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Salon: Issue 414
2 October 2018

Next issue: 16 October

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Inside this issue

From the Desk of the General Secretary

Open House London 

On Saturday September 20th, the Society of Antiquaries took part in Open House London alongside the other learned societies at Burlington House. All our tours were fully booked, despite the adverse weather. Visitors were given guided tours of the society apartments and given the opportunity to learn about our history and collection.

Tours were provided by our General Secretary, staff, President, Paul Drury PSA and former President, Gill Andrews Hon. VPSA.  It was noted by visitors that no other organisations provided tours by their President or General Secretary and it was received most warmly by those in attendance. Thank you to all the staff that were on hand throughout the day to engage with our visitors and make sure the day ran smoothly. We have been taking part in Open House London for the past few years and following another very successful year, we intend to continue this tradition in 2019.

New Library Exhibition

A new display was installed in the Library last week on the theme of autograph music in the Society’s manuscripts. This display focuses on two manuscripts, MS 437 Franks Bequest Album Amicorum and MS 444/15 Cely-Trevilian Collection. Showcased are various musical offerings dating from the early 17th century (MS 437) and the middle of the 19th century (MS 444/15), which highlight popular musical styles contemporary to each manuscript. Additional content is available on our webpage: This display will run until mid-December 2018. 

Three-year Research Grant

The Society awards research grants on an annual basis but most applications for support are from projects of several years’ duration. In 2014 and 2017 the society was able to award three-year grants thanks to donations from Tristan Hillgarth FSA and Dr Edward Harris FSA, and through Dr Harris’s continuing generosity we are able to award another three-year grant of £5,000 per annum in the current grant round (2018/19).
For eligibility, conditions and the application process see the SAL website.

Charles Marsh Portrait 

Public Lecture Monday 15th October by Maurice Howard FSA

Thanks to a generous gift, this is the first major acquisition of an historic portrait of one of our Fellows for more than a quarter of a century. Charles Marsh FSA gave a paper to the Society on the subject-matter of of the Barberini-Portland vase just months after his election as Fellow in 1784. This was subsequently published in Archaeologia. The vase duly appears in the painting.

The painter was L.F.Abbott, portraitist of the poet Cowper, the sculptor Nollekens and, amongst many other sitters of a naval background, Lord Nelson. The lecture will explore antiquarian debates about the vase at this period when it first came to Britain, the modes of portraiture at this time and the history of the painting itself. Marsh had a grand house at Twickenham very close to Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill but tradition has it that he died in his apartment on Piccadilly. He was buried in the cloister of Westminster Abbey.

The painting and its frame both need attention before it can hang in the Society's rooms so this is a unique chance to see it as fundraising begins and before we send it off for essential conservation.

When England Ruled the Waves


This stunning depiction of Queen Elizabeth I watching her Navy scuttle the Spanish Armada, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester at her side, is thought to have been made around 1600, within a generation of the engagement. The Queen is seen in the miniature painting (it is 21 cm long) in the near distance on a horse, on the only part of the shore not shown as cliffs.
Contemporary images of the Spanish Armada are rare. This one surfaced as a loan to the Rijksmuseum, the Museum of the Netherlands, between 1975 and 1995. It has been auctioned, and will leave the UK unless a matching sum can be raised by 13 December (extended until 13 March 2019 if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase it is made), of £210,000 plus £6,600 VAT.
A number of Fellows have been involved in achieving this outcome so far, writes Karen Hearn FSA. Hearn is author of an article about a larger Armada painting which she argued was not, as had been thought, painted in 1588, but in the early 17th century (Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 14, 2004),
Peter Barber FSA, a member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, said in a statement:
‘This vibrant miniature is one of the earliest and most vivid depictions of an episode of crucial importance for the history of England. That it is the work of a Flemish artist and shows the role played by Dutch ships, additionally underline the Armada’s European-wide significance. Yet, familiar though the overall story may be, the miniature includes many intriguing details that need further investigation, such as the prominence given to the ship and arms of the commander of the English forces, Lord Howard of Effingham. There can be few items more justly called a “national treasure” and it needs to be retained in this country so that it can be further studied and enjoyed.’

The font, the Hedgehogs and the Roman Bath

Anyone with half an eye on historic architecture would have been puzzled by an item in the Times (10 September) about ‘A priceless 2,000-year-old Roman garden water fountain found in a dig,’ which ‘was thrown out by a council because it was too big to store.’ The column was headed with a photo of a distinctly Medieval-looking stone font. Not that that bothered online commentators.
Squarepeg wondered why the council didn't sell the fountain? ‘There must be any number of people who would be prepared to pay to have such an ornament in their own gardens.’ ‘I think that is vandalism,’ wrote Mark Jones, ‘and someone should be prosecuted for being an idiot.’ ‘This doesn't surprise me at all,’ added Alison Dow. ‘Colchester Council have a history of neglect when it comes to the Roman heritage of Colchester (Camulodunum).’
Someone at the Times had muddled up two stories. The photo showed a fine Romanesque font (above left), found in three pieces (and repaired with concrete) in Dorset. Or, in the words of a Mail Online headline (9 September), ‘Couple investigating death of two hedgehogs in their garden pond find £4,000 12th century Italian stone font.’ It was sold by Dukes in Dorchester for £3,000 plus fees.
The bath story was nonetheless real, up to a point. Roman remains had been excavated (in Colchester in 1998, top right), had been taken at the time from the site, and had recently been disposed of. I asked Philip Crummy FSA, Director and Principal Archaeologist of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, to explain. He kindly sent this fascinating report:

‘The so-called “water feature” was actually found in an excavation in 1934 by Rex Hull prior to the building of a new post office. In fact there is a picture of it in his Roman Colchester (1958). Our later excavation was more extensive, with the sequence starting with the Roman fortress running right through to post-Medieval. The later Roman levels included what was probably a small part of a Roman house incorporating a private baths suite. We uncovered part of a corridor and a room heated by a hypocaust. The “water feature” must have been a semi-circular plunge bath flanking one side of the heated room.
‘Jess Jephcott (who subsequently set up the website Camulos, and who was very interested in the archaeology and history of the town) felt that the bath should be put on display. He took up the matter with the museum, and it was agreed it should be lifted and taken there with the intention of doing this sometime in the future. Jess is a force to be reckoned with! He has been a great supporter of the Roman circus, being helpful in many ways although, unfortunately for us, last year he retired and, along with his wife Teresa, emigrated to France. He emailed me recently to say he was now French!
‘The basin was about 4.5 x 2.5 m in area. It was badly cracked and in pieces when we found it, the largest being over a ton in weight. At the time, Jess owned and ran a steel fabrication business so he was able to make a steel cradle for the bath. With the aid of a crane, he lifted the bath piece by piece and reassembled it in the cradle. He then secured the pieces with long sheets of very flexible metal bent on site by hand to the D-shape of the remains. Jess then drove the lot off down to the museum store where he unloaded and left the cradle complete with its payload.
‘All of this was done by Jess at his own expense and on his own initiative. We've got pictures of the bath being lifted and removed off site, but nothing for the other end. I always thought it had been put in the yard next to the main museum offices next to the Castle, but evidently it went to a yard a little distance away.
‘Moving bits of site for reassembly and display elsewhere is always going to be an ambitious task, especially when dealing with something the size and weight of the bath. Mosaics are relatively easy to deal with. We've even successfully moved short bits of Roman walls (especially burnt Boudiccan ones) but there needs to be a budget for conservation and ideally a good home from the outset for things like this. This wasn't the case here. There couldn't be, especially given the circumstances. And of course, there is the question, if you move the bath, why not move the remains of the hypocausted room next to it? It's all presumably part of the same thing after all.’

Font photo from Dukes of Dorchester, dig photos from East Anglian Daily Times.

Medieval Tower Identified in Derry/Londonderry

New research suggests a round stone tower in the heart of Derry/Londonderry City, assumed to be part of a 17th-century windmill, is Medieval, and probably monastic. ‘This monument is the only Medieval structure still standing in Derry,’ said Colm Donnelly FSA, Director of the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queen’s University Belfast, in a press statement. ‘All other Medieval buildings that were once here are now gone, buried under the centuries of building activity that have happened in the city over the past 400 years.’
The tower stands in the grounds of Lumen Christi College. Gerard Barrett, Research Fellow at Queen’s, says it was re-used for a windmill – as the tower’s modern name suggests. But radiocarbon dating of mortar from the wall, collected during conservation work in 2013, places its origins in the 13th or 14th centuries AD. Monastic towers, symbols of power and affluence, are called cloigtheach, or bell-house. The engraving above (1802) shows a tower in Derry/Londonderry known as the Long Tower, said to have survived the siege of 1689 and that had been thought to have disappeared.
Attempts to date mortar go back to the 1960s, using atmospheric carbon dioxide absorbed as the mortar sets. Long enough ago for samples to have been supplied by the Ministry of Public Building and Works (including ‘London Tower’), M S Baxter and A Walton tested mortars of known age. They highlighted the problem of contamination by old carbon in limestone used to make the mortar, and they had to allow for artificial 14C from nuclear weapons tests (Nature 225, 1970). More precise technologies have helped to overcome these and other problems, though the processes remain complex.
Barrett and his colleague at the 14CHRONO Centre for Climate, the Environment and Chronology at Queen’s, Paula Reimer, recently noted the wide range of approaches currently being taken to dating mortar. In experiments they ran several techniques alongside each other, and introduced infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and thermogravimetric mass spectrometry (TGMS) as means of evaluating samples.


Two Fellows are among Cambridge academics and intellectuals celebrated by street names in the new Eddington development in north-west Cambridge. Christopher Evans FSA tells Salon that the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, which proposed archaeologists Miles Burkitt FSA and Dorothy Garrod FSA for the honour, also suggested the name Eddington, after Sir Arthur Eddington, a Cambridge astronomer who proved key aspects of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity in an experiment in 1919. In 2008 the CAU excavated within the grounds of the Cambridge University Observatory, and uncovered the footings of a Newall 25-inch refractor telescope, erected in 1891, where Eddington had worked (see Antiquity 85 (2011), 1369–84).
The university invited people to propose names for streets, neighbourhoods and buildings on the North West and West Cambridge sites, drawing on features of the locations and landscapes, and people with a strong university connection. Miles Burkitt (1890–1971) was Cambridge University's first Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology, known for his work on the Palaeolithic in Europe and Africa. Dorothy Garrod (1892–1968), also a specialist in Palaeolithic archaeology, was the first woman to hold an Oxbridge chair, as Cambridge’s Disney Professor of Archaeology (1938–52). Others whose names can be spotted include Frances Crofts Cornford, Christopher Hogwood, A E Housman, C S Lewis, Sylvia Plath and Ludwig Wittgenstein.


Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill

Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill: Masterpieces from Horace Walpole’s Collection, opens in Twickenham on 20 October. The exhibition, writes Michael Snodin FSA, Chair of Strawberry Hill Collection Trust, will ‘provide a unique and unparalleled opportunity to see Horace Walpole’s celebrated collection in the Gothic setting specially created for it.’ Snodin co-curated the show with Silvia Davoli, who has written an accompanying book, and it has been organised in association with the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.
‘Objects from Walpole’s famous collection, dispersed in 1842,’ says Snodin, ‘will as far as possible be returned to their exact locations in the house, enabling visitors to experience their carefully calculated interaction with the pioneering Gothic-revival interiors. The exhibits are being lent from 45 collections, many of them private. They cover the full range of Walpole’s collecting, including Roman antiquities, paintings by Holbein, Van Dyck and Reynolds, Boulle furniture and relics like the hat of Cardinal Wolsey and the hair of Mary Tudor. Among them are many objects only recently identified as Walpole’s.’
Davoli and Snodin’s research unearthed 200 new pieces in public museums and private collections from London to New York and Moscow. In many cases their owners were unaware of the Strawberry Hill provenance. Discoveries include renaissance paintings and drawings, works by Rubens and Van Dyck, a Roman fresco and a sarcophagus. The search continues with an interactive ‘Treasure Hunt Blog.’ The exhibition closes on 24 February 2019.
Photo at top is from Wikipedia. The Portrait of the Ladies Waldegrave, by Joshua Reynolds (1780–81), National Galleries of Scotland, is from the Strawberry Hill exhibition web page.

Offa's Great Dyke

Howard Williams FSA is very excited about Offa’s Dyke, specifically a new trench dug through a ditch on the Chirk Castle Estate in Wrexham.
The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, funded by Cadw and the National Trust, has excavated a section through the dyke as part of the Linear Earthworks Project. Ian Grant, an archaeologist at CPAT, is interested in a theory that King Offa (757–796) enlarged an older earthwork, and that the dyke was ‘a work in progress’ over two or three centuries. Williams visited the dig with the fourth Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory event held in September, and has written a blog about it. The occasion, he writes, was ‘the first time I’ve had the opportunity to see first-hand what relatively very few archaeologists have seen: a completely excavated section of Offa’s Dyke’s ditch!’
Having exposed a steep-sided ditch, says Williams, Grant’s team, trusting ‘Ian’s archaeological experience,’ continued excavating a ‘distinct sharp-angled slot down another entire metre.’ The result was the exposure of ‘a whopping 5-6m wide and 3m-deep ditch near Chirk Castle,’ where today very little is to be seen. Archaeologists hope charcoal samples from the ditch will give useful radiocarbon dates. The dig supports a contention by Keith Ray FSA and Ian Bapty (in Offa’s Dyke: Landscape and Hegemony in Eighth-Century Britain, 2016) that the original scale of Offa’s Dyke has traditionally been under-estimated, partly as a result of misinterpreting earlier excavations.
The photo on the right shows five of the six Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory convenors (left to right), Keith Ray, Howard Williams, Dave McGlade, Paul Belford FSA and Andrew Blake, the sixth being Chris Catling FSA. Both photos Howard Williams.


Book Burning Makes Brief Return to UK

This 6-metre-wide tapestry shows Saint Paul burning books, as he directs a bonfire of magic at Ephesus. Designed by Pieter Coecke van Aelst and using gold, silver and coloured silk threads, it was ordered by Henry VIII and delivered to Hampton Court Palace in 1538. It is currently In Britain for conservation, and can be seen at Franses, tapestry specialists on Jermyn Street, London, from October 1–19 by invitation. Other tapestries in the small loan exhibition include Lord Russell Order of the Garter and Romulus and Remus.
The tapestry was once part of a set of nine depicting the life of Saint Paul. Simon Franses, quoted by the Mail Online (23 September), says 'There's nothing to touch it in the Victoria & Albert, the Royal Collection or the National Trust,' adding ‘that it eclipses even comparable examples at Hampton Court.’
Thomas Campbell, a former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a former Fellow, had described the rediscovery of the Burning of the Books as ‘the Holy Grail of Tudor tapestry’. He studied the lost St Paul tapestries for his book, Henry VIII and the Art of Majesty: Tapestries at the Tudor Court (2007),
The tapestries, says the Mail Online, were listed as being at Hampton Court in 1547, and Charles II used them in his redecoration of Windsor Castle in the 1670s. They were last recorded there in 1770, and it was thought they had been destroyed. Franses says they discovered that the book burning example was bought by a Spanish dealer in the 1960s. It was sold on, and has been sent to the UK by a Barcelona collector for conservation.
Franses hopes that Spain will grant an export licence, and, were it to come on the open market, that Britain could acquire it for less than its estimated value of more than £5m. Campbell is to give a lecture about the tapestry at the Royal Academy on 6 October.

Foggy Post-Brexit Prospects for Science, Heritage, Culture

Chiara Bonacchi, an archaeologist at Stirling University, is among seven UK scholars asked by Nature about Brexit. In a feature headed, ‘Six months to Brexit: how scientists are preparing for the split’ (26 September), she says that academics in Italy have ‘very little space to grow,’ while staying in Britain gives her ‘the opportunity to develop as an independent researcher.’ She obtained British residency in June and is now applying for citizenship.
Mike Galsworthy, Cofounder of Scientists for EU, says the group’s original goal had been to secure a Brexit that respected scientific interests. With little clarity about what is happening, he tells Nature, they have abandoned that and instead they have allied with People’s Vote, a national movement which advocates a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership.
Writing in the Guardian (22 September), David Batty reports that industry leaders say ‘A no-deal Brexit would cause severe disruption across the UK’s culture, science and design sectors… UK museums were already losing scientists, researchers and curators, and there was a shortage of archaeologists.’
Kate Geary, Head of Professional Development and Practice at the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, says Batty, said EU nationals made up to 60% of workers on some projects. She said the obligation to carry out [development-led archaeological investigations] may be scrapped due to staff shortages, which would be ‘detrimental to the country’s heritage’.
Early in 2017 I reported in British Archaeology (154) that the archaeological profession faced a storm of challenges due to Brexit: university archaeology departments rely on EU funds, EU staff are essential to field archaeology, and EU schemes protect ancient landscapes. Matthew Collins, Professor of Archaeology at York University, told me that winning European funding applications and attracting leading European scholars were key to British departments taking the top four archaeology places in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. While UK universities on average received 14% of European Research Council funding, nearly half those awards went to archaeology. The total UK contribution to archaeological research from the ERC, at €41.5m, matched the £35m from Research Councils UK. If not replaced, the loss of ERC funding could devastate archaeological research.
Loyd Grossman FSA, Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, told the Guardian that a no-deal Brexit would have significant consequences for heritage projects, which received at least £450m in EU funding in 2007–16 and relied on significant numbers of EU workers. ‘Preventing access to EU labour could jeopardise huge heritage projects such as the restoration of the Palace of Westminster,’ he said.
Bernard Donoghue, Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, says Batty, ‘said cultural organisations believed the government was unlikely to replace European Union funding for museums and the arts in the event of a no-deal… skilled workers in the culture, science and design sectors … are leaving because either they know that the EU funding for their job is going to dry up or they’re insecure about the status of their jobs … The effect of a no-deal on the whole of the economy would be so profound that when it comes to any kind of commitment about future funding, all bets are off. It’s difficult to imagine how the whole cultural sector will not be affected detrimentally.’
A spokeswoman for Arts Council England said, ‘Over two-thirds of our funded organisations work internationally and in the event of a no-deal Brexit, many would feel the impact immediately.’ Alistair Brown, Policy Officer at the Museums Association, said a no-deal ‘could deprive museums of major objects for exhibitions in the UK.’

• Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has proposed a festival of Britain, to ‘showcase the best of the UK’s talent in business, technology, arts and sport … in every region, even those that voted against Brexit.’ The idea of Jacob-Rees Mogg and offered at the opening of the Tory party conference, it would take place in 2022. ‘Just as millions of Britons celebrated their nation’s great achievements in 1951,’ said May, referring to the Festival of Britain, ‘we want to showcase what makes our country great today. We want to capture that spirit for a new generation, celebrate our nation’s diversity and talent and mark this moment of national renewal with a once-in-a-generation celebration.’
‘The plan to celebrate Brexit Britain at a cost of £120 million,’ reported the New European (30 September), ‘has led to disbelief from all sides on social media. David Lammy, the Labour MP and anti-Brexit campaigner, tweeted: “Theresa May’s £120 million “Festival of Brexit Britain” is historically illiterate. The Labour government’s 1951 Festival of Britain marked a new era of growth and international cooperation. The opposite of where this Tory government is taking us”.’

Fellows (and Friends)

Terence Cocks FSA, Honorary Archivist of Leicester Cathedral, died in September.
An appreciation appears in Fellows Remembered below. The section also contains a further notice on the late David Watkin FSA.
David Lowenthal, a much awarded historian and geographer, died on 15 September aged 95. He was particularly known for The Past is a Foreign Country (1985), an influential and wide-ranging text that dissected the ‘modern cult of preservation and pervasive nostalgia’, recognising the continuing power of the past in times of change. The Past Is a Foreign Country – Revisited (2015) was awarded a British Academy Medal. Born in New York City, he took his PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He taught at Vassar College (1952–56), the University of the West Indies (1956–70) and UCL (1972–85), where he became an Emeritus Professor. An obituary in the Guardian (27 September) is subheaded, ‘Scholar who established heritage studies as an academic discipline in its own right.’

Norah Moloney died in September. Having received her MA and PhD (in Palaeolithic archaeology) from the UCL Institute of Archaeology, she taught widely in archaeology at a number of universities, and became well known to UCL students for her courses in human evolution and lithic analysis. She conducted fieldwork across Europe and in Jordan, Kazakhstan and Armenia, and published extensively on ancient lithic analysis and technology, most recently co-authoring a paper on the chemical effects of guano on stone flakes excavated in the Southern Caucasus (Archaeometry 2017). She wrote some successful student texts, including The Young Oxford Book of Archaeology (1995, described as ‘outstanding’ by the Observer) and (with Pat Rice) Biological Anthropology and Prehistory: Exploring Our Human Ancestry (2008/2016).
Both photos UCL.


DigVentures crowdfunded a conference in September on Lindisfarne, to commemorate Time Team and the late Mick Aston FSA. Speakers included Stewart Ainsworth FSA, John Gater FSA, Helen Geake FSA, Chris Gerrard FSA, Phil Harding FSA, Mike Heyworth FSA, Carenza Lewis FSA, David Petts FSA, Francis Pryor FSA and Julian Richards FSA. Tony Robinson (@Tony_Robinson) tweeted this photo under the heading, ‘The old ruins of Lindisfarne.’ It shows (left to right) Robinson, Theresa Hall, Lewis, Ainsworth, Geake and Gater.

Sarah Staniforth FSA, a former senior executive at the National Trust, began a four-year term as a Trustee of the Science Museum on 8 August. Mark Downing FSA, a specialist in Medieval military monuments, has been elected President of the Church Monuments Society, to succeed Jean Wilson FSA whose five-year term ended in September. Neil Redfern FSA and Steve Trow FSA are among six people expected to be elected to the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists’ Advisory Council at CifA’s AGM on 15 October.
Paul Arthur FSA has been elected President of the Italian Society for Medieval Archaeology during the 8th Society Congress held at Matera in September, an unusual honour for an English archaeologist. Arthur is Director of the Post-Graduate School in Archaeology at the University of Salento in Lecce. He left for Italy, where he excavated in the 1980s first at Pompeii, and later in Naples, following the reconstruction of the devastating Irpinia earthquake of 23 November 1980. He has now been working in Apulia for almost 30 years, and boasts such major projects as the excavation and promotion of the castle and walls of Lecce, and the layout of the first Medieval museum in southern Italy at Muro Leccese, as well as study of the Apulian landscape and material culture from Byzantine to modern times.

Rachel Moss FSA is among designers of a new online course to explore the history of Ireland through the Book of Kells. ‘Every year,’ says Moss in a press release, ‘the campus of Trinity College Dublin fills with expectant visitors, keen to see the world famous Book of Kells for themselves. There are few experiences to beat the experience of gazing on these precious pages, and imagining who else has shared that privilege over the past 1,200 years.’ The massive open online course (MOOC) has been designed by academics from the School of Histories and Humanities, the School of Religion and staff from the Library. Using the Book of Kells as a window, the course will explore the landscape, history, theology, and politics of Early Medieval Ireland and how that past is understood in modern Ireland. The course starts on 8 October. Details online.

SAVE is updating its register for the 2019–2020 Buildings at Risk Catalogue, and invites contributions. In a statement, SAVE said it is principally looking for Grade II listed and unlisted historic buildings which are at risk, vacant and in need of a new use. ‘The buildings do not have to be for sale to be featured. We are also interested to hear about Grade I and II* listed buildings which are at risk, vacant and being marketed for sale. We welcome nominations, updated information and photographs for new and existing entries at any time.’ Send details and a photo to Liz Fuller, SAVE's Buildings at Risk Officer by Friday 7 December 2018, at Details online.
UNESCO has a Memory of the World Programme, which promotes the significance of written and audio-visual heritage. The project keeps two types of register, a series listing archives of national significance, and a single international list. On 18 September Matthew Lodge, UNESCO’s Minister and Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, announced additions to the registers. These included six inscriptions to join the 57 already listed on the UK Memory of the World Register (among them The Sir Robert Cotton’s Collection of Manuscripts, and Eton Choirbook, 1500–04), and six to the International Memory of the World Register. The latter, described in a press releases as ‘just as remarkable’ as the more heavily trumpeted UK items, include archives relating to Shakespeare, Newton, George Orwell and Gertrude Bell FSA. ‘Gertrude Bell,’ says the release, ‘had worked in the British administration of Iraq. This collection captures her perspective on the transitional period, from the countries in Europe and in the Ottoman Empire before World War I until 1926.’ Photo from the Gertrude Bell Archive at Newcastle University.

Neil Guy FSA has edited a Festschrift for Derek Renn FSA, Castles: History, Archaeology, Landscape, Architecture and Symbolism: Essays in Honour of Derek Renn, published by the Castle Studies Group. Most of the contributors are Fellows, and as well as Guy they include Rachel Swallow FSA, Pamela Marshall FSA, Robert Higham FSA, John Kenyon FSA, Jeremey Knight FSA, Peter Purton FSA, Tadhg O'Keeffe FSA, Neil Ludlow FSA, the late Rick Turner FSA, Anthony Emery FSA, Matthew H Johnson FSA and Philip Dixon FSA. The Festschrift will be launched at a conference on 13 October in London (see Other Heritage Events below).

Caesar's Footprints: Journeys to Roman Gaul, by Bijan Omrani FSA, has been shortlisted for the American Library in Paris Book Award 2018. The Award recognises the most distinguished book of the year on France in the English language. Caesar's Footprints, published in the UK, looks at the long-term cultural and material impact of the Roman conquest of Gaul. Writing in the Times Literary Supplement (6 March 2018), Greg Woolf FSA described the book as ‘a learned and romantic reflection on France’s Roman past, one suffused with affection for its present.’

Adrian Leak FSA has published Archbishop Benson’s Humming Top. During his time as a parish priest, says the blurb, Leak wrote many monthly ‘letters’ for the parish magazine. ‘His inspiration was the wide and colourful experience of life as a country parson, and the wish to share his reflections with non-believers as well as believers.’ The book contains 60 brief essays adapted from sermons and articles, some previously published in the Church Times, and follows his first collection, Nebuchadnezzar's Marmalade Pot.

‘The cultural, the arts programmes,’ replied Sir David Attenborough FSA when asked by Radio Times what BBC schedules lacked. ‘It’s not enough,’ he said, ‘simply to say, “Well, it doesn’t get a big enough audience.” If you’re a public service broadcaster, what you should be saying is, “We will show the broad spectrum of human interest.” People of all kinds should be catered for.’ ‘There are a lot of gaps in the BBC’s coverage now, in my view,' he added, 'and that’s because they are harried and badgered by all sorts of people.’ The BBC commented, in a statement, that arts and cultural programming in public service broadcasting was important, and that ‘no other [broadcaster] comes close to the BBC's commitment.’ ‘That said,’ it added, ‘we would love to do even more, which is why the BBC has said that we need to look at ways of increasing our income.’

Writing in the Art Newspaper (20 September), Anna Somers Cocks FSA reports that ‘A law is about to be passed in the UK Parliament that will allow an unprecedented threat to people’s human rights.’ A government-backed Bill, she says, ‘is being rushed through so that the UK can make a fine impression on 11–12 October at the major conference on illegal wildlife trade taking place in London.’ The Act would allow civilians (under police control) to enter someone’s home, ‘look for illegal ivory, break open containers, seize items and use “reasonable force".’ Supporters of the Bill, says Somers Cocks, ‘believe that if there is no trade in ivory in the UK, then the elephants will roam safe and free, but it is the trade in new ivory, in “bloody tusks”, that needs to be stopped, not the trade in old, worked ivory from elephants that died many, many years ago. There is next to no market for new ivory in the UK.’

Archaeologists in Print: Publishing for the People, by Amara Thornton FSA, is a history of popular archaeological publishing in the 19th and earlier 20th centuries. It examines, says the blurb, ‘how British archaeologists produced books and popular periodical articles for a non-scholarly audience, and explores the rise in archaeologists’ public visibility. Notably, it analyses women’s experiences in archaeology alongside better known male contemporaries.’ Thornton features several Fellows, among them Gertrude Bell FSA, Stanley Casson FSA, Percy Gardner FSA and David Hogarth FSA. Her entry for Dorothy Mackay FSA is brief, but she has since blogged to say she has learnt more. Dorothy Simmons, as she was born, married Ernest Mackay FSA, an archaeologist then working as an assistant to Flinders Petrie, in 1912. In the Society of Antiquaries Library, Thornton discovered that Dorothy had been Curator of the American University of Beirut Museum, and during World War Two an Assistant Curator at the Ashmolean. ‘Despite these finds,’ says Thornton, ‘the lack of published record of her life is an (unsurprising) tragedy, for a woman who worked to obtain two degrees, was a professional archaeologist for her entire working life, as well as a published author and museum curator.’ The book can be bought as a print copy, or downloaded as a PDF for free.
Karen Hearn FSA recommends an ‘excellent new exhibition’ at The Foundling Museum, Ladies of Quality & Distinction (closes 20 January 2019). The ladies in question signed, in 1735, Thomas Coram’s original petition to King George II calling for the establishment of the Foundling Hospital. Displayed together for the first time, paintings replace portraits of male governors in the Picture Gallery. ‘The paintings research,’ writes Hearn, ‘was carried out by my former colleague at Tate Britain, Elizabeth Einberg, whose knowledge of early-18th-century British art is unrivalled (and matched only by her modesty). The first part of the show, in the elegant first-floor gallery, strikingly recovers the images of the 21 noblewomen who signed the initial petition, most of whom are known now, if at all, merely as spouses. The downstairs section, meanwhile, explores the various practical roles taken by women in the early years of the Foundling Hospital. It’s extraordinarily illuminating – and enjoyable.’ The photo shows a detail of Isabella Duchess of Manchester, by Andrea Soldi (1738), Whitfield Fine Art.

Fellows Remembered

Terence Cocks FSA died on 19 September aged 89. He was elected a Fellow of the Society in May 2000. Felicity E L Cocks writes that her late husband ‘had been so delighted to be a FSA all these years.’
A native of Leicester and educated at Wyggeston Boys' School, Terence Y Cocks was a Lay Canon and Honorary Archivist of Leicester Cathedral. With interests in genealogy, church monuments and local history, he wrote church guides and articles about Leicester’s ecclesiastical history, including Trinity Hospital (1995, 2nd ed 2013) and A Cathedral for Leicester: How Leicester Got its Cathedral (2001), and was joint author (with Philip Lloyd) of Fifty Years – Thirteen Centuries: A History of the Church and Some Churchmen in Leicestershire (1976).
The photo shows his guide to St Mary Magdalen, Knighton (1968), for sale from Maynard & Bradley.

Alan Powers FSA has written an obituary for the Guardian (21 September) of David Watkin FSA, who died in August. Watkin, writes Powers, was ‘one of an influential group of rightwing dons at Peterhouse and, according to the philosopher Roger Scruton, who arrived at the college as a research fellow in 1969, “had been described to me as an evil reactionary, an enemy of social progress and enlightenment” … As readers of his survey books English Architecture (1979) and A History of Western Architecture (1986) will know, Watkin saw even medieval gothic as an “experiment”, an unfortunate detour from the true path.’ ‘If gothic,’ adds Powers, ‘was a detour, modernism was, for Watkin, with only minor exceptions, a catastrophe.’


The Wisdom of Fellows 

Robert Merrillees FSA, Julian Munby FSA and Lisa Wastling FSA were among those who responded to Mark Samuel FSA, who asked for help in identifying the source of an illustration of Herculaneum. It is from Voyage Pittoresque ou Description des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicile, by Abbé de Saint-Non (1781–86), the whole of which can be seen online in the Gallica of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Samuel’s plate (above) is View 48 (Vol 2, plate opposite page 21).

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 (

The next Ordinary Meeting of Fellows will take place after the summer break, on Thursday 4 October 2018. 

Introductory Tours for Fellows

If you've never visited Burlington House or had an introduction to the Library and Collections, please join an introductory tour. You'll meet the Society's staff, learn about your Fellowship benefits, and discover more from the collections at Burlington House. 

Forthcoming Public Events

Conferences and Seminars

Please note the library will be closed on Friday October 19th to facilitate the Postgraduate Open Day. 

Public Lectures

Public Lectures are held from 13.00 to 14.00 on Tuesdays, with advance booking advised to be sure of a place.
  • 15 October (Monday) - 'A re-discovered portrait of Charles Marsh FSA by L.F. Abbott from the 1790s: The image of the scholar, contesting antiquities and the Walpole circle', lecture by Prof Maurice Howard FSA
  • 23 October - 'The Prittlewell Prince: Life, Death and Belief in Anglo-Saxon England at the Time of St Augustine', lecture by Ian Blair & Prof Christopher Scull FSA
  • 6 November - 'Seeing Milton's Voice, or Illustrations to Paradise Lost; a social history of Great Britain', lecture by Prof Howard JM Hanley FSA

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? Events are not currently being organised, but you can sign-up to hear about future activities, here.

Welsh Fellows

  • 19 October 2018: Weekend visit to the Hereford area, staying in the Three Counties Hotel in Hereford and visiting places of historical and archaeological interest in the area. 
  • 18 January 2019: The Davies Family of Llandinam with its Burry Dock connection, by David Jenkins FSA
  • 11-13 October 2019: Weekend visit to the Pembrokeshire area. Programme to be arranged.
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

  • 29 November 2018: 'Surveying Shakespeare's Guildhall: a public building in pre-modern England' (Out of London Ordinary Meeting of Fellows, held in York). Find out more online.
Want to join the York Regional Fellows Group? If you would like to receive email updates about forthcoming meetings in York, sign-up here.

Other Heritage Events

2–5 October: International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences (Arras, France)
The 33rd in this conference series is on the theme of ‘Genealogy and Heraldry, between War and Peace.’ Speakers include Adrian Ailes FSA and Elizabeth Roads FSA. Details online.
4 October: Post-Excavation Assessment in Practice (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This will introduce recent guidance, 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. Details online.
6 October: Archaeology Live! Discoveries and Research from Lincolnshire and beyond (Lincoln)
A conference organised by the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology to be held at Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School. Speakers include Andrew Fitzpatrick FSA (Keynote Address on Julius Caesar in Britain), Tim Allen FSA, Adam Daubney FSA, Kevin Leahy FSA and James Wright FSA. Details online.
8 October: Maqdala 1868: Ethiopian Treasures at the V&A (London)
A talk by Alexandra Jones, Curator, V&A Museum, in a monthly series given by curators, academics, and PhD researchers between September 2018 and May 2019 in the Virginia Woolf Building, King's College. A new PhD-led research group, Exploring the Institutionalisation of Archaeology, is examining the historical and contemporary intersections between archaeology, museums, and collections, hoping to bring to light hidden histories which shaped the discipline of archaeology. Details online.
11 October: Thomas Cromwell – A Definitive Account (London)
Diarmaid MacCulloch FSA will give a talk to mark the publication of his biography of Thomas Cromwell. The subject of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, Cromwell carried through the break with the Church of Rome, the Dissolution of the Monasteries and many other changes in the 1530s. The talk will be given in St Mary's Church, Putney, where he received his religious education. Details online.
11 October: Spotlight on a Royal Dinner Service (Aylesbury)
Pippa Shirley, Head of Gardens and Collections at Waddesdon Manor, will be hosting a Spotlight session focused on Waddesdon’s magnificent silver dinner service. Guests are invited to imagine themselves dining with the King, as they explore this most fashionable dining set commissioned by George III in 1774. Details online.
11 October: Archbishop Bancroft and Witchcraft (London)
Some of Archbishop Bancroft’s remarkable collection of printed tracts relating to witchcraft are currently among the highlights of the Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition, Spellbound. This talk in Lambeth Palace by Clive Holmes will discuss the presentation of these rare pamphlets, their style, and the substance of the accounts they contain, particularly in comparison with the case files from the Essex Assize Courts. Details online.

12 October: The Medieval Royal Family: Piety and Commemoration (London)
Henry III, one of the longest-reigning monarchs in English history, was reputed to be a devout and god-fearing man. His devotion to Edward the Confessor led him to rebuild Westminster Abbey, and rebury the saint in a lavish tomb which survives today. Fascinating documents held at the National Archives detail both these endeavours. David Carpenter, Ann Williams and Sally Badham FSA will discuss the two kings and their reputations for piety, as well as Edward’s tomb in the context of the Abbey and medieval monuments, at the National Archives, Kew. Details online.
12 October: Recording Britain’s Past (London)
The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme has recorded over 1.3 million finds – each one a unique discovery made by a member of the public. This conference celebrates 15 years of the Scheme, with a day of discussion and debate exploring how the PAS is advancing knowledge, sharing information about the past, encouraging best practice and supporting museum acquisitions of Treasure and other finds. Speakers include Faye Minter FSA and Adam Daubney FSA, with panel discussions led by Carenza Lewis FSA, Mike Heyworth FSA, Helen Geake FSA and Gail Boyle FSA; Barry Cunliffe FSA, Kevin Leahy FSA, Amanda Chadburn FSA, Sam Moorhead FSA, Tim Pestell FSA and Julia Farley FSA are among the panellists. Details online.
13 October: Castle Studies: Current Research and the Future (London)
A conference organised by the Castle Studies Group to be held at the Society of Antiquaries will honour Derek Renn FSA, author of Norman Castles in Britain (1969/1973), and launch a Festschrift, Castles: History, Archaeology, Landscape and Architecture, edited by Neil Guy FSA. Speakers include Oliver Creighton FSA, Bob Higham FSA, Brian Kerr FSA, Neil Ludlow FSA and Pamela Marshall FSA. Details online.

15 October: Finds for the Dead in Roman London and Beyond (London)
A conference jointly organised by the Museum of London, Museum of London Archaeology and the Roman Finds Group will be held at the Museum of the London Docklands, currently featuring The Roman Dead exhibition. Twelve speakers will describe finds from the city and cemeteries of Roman London, as well as important objects from funerary contexts elsewhere in Britain. Details online, or contact Stephen Greep FSA at
18 October: The Broch and the Empire: Re-assessing the Work at Leckie, Stirlingshire, in the 1970s (Glasgow)
Euan MacKie will talk about brochs and the Roman Empire at the Glasgow Archaeological Society. Details online.
20 October: Design and Destiny: Arts and Crafts of the Iron Age (Lewes)
A conference organised by the Sussex Archaeological Society to explore the Iron Age through its artefacts. Speakers will bring varied perspectives on artefact research to enlarge our understanding of social influences and the economics of trade and exchange in this period. Speakers will include Jody Joy FSA, Julia Farley FSA, Melanie Giles FSA, Jaime Kaminski FSA and John Creighton FSA. Details online, or contact the organiser, Lorna Gartside,
23 October: Handmade in Hammersmith: Embroidery Workshop (London)
An all-day embroidery workshop in the Coach House at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith (former home of William Morris FSA). Learn to embroider in the art needlework style pioneered by Morris and his family. Sally Roberson will show examples of embroidery from the William Morris Society’s collections and introduce a variety of needlework stitches, and you will choose and begin to work a design inspired by an original May Morris embroidery. Details online.

23 October: ‘A man of stomach’: Matthew Parker's reputation (London)
David Crankshaw speaks at an event held at Lambeth Palace in association with the University of London seminar on the Religious History of Britain 1500–1800. Crankshaw, co-author of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry for Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury (1504–75), is an expert on the English Reformation and the Elizabethan Church. Details online.
24 October: Artefacts and Ecofacts in and out of the Field (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This will provide expert guidance on how key artefacts and ecofacts can contribute to interpretation of archaeological sites, and good practice in sampling and collection. The course is designed for supervisors, project officers and junior managers with responsibility for running excavations, and those new to specialist artefact and ecofact roles. Details online.
25 October: Matters Overlooked: Straightening out the Story of the Reformation (London)
A lecture by Diarmaid MacCulloch FSA to mark the third year of the AHRC-funded project Remembering the Reformation, a collaboration between historians and literary scholars which aims to investigate how the Reformations were remembered, forgotten, contested and re-invented. The project’s digital exhibition includes some of the many treasures of the Cambridge University Library, York Minster Library and Lambeth Palace Library. Some of the Lambeth items that feature in this exhibition will be on display, together with associated material relating to the Reformation. Details online.
27 October: Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts (London)
The AHRC Heritage Priority Area and RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust are holding a one-day conference at UCL Institute of Archaeology. This is one of a series of activities drawing together academics, civil servants, private and professional bodies, and civil society organisations to address challenges and uncertainty from changing policies. The aim is to connect researchers, practitioners and policy-makers involved in the arts, culture, heritage and the natural/historic environment around key areas of shared concern. Confirmed speakers include Duncan McCallum FSA, Gail Boyle FSA, Gill Chitty FSA, Jude Plouviez FSA and Taryn Nixon FSA. Details online.
29 October: The Last Great Demidoff Sale of Paintings (London)
In the bicentenary of Richard Wallace’s birth, the Wallace Collection is focusing on collecting in London and Paris in the later 19th century. In a series of Monday History of Collecting Seminars organised by Suzanne Higgott FSA, Alexandre Tissot Demidoff (Independent scholar) will speak about the last great Demidoff sale. Details online.
30 October: Long before Brexit: Reflections on Cross-Channel Connections between the Fifth and Second Millennia BC (Bournemouth)
The Second Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture held In association with the Prehistoric Society will be given by Alison Sheridan FSA at the Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, on the subject of cross-channel relations between Britain and France during the Neolithic and early Bronze Age. Details online.
30 October: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessments (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This 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). Details online.
3 November: Dawn: From our Earliest Ancestors to the Hunter-Gatherers of the Mesolithic (Southampton)
The Council for British Archaeology Wessex's 60th Anniversary Conference is to be co-hosted with the University of Southampton’s Department of Archaeology in collaboration with the Prehistoric Society, and will be held at the Highfield Campus. Speakers include Nick Ashton FSA, Vince Gaffney FSA, Steve Mithen FSA, Beccy Scott FSA, Julian Richards FSA, Roland Smith FSA and Chris Stringer FSA. Phil Harding FSA will chair a session, and Alice Roberts will give the keynote lecture. Details online.

5 November: Gothic Histories: Howard Carter and The Tomb of Tut-ankh-Amun (London)
A talk by Eleanor Dobson, Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Literature, University of Birmingham, in a monthly series given by curators, academics, and PhD researchers in the Virginia Woolf Building, King's College. A new PhD-led research group, Exploring the Institutionalisation of Archaeology, is examining the historical and contemporary intersections between archaeology, museums, and collections, hoping to bring to light hidden histories which shaped the discipline of archaeology. Details online.
6 November: Archaeologists and Treasure Hunters on the Tigris (London)
Gül Pulhan will give a British Institute at Ankara talk at the British Academy. She leads a salvage excavation in the province of Batman, and will describe the efforts of the Batman, Mardin and Diyarbakır regional archaeology museums to protect archaeological heritage by conducting scientific excavations, producing exhibitions, raising awareness and undertaking educational programmes for children and adults. Details online.
10 November: Structured Deposits: Definitions, Developments and Debates (Chertsey)
A conference organised jointly by CBA South-East and the Surrey Archaeological Society will examine how our understanding and uses of the concept of ‘structured deposition’ have developed during the last 30 years, resulting in a perceived tendency for over-use and ‘ritual’ interpretations in analysis. Research from prehistoric to Medieval times will be considered, revealing new discoveries from southern England. Speakers will include Jon Cotton FSA, Mike Fulford FSA and Sam Moorhead FSA. Details online, or contact the organiser, Anne Sassin,

12 November: Spencer House and the Birth of the Neo-Classical Interior (London)
Presented by Adriano Aymonino FSA, Director of Undergraduate Programmes in the Department of History of Art at the University of Buckingham, this lecture at Spencer House, St James’s Place, will focus on the birth of the Neo-Classical interior through the work of James ‘Athenian’ Stuart at Spencer House, and will offer visitors a rare glimpse into this impressive venue. Details online.
15 November: Archaeological Writing for Publication (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This will introduce standard published reports produced by archaeologists, and how a report is planned. It will then focus on stratigraphic narrative and discussion, with a critical review of examples, to identify common mistakes and how to avoid them. We will also look at the special requirements of writing in a professional and academic context. Details online.

24 November: Heritage and Resources in Southeast England (Lewes)
An interdisciplinary conference involving aspects of geology, archaeology and local history. Speakers will include Danielle Schreve FSA and David Rudling FSA. For details contact the organiser Anthony Brook,

25–26 November: Lives in Book Trade History: Changing Contours of Research over 40 Years (London)
In celebration of the 40th year of the Annual Conference on Book Trade History, this year's event at Stationers’ Hall will explore some of the most important themes and developments in this field through the eyes and experience of some of its most widely respected exponents. Leading authorities will discuss their engagement with book trade history, looking back over their own work to identify the significant influences upon them and changes in focus and research methods over time. Speakers include MIrjam Foot FSA, Christopher de Hamel FSA, David McKitterick FSA, Robin Myers FSA and Dennis Rhodes FSA. Details online.
26 November: Sir William Holburne's Display Mounts (London)
In the bicentenary of Richard Wallace’s birth, the Wallace Collection is focusing on collecting in London and Paris in the later 19th century. In a series of Monday History of Collecting Seminars organised by Suzanne Higgott FSA, Catrin Jones (Curator of Decorative Arts, Holburne Museum, Bath) will speak on Piecing Together a Collection: Sir William Holburne's Display Mounts. Details online.
28–30 November: Public Inquiry Workshop (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This is a practical workshop designed to improve the performance of anyone who might be called to participate in a Public Inquiry concerned with the historic environment. A mock Public Inquiry will be mounted using a genuine case study, with training for potential witnesses. Details online.

3 December: Ancient Sculpture and the Narrative of Collecting: Legacy and Identity in Museum Display (London)
A talk by Nicole Cochrane, PhD Student, University of Hull, in a monthly series given by curators, academics, and PhD researchers in the Virginia Woolf Building, King's College. A new PhD-led research group, Exploring the Institutionalisation of Archaeology, is examining the historical and contemporary intersections between archaeology, museums, and collections, hoping to bring to light hidden histories which shaped the discipline of archaeology. Details online.
6 December: Commissioning Archaeology (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This is designed for non-archaeologists who need to work with archaeology within the design and construction process, including architects, surveyors, engineers and other design professionals, planners, and project managers and developers. Details online.

10 December: The Picture Collection of Stephen Alers Hankey (London)
In the bicentenary of Richard Wallace’s birth, the Wallace Collection is focusing on collecting in London and Paris in the later 19th century. In a series of Monday History of Collecting Seminars organised by Suzanne Higgott FSA, Robert Wenley (Deputy Director, Head of Collections, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham) will speak on ‘Rare and Most Magnificent’: The Picture Collection of Stephen Alers Hankey (1809-1878). Details online.

13–14 December: Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms (London)
The British Library is hosting an international conference with 22 leading experts in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts to coincide with its Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition (19 October–19 February 2019). Keynote lectures will be given by Lawrence Nees FSA, University of Delaware, and Julia Crick, King’s College London. Confirmed speakers include Catherine Karkov FSA, Simon Keynes FSA, Rosamond McKitterick FSA, Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Susan Rankin FSA, Joanna Story FSA, Elaine Treharne FSA and Tessa Webber FSA. Details online.

14–15 December: Interpreting and Preserving the Cultural Heritage (York)
A conference in honour of David Park FSA’s contribution to the study and preservation of Medieval art, at King’s Manor, University of York. Christopher Norton FSA and Sharon Cather FSA are keynote speakers, and other speakers include Jessica Barker FSA, Michael Carter FSA, Anna Eavis, Eric Fernie FSA, Sandy Heslop FSA, Francesca Piqué, Stephen Rickerby, Lisa Shekede, Géraldine Victoir, Paul Williamson FSA and Christopher Wilson FSA. Contact Michael Carter FSA at online.

28 January 2019: Domenico Brucciani and the Formation of Museums of Classical Archaeology (London)
A talk by Rebecca Wade, Assistant Curator for Sculpture, Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds, in a monthly series given by curators, academics, and PhD researchers in the Virginia Woolf Building, King's College. A new PhD-led research group, Exploring the Institutionalisation of Archaeology, is examining the historical and contemporary intersections between archaeology, museums, and collections, hoping to bring to light hidden histories which shaped the discipline of archaeology. Details online.
18 February 2019: Plaster Casts, Restoration, and the Interpretation of Classical Sculpture (London)
A talk by Emma Payne, King's College London, in a monthly series given by curators, academics, and PhD researchers in the Virginia Woolf Building, King's College. A new PhD-led research group, Exploring the Institutionalisation of Archaeology, is examining the historical and contemporary intersections between archaeology, museums, and collections, hoping to bring to light hidden histories which shaped the discipline of archaeology. Details online.
March 2019 (date TBC): Museums and Decolonisation (London)
A talk by Alice Procter, Independent Tour Guide, in a monthly series given by curators, academics, and PhD researchers in the Virginia Woolf Building, King's College. A new PhD-led research group, Exploring the Institutionalisation of Archaeology, is examining the historical and contemporary intersections between archaeology, museums, and collections, hoping to bring to light hidden histories which shaped the discipline of archaeology. Details online.
April 2019 (date TBC): Scripting Spadework: Publishing Archaeology in the Late 19th and early 20th Centuries (London)
A talk by Amara Thornton FSA, Honorary Research Associate, UCL, the last in a monthly series given by curators, academics, and PhD researchers in the Virginia Woolf Building, King's College. A new PhD-led research group, Exploring the Institutionalisation of Archaeology, is examining the historical and contemporary intersections between archaeology, museums, and collections, hoping to bring to light hidden histories which shaped the discipline of archaeology. Details online.

Call for Papers

A Matter of Access – Collections and their Availability to a Public (Toronto)
Adriana Turpin FSA and Susan Bracken FSA have been organising monthly research seminars since 2004 on the subject of collecting and display. They are proposing the topic of A Matter of Access – Collections and their Availability to a Public, for the Renaissance Society of America Conference in Toronto in March 2019. If you would like to give a paper, please contact for full details.

Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust (GGAT) is seeking a new Chair.

The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust (GGAT) is a charitable company with the stated object of educating the public in archaeology. The Trust provides strategic and development control advice to twelve unitary local authorities in south Wales, advises a wide range of other statutory bodies, maintains the Historic Environment Record for the area, carries out outreach in the communities of south Wales, and undertakes archaeological work under contract. The Trust currently employs twenty-two staff, has a cohort of long and short-term volunteers, and a budgeted turnover for 2018-2019 of £785,000.
GGAT is seeking a new Chair to provide leadership to the Board of Trustees in developing the strategic direction of the Trust to ensure that it can continue to deliver its object effectively at a time of potential challenge and change.
Further details including a full job description and person specification can be found at (
Interested candidates are warmly invited to submit a CV with a short covering statement of why they are interested in the role, and to submit these by 31 October 2018. Interviews are likely to be held in Swansea in mid-November. Advice on methods of application submission is also provided at the above link.


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.


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