows a Poldark set at the Elizabethan Chavenage House in Tetbury, Wiltshire, used in the BBC drama as Trenwith, the Poldark family home in Cornwall.
Neil MacGregor FSA has presented a second series of As Others See Us on BBC Radio 4, broadcast between 5 and 9 September, in which he talks ‘to opinion formers from five countries with strong historic links to Britain’ – in this case, Singapore, the USA, Spain, Australia and Poland. His first series troubled Clive Davis in the Times (4 January), who wished MacGregor had found someone to talk to who wasn’t ‘overwhelmingly baffled and dismayed’ by Brexit, though conceding that ‘the opening programme on Germany was MacGregor at his best. The discussion was nuanced and multifaceted.’ It’s unlikely Davis would have been any more satisfied with the second series.
MacGregor himself was writing in the Times on 14 September, continuing his radio theme that ‘Other nations are perplexed by our mythologised history but embrace all things British from James Bond to Harry Potter.’ Again and again,’ he says, reflecting on the experience of ‘speaking to opinion formers … to try to find out how Britain, as it prepares to leave the European Union and go it alone, is now seen around the world,’ ‘the highly selective story that we tell ourselves of the Second World War came up as a central issue – above all the idea that Britain on its own had not just survived in 1940 but prevailed. And even the friendliest commentators felt that this misreading of history makes it hard for us to grasp the limits of what we can achieve on our own in the world today.’ The day before, the Times reported how MacGregor had spoken at the Financial Times Weekend festival at Kenwood House on the issue of restitution claims. The construction of national identities, he said, had now embraced ‘objects that were taken away … I don’t quite understand it but it lies at the bottom of the restitution debate.’ Museums were becoming ‘theatres of atonement for past wrongs’. Or, in the words of a Times headline writer, ‘Beware colonial guilt’, a view endorsed in a leader.

The Fellowship Program at the
W F Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem describes itself as one of the best opportunities for students and scholars of the ancient Near East, from prehistory to the Islamic period. The Albright annually provides up to $200,000 in Fellowships and awards to about 25 recipients. In addition, 50 Associate Fellows receive funding from other sources. The current deadline for applications for Fellowships of one to six months, with a stipend and room/board at the Albright, is 15 October 15 2019. More information online. • The Palestine Exploration Fund/Albright Institute has announced a new Fellowship of £3,000 to support research that requires access to the PEF archives and collection, and time spent in residence at the Albright. The Fellowship requires at least 10 working days at the PEF in Greenwich, London, and one month in Jerusalem, and is open to all doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who are UK citizens or hold the right to remain in the UK for its duration. This Fellowship would be taken between 1 September 2020 and 31 May 2021. PEF queries should be sent to, and AIAR to
Joel T Rosenthal and Caroline M Barron FSA have edited Thomas Frederick Tout (1855–1929): Refashioning History for the Twentieth Century, ‘the first full assessment of Tout’s life and work’. Tout, says the blurb, was ‘arguably the most prolific English medieval historian of the early 20th century. The son of an unsuccessful publican, he was described at his Oxford scholarship exam as “uncouth and untidy”; however he went on to publish hundreds of books throughout his distinguished career with a legacy that extended well beyond the academy, [pioneering] the use of archival research [and welcoming] women into academia’. There are chapters by, among others, Dorothy J Clayton FSA, William Gibson FSA, Seymour Phillips FSA and Henry Summerson FSA.
Thames Mudlarking featured in the last two Salons, and now Channel 4 has explored the concept on a wider canvas in a third series of Britain at Low Tide. In three films presenter Tori Herridge (on right in photo) visits archaeologists working on coastal intertidal sites, highlighting the work of CITiZAN (of which Gustav Milne FSA is Project Leader, left in photo), the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network, and other professional and community-led groups including SCHARP (Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project) led by Tom Dawson. Among archaeologists appearing in the first film in Kent are Andrew Richardson FSA at a First World War depot at Port Richborough, and Mark Harrison FSA talking about a long shingle bar at Whitstable known as the Street. The second programme visits the River Forth (21 September) and the third the Solway Firth on both English and Scottish coasts (28 September).

Roger Bowdler FSA has written what he calls ‘a couple of v small books: the one on war memorials is imminent, the one on churchyards with the designer’. ‘War memorials were erected in their thousands after 1918,’ says the blurb on the first: ‘bronze Tommies and stone wayside crosses became commonplace, and can attain high levels of artistic refinement. Britain’s great cities raised magnificent monuments, as did regiments, railway companies, schools and private families. Among them are truly outstanding works of monumental art. Their range and variety are huge, and their number is uncountable: no agreed tally exists.’ Churchyards is due in November. They ‘are everywhere,’ says the blurb, ‘numbered in their thousands. This sheer ubiquity might explain why they have received so little attention. Compared with Scotland and the United States, where exhaustive research has taken place, England’s graveyards are largely overlooked. There is so much awaiting discovery … beneath the grass lie untold generations of past parishioners, lying in the shadow of the church until the Day of Judgment.’

‘I have been privileged to have been part of the tremendous changes in the field of Maya studies,’ writes Jeremy Sabloff FSA in the Annual Review of Anthropology 48 (2019), in ‘an autobiographical perspective’ on Maya archaeology. ‘Moreover, I am delighted to have contributed to the replacement of the traditional model with a model that is sensitive to the entire range of ancient Maya society and to have seen scholars’ work exceeding and carrying forward my own research. I feel confident that Gordon Willey would be … optimistic, as I am, that the field continues to rapidly progress and will build newer and stronger understandings of pre-Columbian Maya peoples.’ Bob Holmes at Knowable Magazine interviewed Sabloff on the subject in July, where he talks about ‘the 50-plus years of his career’ studying ‘the common folk of the Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America, mapping and excavating entire cities to study who lived where, and how.’

On 10 September the BBC launched a new archive website. It currently hosts some 1,700 newly published videos, which is part of what is described as ‘more than 10 million hours of content that currently sit in the BBC’s archive’. Importantly, it has good search facilities. Programmes, for example, can be searched by word or by looking at listings from individual editions of Radio Times back to 1923 (the Genome Project). You can learn about the BBC Written Archives Centre in Caversham, Reading: it has 250,000 correspondence files, 21,000 reels of microfilm, BBC publications, plans, posters and other records, and seven reading seats. There’s a British Library link which describes its collection of 200,000 hours of radio recordings (‘assembled by selective off-air recording since 1963, … augmented by acquisitions from radio stations, producers, performers, musicians, researchers, radio enthusiasts and collectors’). The British Film Institute has a TV archive. And so on. All of it invaluable to anyone researching broadcasting and what it created.

The Government has pledged £95 million towards restoring and re-using historic buildings on English high streets – ‘the biggest ever single investment by Government in the UK’s built heritage'. The funding will be used for repair works, to stimulate commercial investment, to develop education projects and events, and to help address a skills shortage of heritage professionals in fields like stonemasonry and conservation. Duncan Wilson FSA, Chief Executive of Historic England, said in a statement that high streets, ‘the beating hearts of our communities [with] roots that go back hundreds of years, … face an uncertain future … It is a challenge, but with our experience and track record, as well as the knowledge and passion of local councils, businesses and community groups our historic high streets can be thriving social hubs once more.’ The money will be managed through HE’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones launched in May.

Bruno Werz FSA draws our attention to his project to find the wreck of the Dutch East India Company ship, (Nieuw) Haarlem, which sank in Table Bay, South Africa in 1647. In August the African Institute for Marine & Underwater Research, Exploration & Education, of which Werz is CEO, announced that it had succeeded – or in its words, ‘Based on the combined results of [archival, cartographic, geological and geophysical] research approaches, there is a chance of 95% that the location of the wreck of Haarlem has been found. The ultimate proof will be the discovery of 19 iron cannon and four iron anchors, as it has been recorded that these items were left behind when the wreck was abandoned. Only future excavation can tell.’ The 62 men who were left to salvage the cargo reported favourably back to the Dutch Republic, and the place became a ship stopover which in time developed into the City of Cape Town. ‘No shipping disaster world-wide,’ says Werz, ‘had ever such an impact on the history of an entire nation.’ He can be seen talking about the project on YouTube.
Many Fellows have been busy over the years reading and recording Roman inscriptions found in Britain, among them R G Collingwood FSA and R P Wright FSA, who compiled the first volume of The Roman Inscriptions of Britain (1965) and Roger Tomlin FSA and Mark Hassall FSA, who co-edited the second RIB stone inscriptions monograph with Wright (2009). Tomlin has also worked on the wooden writing tablets from Vindolanda and London Bloomberg, and compiles an annual catalogue of new finds in the journal in Britannia. Such sources were brought together on a website, part of LatinNow, an interdisciplinary research and educational project led by Scott Vanderbilt at the University of Nottingham and funded by the European Research Council. The Roman Inscriptions of Britain Online website was relaunched in an expanded version on 11 September with support from the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford.

Two books by Neil Jackson FSA have recently been published. In Pierre Koenig: A View from the Archive, he presents ‘a vibrant profile’ of the Los Angeles architect, ‘who Time magazine said lived long enough to become “cool twice.” From the influences of Koenig’s youth in San Francisco and his military service during World War II to the Case Study Houses and his later award-laden years, Jackson’s study plots the evolution of Koenig’s oeuvre against the backdrop of Los Angeles. The book is anchored by Jackson’s exciting discoveries in Koenig’s archive at the Getty Research Institute.’

Japan and the West: An Architectural Dialogue was published in June to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, which marked the start of the architectural dialogue between Japan and the West. Jackson's is the ‘first comprehensive history of the architectural interchange between Japan and the West over the past 150 years. It includes insightful analysis of the Japanese influence on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Le Corbusier, the Smithsons, Archigram and Carlo Scarpa, as well as the Western influence on Maekawa Kunio, Itō Toyoo, Isozaki Arata and Maki Fumihiko, amongst many others.’

Fellows Remembered

Antti Matikkala FSA died on 14 January aged 39. He was elected a Fellow of the Society in December 2009; he was also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Tuukka Talvio FSA, former curator at the Finnish National Board of Antiquities, has kindly written this tribute for Salon:
‘The Finnish historian Antti Matikkala FSA died in Helsinki aged only 39 years. He was born in the north Finnish city of Oulu in November 1979, but through his father, who was a member of the Finnish Parliament, he also came to know Helsinki. After finishing school he started studying history at the University of Helsinki, and after completing his master’s degree he and his newly wed wife Mira moved in 2004 to Cambridge to study for their doctorates.
‘At an early age Matikkala had become passionately interested in orders of chivalry and their history. His doctoral thesis in Cambridge was named The Orders of the Garter, the Thistle, and the Bath and the Formation of the British Honours System, 1660–1770. A revised version was published as The Orders of Knighthood and the Formation of the British Honours System, 1660–1760 (2008), described as ‘the first comprehensive study to set the British orders of knighthood properly into the context of the honours system – by analysing their political, social and cultural functions from the Restoration of the monarchy to the end of George II's reign’. The work earned him the Prix Dr Walburga von Habsburg Douglas. While in Cambridge Matikkala was elected Chairman of the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society. At the time of his death he was Chairman of the Finnish Heraldry Society.
‘After returning to Helsinki Matikkala worked as a post-doctoral researcher and edited, together with Professor Staffan Rośen of Stockholm University, an impressive volume of symposium papers named Perspectives on the Honours Systems (2015). The centenary of the Finnish national orders was now nearing. A history of the Order of Liberty (est. 1918) had already been published, and it was hardly surprising that Matikkala was invited to write the history of the two other Finnish Orders, the White Rose of Finland (est. 1919) and the Order of the Lion of Finland (est. 1942). The book was published in 2017 (Suomen Valkoisen Ruusun ja Suomen Leijonan), soon after his previous book on the bestowals of the highest Finnish orders to foreigners in 1914–44. Both volumes had over 500 pages.
‘Antti’s dedication and capacity for work were exceptional, but unfortunately he burned the candle at both ends. His influence on the study of heraldry and honours systems in Finland is, however, likely to be lasting.’
Photo University of Helsinki

The Guardian published obituaries on the same day, 9 September, of two Fellows who died in August.
Cathy Oakes FSA was born in Leeds, writes her friend Georgina Ferry, ‘the youngest of three children of Geoffrey Oakes, an insurance adviser, and his wife, Megan (nee Newman), a part-time administrator for an optician. She attended Lawnswood school, Leeds, and won a place at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, to study history in 1974. A keen actor, she appeared in an implausible number of student drama productions.'
She joined the V&A as a museum assistant in 1978. From 1994 to 2002 she taught art history in Bristol, before moving to Oxford.
‘Outside work she acted in and directed amateur theatre productions, ran a poetry group, and was an indefatigable walker whatever the weather. Her family was central to her life. After her first marriage ended in divorce, in 2006 she married the musician Michael Copley, who had been a schoolfriend.’
John McNeill FSA responds to the tribute in the last Salon:
‘Cathy's death came as a great shock to her friends and colleagues. She was staying at her house in Cluny – a place she loved – where she contracted sepsis. Just three weeks previously she had given a paper on the alabaster carvings at St Mary's, Shrewsbury at the British Archaeological Association's annual conference. Medieval English alabasters was one of several subjects on which she published, but was particularly close to her heart. Indeed she counted persuading Francis Cheetham to complete his catalogue of the V&A's alabaster collection among her prouder achievements.
‘It is, perhaps, for her teaching that she would most wish to be remembered – for the many students on the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education art history courses she enthused, and for her pioneering development of online courses within the department.’


In the same edition of the Guardian was a long obituary for Kerry Downes FSA, by Edward Chaney FSA, headlined ‘Architectural historian who wrote definitive books on Hawksmoor, Wren and Vanbrugh.’

Hawksmoor (1959) and English Baroque Architecture (1966), writes Chaney, were both ‘groundbreaking’ books, to be followed, among others, by Vanbrugh (1977), Rubens (1980), Sir John Vanbrugh: A Biography (1987), The Architecture of Wren (1982) and Borromini’s Book: The “Full Relation of the Building” of the Roman Oratory by Francesco Borromini and Virgilio Spada of the Oratory (2009).
Downes was the son of Ralph Downes, an organist and Bach specialist, and Agnes (nee Rix). In 1936 Ralph became organist at the Brompton Oratory, London, where he remained until 1977. Kerry gained a BA at the Courtauld Institute in 1951, and was awarded his PhD on Hawksmoor in 1960, the year after the publication of his book. In the meantime he was a librarian at the Courtauld (1954–58) and then at the Barber Institute, Birmingham University. In 1966 he took up the post of Lecturer at Reading, becoming professor in 1978.'
‘As well as campaigning for Hawksmoor,’ says Chaney, ‘Kerry took an expert interest in modernist architecture, and supported the Mansion House Square office block in the City of London that Mies van der Rohe designed in the 1960s. Richard Rogers described it as “the culmination of a master architect’s life work” and Prince Charles as “a giant glass stump”: in the event, James Stirling’s No 1 Poultry was built on the site.’

Memorials to Fellows 


I said in the last Salon I’d compile a list of memorials to Fellows that have appeared in this newsletter. Here it is, at least back to the first edition I edited in June 2015 (345). They can be found in the archive at
Edmund Tyrell Artis FSA (1789–1847) 347, 413
Revd George Ashby FSA (1724–1808) 390
Thomas Bateman FSA (1821–61) 347, 348
Edward Milligen Beloe FSA (1871–1932) 349
Tony Brewster FSA (1918–84) 415, 426
John Collingwood Bruce FSA (1805–92) 393
John Burton FSA (1710–71) 417
George Somers Clarke FSA (1841–1926) 398
Tubby Clayton FSA (1885–1972) 352
Henry Corbould FSA (1787–1844) 349
Francis Drake FSA (1696–1771) 365, 431
Sir Arthur Evans FSA (1851–1941) 382
Sir John Evans FSA (1823–1908) 382, 387, 388
Sir Cyril Fox FSA (1882–1967) 426
Rupert Forbes Gunnis FSA (1899–1965) 401
John Gutch FSA (1746–1831) 423
Louis Arthur Hamand FSA (1873–1955) 395
John Harley FSA (1880–1915) 353
Wilfrid Hemp FSA (1882–1962) 396
Thomas Brand Hollis FSA (1719–1804) 427
John Humphreys FSA (1850–1937) 433
John James FSA (1810–67) 404
Edward Knocker FSA (1804–84) 393
Sir John Lefroy FSA (1817–90) 394
Julian Litten FSA (1947–) 409
Frederick Corbin Lukis FSA (1788–1871) 430
George Lynn the Younger FSA (1706/7–58) 423
Canon Nicholas Hugh MacMichael FSA (1933–85) 393, 394
James Mingay FSA (1752–1812) 352
Reverend William Luke Nichols FSA (1802–89) 432
Thomas North FSA (1830–84) 345
Arthur Edwin Preston FSA (1852–1942) 428
Gordon McNeil Rushforth FSA (1862–1938) 395
Edward Solly FSA (1729–92) 385
George Stephens FSA (1831–95) 347
Mill Stephenson FSA (1857–1937) 404
William Stevenson FSA (1741–1821) 351
Charles Alfred Stothard FSA (1786–1821) 346
John Evan Thomas FSA (1810–73) 408
Emery Walker FSA (1851–1933) 412
Charles Warne FSA (1801–87) 434
And here is the worthy new addition to the list, Charles Warne FSA, whose grave can be found ‘the London Necropolis’ in Brookwood, Surrey. ‘It is rather fun,’ writes Roger Bowdler FSA. ‘There are wonderful things at Brookwood Cemetery, but this is one of the more peculiar, a megalith in miniature set within a pocket henge [see photo at top] to one of the early champions of monument protection. Very rare of a cemetery memorial (which were generally pretty conventional) to reflect a man’s personal interests so closely.’
The Antiquary published an obituary of Warne in 1887, describing him as ‘the well-known antiquary’ who ‘accomplished for Dorset what Sir Richard Colt Hoare FSA had previously done for Wiltshire’. Born in Dorset and ‘imbued with strong antiquarian tastes, he devoted himself to exploring the ancient history of his county, and in this congenial work he spared neither time nor labour.’ He excavated many of Dorset’s barrows, traced its Roman roads, and investigated ‘the footprints of its earliest inhabitants. In the course of these labours he formed a fine collection of early British, Saxon, and other antiquities, peculiarly rich in sepulchral urns; and these all have found their proper resting-place in the county museum at Dorchester.’
He lobbied Brunel to have the proposed course of his Great Western Railway moved so that it would avoid the Roman amphitheatre, then ‘on the outskirts’ of Dorchester. The Society of Antiquaries ‘passed a special vote of thanks to Mr Warne’. The achievement was later shown to be the more significant, when Harold St George Gray FSA excavated at the monument and revealed its origins in a Neolithic henge.
Warne published his researches in Dorsetshire: Its Vestiges, Celtic, Roman, Saxon, and Danish (1865), The Celtic Tumuli of Dorset (1860) and Ancient Dorset (1872). He was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1856.

The Wisdom of Fellows 

‘As a loyal reader of Salon,’ says Catherine Phillips, ‘I am writing to you to see if it might be possible to put out a call for assistance.'
‘The Hermitage Museum has a rather unusual “portrait” of Mary Queen of Scots [above], the iconography of which derives from the so-called “Sheffield Portraits” but showing Mary seated, and which was repainted at some later point with a head that relates more to a different portrait type. It came from the collection of Prince Labanov-Rostovsky in 1864. In his Notes on the Authentic Portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots (1903) Lionel Cust stated that there had been a copy of this work in the collection of Joshua Butterworth of Kensington. Joshua W Butterworth FSA was a Fellow in the 1880s, but Cust may well have been referring to his son. I am looking for the portrait formerly in the UK. Curators at the National Portrait Gallery could not provide any information.’
Can any Fellows help?


‘Nothing important,’ claims Catherine Johns FSA, ‘just an appreciative comment to say how much I enjoyed reading Peter Clayton FSA’s account of Thames mudlarking long ago. I was never involved myself, though of course I knew some of the colleagues Peter mentions. These reminiscences are valuable.’
‘I’ve just seen the latest Salon!!!’ writes an excited Clayton, having discovered that the Pathé film in which he featured can be seen on YouTube. ‘That is truly amazing – I had no idea that the film I mentioned could still be found – I haven’t seen it for about 56 years, that really is archaeological film excavation – memories, memories, especially seeing Janet in the film – thank you so much for that.
‘Now I really realise why I am a Life Fellow, I’m really hanging in there!’
‘In your comments about Gillian Darley FSA's book Excellent Essex, writes Nigel Brown FSA, ‘you quote Catherine Slessor as saying Pevsner “was not a fan of Essex”. Reading Susie Harries' biography, Pevsner does seem to have struggled to deal with Essex and didn't seem to warm to it. Even so his comments about the county are perceptive. To quote from his introduction, he says Essex is the eighth largest county in England, 'ranking behind Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Devon, Norfolk, Northumberland, Lancashire, and Somerset. In variety of character it must be given precedence over most of them.'

In Salon 432 I noted a fragment from a glass fish found at Chedworth villa, which the late Jenny Price FSA had identified as one of very few similar examples from the Roman world. Norman Hammond FSA draws attention to other glass fishes, of different types, two of which are illustrated (left) in the new edition of The Archaeology of Afghanistan which he edited with the late Raymond Allchin FSA and Warwick Ball FSA. These are in the Musée Guimet, Paris, he writes, allocated to the French excavators at partage. ‘Others remain in the Kabul Museum, and were saved from Taliban destruction by the heroic efforts of the Afghan curators, who hid the Begram Treasure until after the American invasion, when it was safe to produce it again.’ In a letter to the Times on the subject (26 July), he said that Sir Mortimer Wheeler FSA proclaimed in Rome Beyond the Imperial Frontiers that “the spectacle [of Begram] is one that stirs the imagination”: he would be delighted at the Chedworth fish.’


Robin Simon FSA wrote in the last Salon about the problems facing academics and other researchers of being asked to pay reproduction fees for images of out of copyright works. N A M Rodger FSA says he has ‘met this reaction from time to time when seeking reproductions of engravings and the like, long out of copyright, from museums and galleries. I have always found a courteous reference to the wording of the Copyright Act has a very salutary effect. The officials concerned are well aware that a day in court would cause the banquet to vanish immediately, and are extremely anxious to avoid publicity. Some of them are my friends and former colleagues, and I understand why they need the revenue, but I do not think that justifies practices which are clearly illegal and dishonest. They are bound to come to light sooner or later, and damage the reputations of all concerned.’


‘Recent discussions about archaeology and politics make me recall two personal experiences,’ writes Andrew Fleming FSA. ‘At the World Archaeological Conference in 1986, I was talking over drinks to a Czech archaeologist. Indulging in a little political fishing, I asked him whether there were some back home who would have liked to come, but weren’t able to. “Yes, about 17 million,” he instantly replied. The other story relates to a former mature student of mine who was in military intelligence, and was posted to Afghanistan. On discovering that he was an archaeologist, they said to him, “Well, perhaps you can investigate the disappearance of something like one hundred archaeologists under the rule of the Taliban.”
‘However “infamous” the first WAC conference in Southampton in 1986 may have been in some people’s eyes, the atmosphere there was absolutely inspirational. In my view, academic freedom is often subsumed, and facilitated, by political freedom. Fix the latter, and you have probably fixed the former. Which is why boycotts etc, however regrettable, may occasionally be worth trying. Perhaps every little helps; apartheid didn’t last very long after 1986…’
‘I very much enjoy reading Salon,’ writes Jeremy Sabloff FSA, adding, ‘and you shouldn't have to apologise about covering Fellows, who happen to be politicians!’

There are more Westminster politicians among our Fellowship than I had appreciated, as Norman Hammond FSA, Robert Harding FSA, Philip Venning FSA and Jean Wilson FSA were quick to correct me. What I now believe to be the complete list, with apologies to those I omitted earlier (and even more to anyone I might yet have missed), is as follows:
In the Commons: John Howell MP FSA, Tim Loughton MP FSA and Chris Skidmore MP FSA.
In the Lords: The Rt Hon the Lord (Peter) Brooke of Sutton Mandeville FSA, Lord (Patrick) Cormack FSA, Lord (James) Crathorne FSA, Lord (Richard) Inglewood FSA, Lord (Rupert) Redesdale FSA, Lord (Colin) Renfrew of Kaimsthorn FSA and The Rt Hon the Lord Waldegrave of North Hill.
Lord Redesdale is a Liberal Democrat, Lord Inglewood is unaffiliated, and the others, including all three Members of Parliament, are Conservative.
‘Lord Cormack,’ writes Jean Wilson, ‘has, apart from other achievements, been doing sterling work in trying to protect our cultural heritage from the damage inflicted by the unthinking privileging of nature over culture by those who promulgate the protection of bat colonies in churches (to the extent of preventing congregations from worshipping, which contravenes the UN Declaration of Human Rights). These do, as you and many other Fellows know, cause irreversible damage to monumental brasses, including almost all of the early important examples in England, and numerous other cultural artefacts, including sculpture, murals, painted screens and textiles.’
The photo shows Lord Cormack receiving the degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Hull in 2011.

Meanwhile Peter Saunders FSA is not enamoured with noble ranks. ‘Theresa May’s election manifesto in 2017’, he wrote to the Times after news of the former Prime Minister’s resignation honours (11 September), ‘promised a review of the honours system, suggesting that at least reform, if not abolition, was in sight. Yet Mrs May has now been as profligate with peerages as her predecessor … her decision to reward failure and overlook convictions brings further disrepute to an already tarnished process. The time for abolition has surely come.’


Martin Henig FSA saw the Boxford mosaic which I wrote about in the last Salon, as, he says, ‘did many other Fellows on the open day. It is of undoubted importance, as perhaps providing a clue as to the reading of, and most probably the deluxe books owned by the elite of fourth-century Roman Britain, which by this date might have been codices rather than scrolls. The Low Ham mosaic [found in 1938 and now in The Museum of Somerset, Taunton] is highly suggestive of a personal copy of The Aeneid on the lines of the Virgilius Romanus in the Vatican; others of Ovid (and there is a clue here in the metre of the couplet at Lullingstone, as well as the mosaic depicting Europa and the Bull to which it refers); at Boxford, the source is probably Hyginus' Fabulae, a retelling of Greek myths in Latin. Romans of the landowning class would have been familiar with these, amongst other works, from their schooling.
‘All of this renders the most careful study of the Boxford mosaic vital, and it is quite something that Anthony Beeson has been deputed by the local society to study it. In my opinion the great Mosaic Corpus [established by Stephen Cosh FSA and David Neal FSA] is one of the proudest publishing achievements of our Society ever, and the meticulous coloured drawings add very considerably to any available photographs. Such a record of this mosaic would enhance a future supplement very considerably.’ 

Beeson is kneeling in the centre of the floor in my photo, below.


Forthcoming Events for Fellows

You can catch up on meetings you've missed by visiting our YouTube Channel.

Ordinary Meetings of Fellows

Interested in proposing a lecture? Please download the Lecture Proposal Form, and email it to Danielle Wilson Higgins, Communications Manager (

Forthcoming Public Events

Conferences and Seminars

  • 21 September: Open House London Join us for Open House London. We participate in this city-wide event every year, welcoming visitors into our apartments in Burlington House to learn about the architecture. 
  • 25 October: Postgraduate Open Day Spend the day learning about our collections and resources that can help you with your research. Hear from Fellows of the Society who are experts in their fields. Network with other postgraduate students and early-career researchers. Spend time in the Library, exploring our collections.
  • 26 October: New Researchers Conference This conference is on the history of collecting and the role of the antiquary. The conference is part of our public outreach programme with a specific focus on engaging with ‘new’ researchers, postgraduate and early career academics. Key note speaker: Professor Arthur McGregor FSA
  • 1 November: Publishing The Staffordshire Treasure: Impacts and Implications, organised by Prof Leslie Webster FSA, Dr Sam Lucy FSA & Dr Tania Dickinson FSA 
  • 29 November: Respect and Protect: fulfilling the obligation to safeguard cultural property in the military context organised by Dr Clive Cheesman FSA (College of Arms) & Dr Helen Forde FSA
Aimed at the archaeological, wider academic and interested lay communities, this day conference will be a chance to hear from those directly involved in this field and discuss the issues and challenges faced. Speakers will include Prof Peter Stone OBE FSA, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace at Newcastle University; Lt-Col Tim Purbrick OBE FSA, the newly appointed commanding officer of the British Army’s Cultural Property Protection Unit; Dr Paul Fox FSA, secretary of the UK Blue Shield Committee; Maj Mark Dunkley FSA, SGMI/Historic England, Dr Emma Cunliffe, Newcastle University, Dr Nigel Pollard FSA, Swansea University and Lt-Col James Hancock, NATO/SHAPE.  

Public Lectures

Public Lectures are held from 13.00 to 14.00 on Tuesdays, with advance booking advised to be sure of a place.

Regional Fellows Groups


South West Fellows

Further information on talks at Exeter can be found here.

Want to join the South West Regional Fellows Group? Please see bulletin above regarding potential upcoming activities. You can sign-up to hear about future activities, here.

Welsh Fellows

The Welsh Regional Fellows’ Group of the Society is holding a one-day symposium on Raglan Castle, Gwent  (Monmouthshire), in the Beaufort Arms, Raglan.

The meeting is being organized in honour of the late Rick Turner OBE, FSA, formerly of CADW, who died in June 2018. It will report on a new project of research into the castle and grounds of the exceptional very late medieval and Renaissance-period castle at Raglan and its role as a cultural and political centre, which Rick himself had been involved in planning.

We shall have a programme of papers and reports from leading specialists in the field from 9.45 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and propose to discuss future prospects for research and publication, including the aspiration to bring together a comprehensive volume of the scope and quality of Rick Turner’s own co-edited volume on Chepstow Castle (with Andy Johnson, Logaston Press, 2006). The cost for the day will include coffee/tea morning and afternoon and a buffet lunch. You can book tickets through the Society website here

Want to join the Welsh Regional Fellows Group? If you would like to attend any current events, please email Bob Child at If you wish to be added to the mailing list, sign-up here.

York Fellows

Want to join the York Regional Fellows Group? If you would like to receive email updates about forthcoming meetings in York, sign-up here.
  • 29 October: Fellows Evening. Lecture by Dr Andrew R. Woods FSA, Senior Curator, York Museums Trust. 'Detecting power: Interpreting the coinage from Anglo-Saxon Rendlesham
Join us at the Bar Convent, (17 Blossom Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1AQ) at 6-6.30 pm for a glass of wine followed by a lecture by Dr Andrew R. Woods FSA. Fellows are welcome to bring guests but, for catering purpose, it is useful to have an idea of numbers to expect, and it is essential to let me know if you would like to join us for a meal afterwards. Please contact Ailsa Mainman FSA by email:

Detecting power: Interpreting the coinage from Anglo-Saxon Rendlesham
The elite Anglo-Saxon site at Rendlesham, Suffolk has been subject to a large-scale archaeological investigation, including a detailed metal-detector survey, over the past decade. Amongst the material recovered is one of the largest mid-Saxon coin assemblages from England. This paper will offer analysis of this assemblage, seeking to interrogate the economic networks of an elite residence at the very outset of Early Medieval coin-use in England.
This paper is part of the Landscape and Lordship in East Anglia project, supported by the Leverhulme Trust (
  • 30 November: Christmas Dinner, SAVE THE DATE.This will once again be held at the Dean’s Court in York. Details to follow.

Propose a Lecture or Seminar

Please download and complete the Lecture Proposal Form, and email it to Danielle Wilson Higgins (, the Society's Communications Manager, if you are interested in giving a lecture at one of the Society's Ordinary Meetings (Thursday evenings at 17.00) or as part of our Public Lecture series (occasional Tuesday afternoons at 13.00). We welcome papers based on new research or themes related to the Society's field of interest: the study of the material past. You can view our current lecture programme in the Events section of our website.

Fellows are also encouraged to propose topics or themes for conferences or seminars that bring scholars and professionals from a variety of disciplines together to explain, discuss and debate our material culture. Please download and complete the Conference Proposal Form, and email it to Danielle Wilson Higgins (, if you are interested in helping us organise such an event.

Presently we are scheduled approximately a year in advance. 

Temporary Reduced Library Services 


Rebecca Loughead & Barbara Canepa have joined the Library team as Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian and User Services Librarian respectively. We will be continue to operate with reduced library services until October, when the new Head of Library and Collections will take up their post.
Research visits: Research visits by Fellows will continue as usual during the Library’s normal opening times (Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm). Fellows wishing to consult material that needs retrieving by staff (manuscripts, archives, prints and drawings, and printed items on closed access) are asked to order material in advance.
External researcher visits will be limited to no more than 2 researchers per day and will be strictly by appointment only. Our Guidelines for Researchers on our website give information on how to make an appointment.

Image services: From 10 September the images service will resume and we will be accepting requests for images and licenses from the library and museum collections.
Other library services to Fellows will operate as normal (book loans and electronic resources service)
Please check our website at for dates of planned closures.

New Digital Presence 


The Society is currently undertaking a digital overhaul and we will soon have a new website and database system to manage Fellows’ details. Both are scheduled to ‘go live’ on Monday 14 October. The new website has been developed to help further our reach and engagement with the public as well as simplifying the interface and making it easier for Fellows to find the information they are looking for.

Key aspects to look forward to are a new ‘Collections Highlights’ platform where we will be showcasing some of the objects from our Library and Museum Collection, many which have not been shared before and a redesigned Kelmscott Manor section. Our new Fellowship system will act as a hub for Fellows’ content and will include a discussion platform and the ability to link your social accounts e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter etc to your profile.

During this vital time our current website will not be accepting any new updates and we will be suspending our  online balloting system from 18 September. It will resume once our new website launches on 7 October. The first ballot of the season is scheduled for 17 October so will not be affected by this.

All Fellows will be sent an update on this project by postal mailing and e-mailing in due course. 

Other Heritage Events

• Entries new to this Salon are marked by The Veil of Time, the keystone over the entrance to the Society’s premises in Burlington House

18 September: Thomas Rickman, a Quaker Architect and the Anglicans (London)
Megan Aldrich’s lecture at Lambeth Palace Library will be accompanied by an exhibition of architectural plans from the Incorporated Church Building Society collection and will be followed by a drinks reception. In association with the University of Liverpool conference, Architectural Patronage in an Age of Reform. Details online.
18 September: James I: The Court at Play (London)
First in a series of free lectures at the Museum of London on the theme of Theatres of Revolution: Stuart Kings and the architecture of disruption, by Simon Thurley FSA for Gresham College as Visiting Professor of the Built Environment. Before he became King of England in 1603 James I had never set foot in an English royal palace. His response on doing so was to create an entirely new sort of country residence devoted to hunting, reading and relaxation with his male favourites. James’s remarkable, architecturally incoherent country houses tell us a huge amount about the man and the dawn of the Stuart age. Details online.
18 September: Post-Excavation Assessment in Practice (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course will introduce recent guidance to PX, and review the essential components of assessment and updated project design. In the afternoon we will review examples from current practice and consider how far they meet their purpose and justify funding decisions. The course is designed for those in supervisory, junior management or specialist roles who will be compiling and contributing to PX assessments, and those in consultancy and curatorial roles who commission and evaluate them. Course Director: Leo Webley, Head of Post-Excavation, Oxford Archaeology South. Tutors: Edward Biddulph, Senior Project Manager and Roman pottery specialist, Oxford Archaeology South; Sarah Wyles, Senior Environmental Officer, Cotswold Archaeology. Details online.

21 September: Bath – Classics, Carbuncles and Conundrums (Bath)
A walking tour led by Timothy Cantell, a founding Trustee of SAVE and a former Trustee of Bath Preservation Trust. The route will include the site of the controversial rugby stadium proposal just across the river from the abbey, and King Edward’s School, a persistent problem building featured in SAVE’s Too Good to Lose: Historic Schools at Risk. We will see a recent shopping area, Milsom Place, and experience Bath’s premier street, Milsom Street, free of traffic as part of a Love Our High Streets event on 21–22 September. And there will be some of the World Heritage Site’s glories along the way. Details online.

21 September: Church Monuments Study Day (London)
The Church Monuments Society will celebrate its 40th birthday and AGM with a day of free lectures at the St Alban’s Centre, Holborn. Speakers include Roger Bowdler FSA, David Carrington FSA and Adam White FSA. Details online.
21 September: Suffolk by the Sea (Southwold)
The 5th Wheeler Conference of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology & History will consider the impact of the coast on Suffolk’s heritage from prehistory to medieval times. Topics include exploring Doggerland, crossing the North Sea and Scandinavian ships, Medieval trade, underwater archaeology at Dunwich, and Southwold museum (Museum of the Year 2017). Speakers include Brian Ayers FSA, Paul Constantine, Vince Gaffney FSA, David Sear and Simon Loftus. Details online.
23 September: Screens, Mosaics and Meanings in Torcello and San Marco (London)
As work on the Iconostasis project continues in Venice, Antony Eastmond, AG Leventis Professor of Byzantine Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, will talk for Venice in Peril at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House about the screen and mosaics at Torcello. Comparing them to the decoration for the apse of the Basilica di San Marco, made a generation later, he proposes that we can see in them the birth of Venetian art, distinct from that of Rome or Constantinople. Details online.
23 September: Adam Lowe and Charlotte Skene Catling in Conversation with Jonathan Jones (London)
Adam Lowe founder of Factum Foundation and exhibition designer Charlotte Skene Catling, will be in conversation with Jonathan Jones, who writes on art for the Guardian, about how technology is being used to enhance our understanding of art history, enabling masterpieces which have been victims of circumstance or history to be seen as they were once intended. This talk at Spencer House coincides with the exhibition Madame de Pompadour in the Frame at Waddesdon which runs until 27 October. Details online.
25–27 September: Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. Significance assessment is a key part of management and of development within the historic environment. This course will introduce the process, show you what is involved in preparing assessments of significance, teach you how to read and judge such assessments, and explore the ways in which they can be used. Open to all, but of particular interest to heritage asset managers and advisers, planners, historic environment professionals and architects, surveyors and others who do not specialise in heritage but may need to understand assessments and their value in guiding change. Course Director: Stephen Bond, Director of Heritage Places and joint author of Managing Built Heritage. Course Co-Director: Henry Russell, Course Director of the programme in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Reading University. Details online.

26–27 September: From Enemies to Allies (Istanbul)
This is the 4th BATAS/BIAA-organised Workshop: From Enemies to Allies (FETA), to be held at Rumelifeneri Campus of Koç University in Istanbul. It will focus on the relationships between Britain, Turkey and NATO between 1945–1960, with talks from Ilter Turan (Bilgi University), Joshua Walker (German Marshall Fund of the United States), and many others. Details online.
27 September: Maritime Archaeology (Chatham)
This will be Chatham Historic Dockyard’s first course, with three morning talks covering themes on the history and work of the dockyard at Chatham, the built heritage and conservation of maritime architecture at Portsmouth dockyard, and marine archaeology across east Kent. Lunch will be provided, followed by a guided tour of the dockyard, introduced by the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and led by Peter Kendall FSA of Historic England. Details online.
28 September: ‘Embroidered with Dust and Mortar’: Women and Architecture 1660–1840 (London)
The Georgian Group presents a symposium at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, exploring how women contributed to and interacted with architecture between 1660 and 1840. Drawing on recent research, the symposium will reassess, and throw new light upon, female architectural achievement and the significance this has upon our understanding of architecture from this period. Speakers include Sue Berry FSA, Caroline Stanford FSA and Rosemary Baird Andreae FSA. Details online.

30 September: ‘The Aura of Popularity’: The Rise and Fall of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in the Nineteenth-Century British Art Market (London)
Isabelle Kent, Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant, The Wallace Collection, speaks in a series of Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.

3 October: Elizabeth I at 60 (London)
Literary scholar Helen Hackett and art historian Karen Hearn FSA will give a lunchtime lecture in the National Portrait Gallery about Queen Elizabeth I, who celebrated her 60th birthday in 1593. In modern screen representations the older Elizabeth is usually in a grotesque state of physical decay, with flaking white make-up, black teeth, and a garish orange wig. The record from the early 1590s is far richer and more complex than this. Using portraits, literature and eye-witness accounts, this lecture will investigate how the ageing Queen was viewed by her contemporaries, and will ask: can we discover the truth of what Elizabeth was like at 60? Details online.
5 October: Social Housing in Buckinghamshire: from Almshouses to Right-to-Buy (Aylesbury)
A conference organised by the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society and local history societies, exploring housing for the people from cottages on manorial estates and the 18th-centuiry workhouse, to New Towns and the right-to-buy. Speakers include John Boughton, author of Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing. Details online.

5 October: One Thousand Years of Ceramic Innovation (London)
This conference organised by the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology and the Medieval Pottery Research Group, will focus on a wide range of technological, stylistic and functional advances in ceramics that have taken place from medieval times to the present. These are manifested in innovative developments in methods of manufacture, ceramic fabrics, new and increasingly specialised forms, decorative styles and techniques, and their collective effect on the place and role of ceramics within society. The conference will bring together speakers covering a diversity of topics, and will also offer opportunities to visit the Museum of London’s Ceramics and Glass Collection. Details from Lorraine Mepham FSA, at or 01722 326867, and online.
5 October: Walking Tour of Churches (Stamford)
The Church Monuments Society continues its series of Walking Tours with a visit to medieval churches in Stamford, Lincolnshire, with a galaxy of monuments from all periods. Not for the faint-hearted, we shall be visiting five churches in five hours, each with a good 20–30 minute walk between, so please wear suitable shoes. Details online.
7 October: Hadrian's Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier (online)
This six-week online course starts on 7 October with tutor Ian Haynes FSA, and offers a comprehensive introduction to Hadrian’s Wall and its people, raising fascinating issues concerning colonisation, cultural transformation, immigration, integration and imperialism. We will explore life in the region before the construction of the Wall, and after the arrival of the Roman army and its impact on the local population, with detailed case studies, To appreciate the range and character of native people, soldiers’ families, slaves, merchants and migrants, we will examine their homes, dress, diet, rituals and religious beliefs. Details online.
9 October: [Museums and critical approaches to the climate and ecological emergency] (London)
The UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies third Annual Public Lecture will be given by Nick Merriman FSA. The topic will revolve around how critical museology has been dominated by a largely human-centred mode of enquiry since it emerged 35 years ago. With a few notable exceptions, until recently little attention has been focused on what is now being termed the climate and ecological emergency. Merriman will discuss ways in which critical approaches to this phenomenon can both illuminate museology as a subject and influence practice in museums. Details online.
10 October: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessments (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course informs participants about the role of desk-based assessments in managing the cultural heritage resource and provides a practical guide to their production. It will also include guidance on the use of desk-based assessments to fulfil the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The course will be of interest to all those who are currently (or hope to be) involved in the commissioning or production of desk-based assessments. It is targeted towards new entrants to the profession and those who would like to develop skills in this area. Course Directors: Jill Hind (formerly Senior Project Mgr Oxford Archaeology) and Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, County Archaeologist for Wiltshire. Details online.

15 October: Who Guards London? (London)
SAVE Britain's Heritage's annual lecture will be given this year by Simon Jenkins FSA at St Botolph Without Bishopsgate Church. Throughout history Londoners have argued about the growth and appearance of their city. Rarely were they heard, at least until the 1970s. Then, with the conservation movement, a revolution occurred. Who is protecting London's historic buildings; the Mayor, London boroughs, government ministers, MPs or the voluntary movement? Details online.

16 October: Homer Today (London)
Martha Kearney will chair a panel – Edith Hall, Nicoletta Momigliano FSA and A E Stallings – in the Macmillan Hall, Senate House, as they discuss their most recent findings and the current trends in reading Homer; Kearney read Classics at Oxford before becoming a journalist and BBC broadcaster. A reception in the Hellenic and Roman Library will follow the event, which is held in aid of the Library. Details online.

16 October : Faith and Place: A Future for the Isolated, Rural Church (Norwich)
Booking is open for the annual County Churches Trust conference to be held at Norwich Cathedral. Speakers include John Inge, Bishop of Worcester; Trevor Cooper, Chair of the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance; John Goodall FSA, Architectural Editor of Country Life, and Diana Evans from Historic England. There will also be experienced representatives from community projects involved with rural churches. Details online.

21 October: Accademia - Recent Acquisitions and the 'Grandi Gallerie' Project (London)
Paola Marini will talk for Venice in Peril at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House. As Director of the Accademia between 2015–18, Marini oversaw a major programme of exhibitions, conservation and remodelling of the galleries. Setting this work in context she will offer a preview of the new Cinquecento Rooms in the light of recent acquisitions and conservation, before reflecting on her new role as Chair of the Association of Private Committees for Venice. Details online.
28 October: Architectural Salvage from Cairo to London: The Pivotal Role of the Paris Exhibitions of 1867 and 1878 (London)
Moya Carey, Curator of Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, and Mercedes Volait, Research Professor at CNRS, based at InVisu, INHA, Paris, speak in a series of Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.

29 October: Fire: Friend or Fiend in Human History? (Bournemouth)
The Third Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture at Bournemouth University will be given by the internationally renowned anthropologist Ruth Tringham (University of California at Berkeley). She will explore how archaeologists can and do act as arson investigators centuries or millennia after the event, focusing on the burned houses of Neolithic Southeast Europe, and earlier examples in Neolithic Anatolia (Çatalhöyük, Turkey), in order to consider how fire has been managed and controlled, and why fire is chosen as a means of destroying places, urban or rural, public or domestic. Details online.
31 October: Archaeological Writing for Publication (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course will introduce the standard types of published reports currently produced by archaeologists, and how the scope and content of a report is planned. The course will then focus on two key components, the stratigraphic narrative and the discussion, and the most effective and successful ways of approaching the planning, writing and illustration of these. This will include a critical review of a number of examples, to identify common mistakes and how to avoid them. We will also look at the special requirements that apply to writing in a professional and academic context. The course will involve some preparatory reading before the training day. Course Director: Elizabeth Popescu, Post-Excavation and Publications Manager, Oxford Archaeology East. Details online.

1 November: Beornwyn, Byrtferth, Burials and Burhs: The Clarendon Environs in the Early Medieval Period (Salisbury)
The annual Clarendon Lecture will be given at the Salisbury Museum by Alex Langlands. By the late 12th century, clear evidence exists for Clarendon’s regional and national importance. But for the pre-Conquest period diverse sources must be employed to reveal the character of the landscape. Far from being a ‘dark age’, this part of Wessex entertained a dense settlement pattern, enjoyed sophisticated levels of land management and teemed with interesting characters. Details online.

6 November: Charles I: The Court at War (London)
Second in a series of free lectures at the Museum of London on the theme of Theatres of Revolution: Stuart Kings and the architecture of disruption, by Simon Thurley FSA for Gresham College as Visiting Professor of the Built Environment. During the Civil War Charles I’s court, denied access to its country residences, set itself up in makeshift locations. Oxford, and other temporary ‘palaces’, had to be both elegant court centres and efficient military headquarters. These unusual royal houses cast new light on the key protagonists in England’s Civil War. Details online.

9 November: Sunrise Over the Stones: Recent Research into Neolithic and Chalcolithic Wessex (Bournemouth)
The CBA Wessex 2019 Annual Conference will be held at Bournemouth University. Roland Smith FSA will give the welcome address, and other speakers include Tim Darvill FSA, Mike Parker Pearson FSA, Josh Pollard FSA, Julian Richards FSA, Miles Russell FSA, Alison Sheridan FSA and Ann Woodward FSA. Details online.
11 November: Glorious Things: John Ruskin's Daguerreotype Photographs of Venice (London)
During his 1845 visit to Venice, Ruskin became aware of the power of the recently invented daguerreotype camera to make accurate records of endangered buildings. To mark the 200th anniversary of his birth Sarah Quill, a Trustee of Venice in Peril, will look at Ruskin’s involvement with photography during his researches for The Seven Lamps of Architecture and The Stones of Venice, at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House. Details online.
11 November: Animals and the Rise of the Georgian West End (London)
In this Spencer House Lecture Tom Almeroth-Williams, author of the recently published City of Beasts: How Animals Shaped Georgian London, will explore the dramatic role played by horses, livestock and dogs in West End life in the Georgian period. Details online.
14–15 November: Collecting and Collections: Digital Lives and Afterlives Workshop (London)
The Collective Wisdom project, funded by an AHRC International Networking Grant, explores how and why members of the Royal Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Leopoldina (in Halle, Germany) collected specimens of the natural world, art, and archaeology in the 17th and 18th centuries. Three international workshops at Carlton House Terrace will analyse the connections between these scholarly organisations, natural philosophy, and antiquarianism, and to what extent these networks shaped the formation of early museums and their categorisation of knowledge. Details online.
15 November: Curating Decay (Waltham Abbey)
This will be Waltham Abbey Gunpowder Mills’ first course, with three morning talks covering a range of issues in the management of vulnerable heritage sites, and reimagining how we might adopt an ethical stance that allows us to collaborate with natural processes and decay, rather than fighting against them. Lunch will be provided, followed by a chance to visit the Royal Gunpowder Mills exhibition and a guided tour of the site led by Wayne Cocroft FSA. Details online.
25 November: A ‘Fauve de la Curiosité’: The Hybrid Career of Edouard Jonas (1883-1961), Dealer and Curator (London)
Barbara Lasic, Lecturer in History of Art and Coordinator of Postgraduate Programmes, University of Buckingham, speaks in a series of free Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.

26 November: William Holcot's Books: Recantation and Repentance in Reformation England (London)
John Craig will talk about William Holcot, a mid-Tudor gentleman, bibliophile and lay reader in the early Elizabethan church, whose experience of recantation during the reign of Queen Mary powerfully shaped his thoughts and actions during the Elizabethan period. The few pieces that survive from Holcot's life enrich our understanding of a particular stream of Elizabethan Protestantism. At Lambeth Palace Library in association with the University of London seminar on the Religious History of Britain 1500–1800, this event will be followed by a drinks reception. Details online.
27–29 November: Art of the Lost Conference (Canterbury)
Over three days curators, conservators, scientists, historians, archaeologists and artists from the UK, Europe and the USA will gather at Canterbury Cathedral and look at how, and why art is defaced, destroyed or lost within architectural settings. With a particular focus on art within the context of cathedrals and other places of worship, the conference considers changing ideologies, iconoclasm, war, fashion and symbolism. It will discuss art from the sixth century to the present. Delegates will have exclusive access to the Cathedral’s collections, with behind-the-scene tours of conservation in action, and wall paintings and graffiti. Speakers include Gerry Alabone FSA, Paul Bennett FSA, Kate Giles FSA, Tessa Murdoch FSA, Sandy Nairne FSA and David Rundle FSA. Details online.

27–29 November: Public Inquiry Workshop (Oxford)
A short course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course is a practical workshop carefully designed to improve the performance of anyone who might be called upon to participate in a Public Inquiry concerned with the historic environment. It will present the terms of procedure, the roles of the participants and the general feel of a Public Inquiry. A mock Public Inquiry will be mounted using a genuine case study. Training for potential witnesses will be given in how to prepare evidence for a Public Inquiry, how to produce proofs of evidence, and to experience them being given and tested under realistic conditions. You will be allocated a role to play in the Inquiry and asked to prepare a proof of evidence to fit this role. Active participation limited to 14 participants. There will also be a limited number of places available for observers. Course Directors: Roger M Thomas, Barrister and Archaeologist; George Lambrick, Independent Archaeology and Heritage Consultant. Planning Inspector: Richard Tamplin. Advocates: David Woolley QC and Allan Ledden, Solicitor. Details online.

18 January 2020: Fifty Years of Archaeology at Rewley House (Oxford)
This day school will look back at a half century of archaeology at Rewley House, to assess and celebrate the department’s achievements, discussing in particular its involvement in field archaeology from the training excavation at Middleton Stoney in the 1970s through to its recent and current community archaeology work in East Oxford and Appleton. In addition, present and former directors of archaeological studies, alongside others who have played significant roles in Rewley House archaeology, will talk about their work with the department. Speakers include Malcolm Airs FSA, Anne Dodd FSA, David Griffiths FSA, Tom Hassall FSA, Gill Hey FSA, Gary Lock FSA and Trevor Rowley FSADetails online.

18 March 2020: Charles II: The Court in Exile (London)
Third in a series of free lectures at the Museum of London on the theme of Theatres of Revolution: Stuart Kings and the architecture of disruption, by Simon Thurley FSA for Gresham College as Visiting Professor of the Built Environment. For a decade after the execution of Charles I the Stuart courts were based in the Low Countries and France. Determined to maintain splendour and dignity, though short of money, Charles II used rented mansions as headquarters for the exiled monarchy. In these hitherto unknown royal ‘palaces’ the king and his courtiers developed tastes that were to fundamentally fashion the art and architecture of Restoration England. Details online.
23–27 March 2020: Histories of Archaeology (Canberra)
The Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific (CBAP) Australian Research Council Laureate Project, led by Matthew Spriggs FSA, will be hosting this conference at the Australian National University in Canberra, airing new ideas on the history of archaeology worldwide. Invited keynote speakers include Margarita Diaz-Andreu FSA, Stephanie Moser FSA, Lynn Meskell, Tim Murray FSA, Lynette Russell and Nathan Schlanger. The conference launches the CBAP-linked international museum exhibitions under the title of Uncovering Pacific Pasts: Histories of Archaeology in Oceania, which will take place at approximately 40 museums and cultural institutions worldwide. Enquiries to, details online.
10 June 2020: William and Mary: The Court Divided (London)
Fourth in a series of free lectures at the Museum of London on the theme of Theatres of Revolution: Stuart Kings and the architecture of disruption, by Simon Thurley FSA for Gresham College as Visiting Professor of the Built Environment. Like James I, King William III was unhappy with the formality of England’s vast crumbling royal estate. But unlike James, who virtually abandoned Edinburgh, William maintained a second court, and a parallel suite of royal houses, in the Netherlands. Mostly ignored by English historians, these houses are the key to understanding the style that we now know as William and Mary, and its impact on England. Details online.

Call for Papers

16–18 April 2020: Wall Painting Conservation and its Dilemmas in the Twenty-first Century (York)
A conference in memory of Sharon Cather FSA will take place in the surroundings of the Tempest Anderson Hall of the Yorkshire Museum, the Hospitium in the museum’s 19th-century gardens, and the King’s Manor, University of York, to take stock of the current state of wall painting conservation internationally, and consider potentially productive developments in the future. Contributions will cover all periods of wall painting from ancient to contemporary, and will take the opportunity of reflecting on the type of issues that were of such concern to Sharon Cather. The number of papers will need to be limited to about 18. Many have already been offered, and others are now invited. Speakers will be asked to commit to contributing to the follow-up publication. Details online.

8–10 July 2020: Early Modern Conference (Durham)
The Durham Early Modern Conference is an annual event organised by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham University. It offers a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary forum for any aspect of early modern studies, covering the period c 1450 to c 1800. We welcome proposals for panels comprising at least three papers, and strands which will run through the conference and should generally comprise at least two and no more than five related panels. The deadline for submissions is Monday 11 November 2019. Details online.


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