Salon: Issue 356
18 January 2016
Next issue: 1 February 2016
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From the Desk of the General Secretary
Happy New Year! What's Ahead in 2016
We are delighted to announce that we have successfully acquired the stunning â€˜Homestead and the Forestâ€™ childâ€™s cot quilt, designed by William Morrisâ€™s daughter May, through generous donations from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Victoria and Albert Purchase Grant Fund, private individuals and Friends of Kelmscott Manor. Having been in private hands for over 70 years, it will now have a permanent home at Kelmscott Manor, where visitors returning to the Manor in 2016 will be able to view it again this year. The Society will be issuing a formal press release later this week. Anyone wanting to know more about this unique object is encouraged to watch our 2015 Christmas Miscellany lecture by Dr Kathy Haslam, Visitor Experience Manager at the Manor.
Building upon the success of our past two summer exhibitions at Burlington House (Portraying the Past in 2014 and Magna Carta Through the Ages in 2015), we are continuing our commitment to increasing public access to our collections with a few new public events this year. Later this week, coinciding with the 19 January public lecture, we will hold the first of our regularly scheduled public tours of Burlington House. Fellow Anthony Davis is leading public tours (1.5 hours long) for us this spring, showcasing our historic apartments and the objects on display, and sharing the history and ongoing legacy of the Society of Antiquaries of London. More information is available at www.sal.org.uk/tours.
Additionally, we are planning to open up the Society for three 'Museum Lates' (evening events) in June, July and August, devoting a theme to each event focusing on the history and development of the Society from its origins during the Age of the Enlightenment, to the impact on the development of the field of archaeology and other relevant disciplines, to the work it does today in recording, researching and sharing important new discoveries on the material remains of the past. The events will combine formal displays with informal object handling, performances, demonstrations and learning opportunities. More information will be made available as the dates near, but we hope you will all support us with these events either by promoting them to your family and friends, or by attending them with your family and friends.
The Wrong Sort of Waterlogging
Severe floods over the Christmas and New Year period caused dreadful, continuing problems for many people in the north and west of Britain. Inevitably some of the casualties were historic structures.
The north jetty of Birnbeck Pier, in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, collapsed into the Bristol Channel. The Grade II-listed pier â€“ said to be the only one in Britain to lead to an island â€“ opened in 1867. It closed in 1994, and members of the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust had recently launched a campaign to save it.
In Scotland the Cambus O'May suspension footbridge over the River Dee (1905) was mangled (photo at top Aberdeen Press and Journal). In Yorkshire a Grade II-listed stone bridge (early 18th century/19th century) collapsed into the River Wharfe in Tadcaster, caught dramatically in a video (the cost of repairs has been estimated at Â£3 million), and a Grade II-listed toll-bridge in Copley (1831) was washed away by the River Calder.
Most poignantly for many Fellows, in York the Jorvik Viking Centre â€“ a pioneering museum in a basement below the Coppergate Shopping Centre, displaying remains preserved by waterlogging which I wrote about in the previous Salon â€“ was itself submerged, causing â€˜major damageâ€™. The York Archaeological Trust describes the impact in a short post on its website.
â€˜When we first became aware of water leaking into the attraction,â€™ wrote Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions, â€˜we immediately transported all of the historic artefacts within Jorvik up to the first floor, and they have now been moved off-site to a safe location. However, around half of the attraction was currently submerged, with water under the raised floor upon which the remainder sits. We are devastated by the scale of the water incursion in what, until now had been a watertight basement.â€™
While other attractions owned and managed by The Jorvik Group in York remain open to the public, and plans remain in place for the 32nd Jorvik Viking Festival in February, the Viking Centre is closed until further notice. Developments will be noted on the Trust's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Farewell Neil MacGregor
Neil MacGregor FSA
left the British Museum in December. At a goodbye do in the Great Court, he reminisced
about arriving in 2002, an art historian and former Director of the National Gallery, with little knowledge of archaeology. Curators, he said, told him repeatedly that unrecognisable artefacts were â€˜probably votiveâ€™.
â€˜Eventuallyâ€™, he said, â€˜I realised that â€œvotiveâ€ means something very precious that was found in a bog in Norfolk.â€™
The Burlington Magazine
, which he edited in the 1980s, described his gifts to the Museum as bringing â€˜an intellectual rigour to its high standards of display â€¦ aimed at the widest possible audienceâ€™, and identifying its real challenges as not collecting things, but â€˜how to engage with the world in new and more far-reaching waysâ€™. The week of his retirement, the Museum posted a video on YouTube
of its former director touring the 2014 exhibition, Germany: Memories of a Nation
On his last day at the Museum, he spoke to BBC Radio 4â€™s Front Row
about his final acquisition (â€˜He wasnâ€™t interested in valedictory interviews,â€™ said presenter John Wilson), a wooden cross made on the Italian island of Lampedusa, where nearly 350 people drowned in 2013 seeking to escape oppression in Africa. The cross, Jill Cook FSA
told Wilson, was made by local carpenter Francesco Tuccio with wood from the wrecked boat. As impressive for the astuteness of its selection as its sad, evocative beauty, it is Neil MacGregorâ€™s 101st object. â€˜It allowsâ€™, he said, â€˜people who donâ€™t have a voice to speak.â€™
He will be advising the Humboldt Forum in Berlin (The Independent
described the move as â€˜quitting while youâ€™re aheadâ€™, something every 69-year-old likes to hear). His presence here will remain strong, however. He will be working with the Museum on a 2017 BBC Radio 4 series, with a book and an exhibition â€“ featuring the Lampedusa Cross â€“ on faith and society. MacGregorâ€™s successor, Hartwig Fischer
, starts in the spring.
Talking about Coins in 18th-Century London
Hugh Pagan FSA
has been reading the Societyâ€™s Minute Books. No ordinary records, the series begins on 5 February 1717/18, when antiquarians met in the Mitre Tavern in Fleet Street to show each other Exhibits. Paganâ€™s interest is in numismatics. He sets out the results of his studies in â€˜The role of the Society of Antiquaries of London in the advancement of numismatic research during the 18th centuryâ€™, in a conference proceedings published in Vienna.
â€˜What you should visualiseâ€™, he writes, â€˜is a second floor room lit by tallow candles, in which a small number of middle-aged men â€“ minor government officials, lawyers, clergymen, medical practitioners, merchants in the City of London, and an occasional aristocrat or country landowner â€“ sat round the tavernâ€™s circular table and passed from hand to hand the coins, medals or other objects brought as exhibits that particular Thursday evening. The selection of exhibits seems only very occasionally to have been pre-arranged before the meeting, and it is clear from the minute books that the quality of the comments made at the meeting depended almost entirely on who was present.â€™
The Society possessed many foreign honorary members from 1736 onwards, but, he says, â€˜the evidence for intellectual contact between the Society and numismatic scholars working on the European Continent is extremely scanty.â€™ Why was this?
Partly, Pagan decides, because the Societyâ€™s periodical Archaeologia
, which first appeared in 1770, carried few articles about coins, and what was there was mostly British â€“ small incentive for Continental numismatists to submit reports. Neither did William Stukeley help. His The Medallic History of Marcus Aurelius Valerius Carausius, Emperor in Britain
was published in two volumes in 1757â€“59. Thanks to his collecting contacts, Stukeley had access to more of Carausiusâ€™ coins than the French scholar Claude Genebrier, whose book on the emperor had been published in 1740. However, says Pagan, â€˜Genebrierâ€™s book is better than Stukeleyâ€™s in almost every other respect.â€™
Nonetheless, coins were much discussed by the Society in the 18th century. â€˜Between 1719 and 1753â€™, writes Pagan, â€˜there were some 630 exhibits of coins and medals at Society meetings, involving the display of well over 1000 individual coins and medals. In 1725, the peak year for numismatic exhibits, coins or medals were shown at 31 of the Societyâ€™s weekly meetings â€¦
at least 150 coins and medals must have been passed round the table at the Mitre Tavern.â€™ Pagan appends a detailed list of those who exhibited, spoke on or wrote about items of numismatic interest at Society meetings between 1718 and 1800.
Numismatik und Geldgeschichte im Zeitalter der AufklÃ¤rung
(Numismatics and Monetary History in the Age of Enlightenment: Contributions to a Symposium in Dresden Castle, May 2009), was published by the Austrian Numismatic Society in 2015. The volume is edited by Heinz Winter and Bernhard Woytek FSA
, and also contains articles by Andrew Burnett FSA
(â€˜The development of numismatics in Britain during the 18th centuryâ€™), David Dykes FSA
(â€˜The 18th-century British trade token: the contemporary cataloguesâ€™) and Robert Thompson FSA
(â€˜Thomas Snelling, senior (1712â€“1773), and other scholarly coin dealersâ€™).
Image from the Courtauld Institute of Art
Big Freeze Postponed
Matt Edgeworth FSA, an archaeologist at the University of Leicester, is among authors of a Science paper published in January, â€˜The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holoceneâ€™ (lead author is C.N. Waters at the British Geological Survey). Edgworth was lead author of other articles about the Anthropocene in 2015 and 2014.
argument is that impact of human activity on Earth has become strong enough for a new geologic time unit â€“ the Anthropocene â€“ to be recognised, as successor to the Holocene. The authors list a series of more or less simultaneous markers in the stratigraphic record to show how dramatic and visible the change is: the appearance of manufactured materials in sediments, including aluminium, plastics, and concrete; global spikes in fallout radionuclides and particulates from fossil fuel combustion; carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles substantially modified; rates of sea-level rise and the extent of human perturbation of the climate system exceeding Late Holocene changes; and biotic changes including species invasions worldwide and accelerating rates of extinction.
In a separate study published in Nature
, and in keeping with the notion of a geologic era determined by people, German scientists calculate that human-induced global warming saw off the start of an ice age at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and that even moderate carbon dioxide emissions will postpone the next ice age by at least 100,000 years. Scientific gossip
seems supportive of this spectacular interference with the Milankovitch cycles.
The Andrew Sherratt Fund
After the death of Andrew Sherratt FSA
in 2006 a memorial fund was established by the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, to support international scholarship, particularly for those at the start of their careers. The fund's purpose is to assist postgraduate students in Old World Prehistory, from academic institutions anywhere in the world, to travel or gain access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
The Department of Archaeology invites applications for grants from the Fund for use in 2016, for amounts up to Â£1,000
. Applications should be received by the deadline of 29 January 2016, using a form
which can be found online at the university website or accessed directly.
Decisions on the award of grants will be made by 29 February and successful applicants notified shortly after; grants should be spent by 31 December 2016. Recipients will be required to submit a short report on their project by the end of January 2017.
Anglo-Israel Annual Travel Grants
The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society is offering a limited number of travel grants In 2016 (each valued at up to Â£500) to students of archaeology and related subjects who wish to excavate or undertake archaeological research in Israel. The closing date for applications is Friday 4 March 2016. Write for an application form to the Executive Secretary at Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, 2nd Floor, Supreme House, 300 Regents Park Road, London N3 2JX, or e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms may also be downloaded from the AIAS website.
Several Fellows contacted Salon about a TV series broadcast in the UK by Channel 5 called Battlefield Recovery. â€˜I do think the Society should make its voice heard on this so-called archaeology â€œdocumentaryâ€â€™, wrote Julian Bennett FSA, from Bilkent University, Ankara.
Salon is a news digest focussing on Fellowsâ€™ activities. It is not journalism (it fields no investigative reporters), and it is not an official voice for Society policy. It expresses opinions reflecting Society values, but unless specifically noted as such, it is not to be read as stating Society positions. No Fellows were involved in the making of Battlefield Recovery. But it demands a report.
Battlefield Recovery was made by ClearStory for the National Geographic Channel (now owned by Fox Cable Networks, not the National Geographic Society) with the title Nazi War Diggers. Previews in 2014 attracted sufficient criticism, it seems, that Nat Geo pulled it before broadcast, as, later, did the History Channel. Discovery/Channel 5 picked it up and gave it a more subtle title. C5 broadcast the first of four films on 9 January, the second on the 16th, and will show the third on the 23rd. They can be seen online.
In the films, four men â€“ â€˜the teamâ€™, identified only as Craig (apparently American or Canadian) and Adrian, Chris and Stephen (apparently British) â€“ go in search of â€˜less well-known and well-documented battlefields of World War Twoâ€™s bloody Eastern Front.â€™ They take metal detectors and spades, hire excavating machines, and dig for buried structures, relics and human remains. â€˜Millions of soldiers and their weapons still lie rotting undergroundâ€™, says one of the team. Their mission is to find them.
ClearStory knows it is dealing with difficult stuff. â€˜The production team, cast and the local organizations we worked withâ€™, it says, â€˜made these films for a positive purpose â€“ to recover battlefield artifacts, hand over excavated items to authorities for safe keeping and bury the dead with honour.â€™ Itâ€™s a controversial subject, said the Mail on Sunday giving the broadcast four stars, which the series â€˜aims to treat â€¦ with sensitivityâ€™.
Does it succeed? Battlefield Recovery, said archaeologist Francis Pryor FSA after the first broadcast, â€˜defames the good name of archaeology. Itâ€™s about greed and acquisition and has NOTHING to do with the patient search for fresh insights into the past.â€™ Objection to C5â€™s broadcasts, voiced by among others the Council for British Archaeology and Archaeosoup Productions, and in The Guardian by battlefield archaeologist Tony Pollard, did not stop them. But the complaints did, it seems, worry the broadcaster. The second film is peppered with flashes of qualifying text that look like responses to specific criticisms.
Within the first two minutes we read that:
â€˜The stories filmed for this series portray elements of excavations undertaken over several weeks.â€™
â€˜The team was supervised at all times by internationally recognised, licensed organisations, working in accordance with local laws, landowner permissions and government permits.â€™
Later we see this:
â€˜This work is not archaeology. It is battlefield recovery. All finds were documented, preserved and offered to local museums. Recovered combatants were buried with due honour by war graves commissions.â€™
And, as a Hidromek backhoe loader rips into the ground, this:
â€˜These sequences reflect longer excavations within the permit boundaries. data on finds and position have been recorded and protected.â€™
Unfortunately, these warnings serve to emphasise that no one involved in the project understands what â€˜archaeologyâ€™ is, or why digging up unidentified war graves without forensic skills or supervision is unacceptable. No â€˜internationally recognised, licensed organisationsâ€™ have been named, no recording equipment has been seen and no description of what modern battlefield archaeology actually does has been aired. The evidence of the films belies the textual qualifications.
An apparent editorial change in the second film might suggest that ClearStory knows such warnings have come too late. In an online clip that could be seen when Nazi War Diggers was due to be broadcast in 2014, there was a scene where the men found human remains. â€˜Donâ€™t snap anything or break anything,â€™ advised one, as a colleague tried to match a leg bone against his arm. Archaeologists commented on this. We see more of the same excavation in C5â€™s second film. The human anatomy fail has been cut.
It could have been worse. The team are boys having fun, running about making explosion noises, bragging about their investigative skills, excited about the quest. (â€˜A decomposing bodyâ€™, says Adrian at one point, â€˜improves the soilâ€™. But plant growth misleads them, and there is no find. â€˜No body, nothing,â€™ says Chris. â€˜Gutted.â€™) Like detectorists in the UK, what motivates them is the thrill of engaging with the past â€“ of being on the spot where something happened, of holding objects held by people like them who have become part of history.
They enjoy the artefacts, but their prime motivation is not to accumulate their own collections. They do not hope to get rich from their discoveries. There are undoubtedly people who dig up stuff to sell, often knowing they are breaking the law. In 2014, in one search on eBay I found over 100 corroded German World War Two identification tags for sale, 37 of them from Latvia, where Battlefield Recovery takes place (you to have pause to take that in: any one of those tags could have been an individual, easily identified, lost). As presented in these films, Adrian, Chris, Craig and Stephen would not do that; they are not, it seems, plundering graves for money.
On the face of it, it would be unhelpful to accuse these men of being driven by â€˜greed and acquisitionâ€™ (pace Pryor). However it must be right to say they are deeply naÃ¯ve. They would learn much from, and share many interests with, professional battlefield archaeologists. The filmsâ€™ makers and broadcasters have a responsibility to society, the dead and the living, to listen properly to reasoned objections. Filming the excavation of unknown bodies purely for profit or entertainment is not something anyone should condone in the 21st century.
John Lewis FSA, the Societyâ€™s General Secretary who had not seen the programmes, told Salon before the broadcasts that â€˜if all the claims are true then the Society does not approve of this sort of activity and it contravenes our Statement of Values.â€™ The story is being covered by a London-based website, the PipeLine. Salon would be interested to hear your views, whether or not you are a Fellow.
Return to Udal
The Udal peninsula, North Uist, was the site of excavations by the late Iain Crawford which several archaeological Fellows will remember. He discovered a huge, significant landscape of domestic, funerary and ritual behaviour dating from around 3000 BC to modern times. The work, writes Beverley Ballin Smith FSA, â€˜acquired mythical status because Crawford only publicised the most spectacular elements, but gave little information away. He discouraged site visits and deterred researchersâ€™ enquiries. At the end he found the task of writing up overwhelming.â€™
Crawfordâ€™s family asked Ballin Smith to look after the archives and publish the fieldwork, returning the finds to the Western Isles. Mark Hall FSA writes with the latest results of the Udal Project.
Although Crawford trial-trenched on the west coast of the peninsula in the 1960s, says Hall, he identified it as a Bronze Age burial site only in 1974 due to the effects of coastal erosion, and achieved total exaction in the 1980s. â€˜Today, the location of the site is hard to identify as it has been completely removed by the sea. At the time of excavation the kerbed burial cairn was identified as a new type of Scottish monument, but this was the latest of a series of structures present on the site. The full analysis of the structures is currently being undertaken, but it would seem that domestic buildings and those of ritual purpose interwove from the later Neolithic period and into the Bronze Age.
â€˜There are shades of the Knap of Howar in Orkney in the positioning of two Late Neolithic buildings side by side, with evidence of surrounding middens and cultivation. However, a possible mortuary structure and standing stone replaced the earlier buildings when blown shell sand covered them and the surrounding fields. Only later, after further accumulation of sand and the digging and rapid backfilling of many large pits, was the kerbed cairn constructed around a cist that contained a well-preserved human skeleton.
â€˜Teasing the story from hand-written, pre-computerised notes is not easy, but enough of the evidence remains to interpret the story and the accompanying finds and samples.â€™
The photo shows archaeologists and volunteers working in bare feet on the fragile sands, excavating pits and midden areas.
News of Fellows
Hilda Gaddum (nee Scott) writes to say that her uncle, The Rev. John Scott FSA (elected in 1944), died on 2 December 2015 at the age of 99. There will be a memorial service at his old school, Forest School, Snaresbrook, on 22 January. Contact Hilda Gaddum at email@example.com for details.
Patricia Rieff Anawalt FSA, founding director of the Center for the Study of Regional Dress at the Fowler Museum, UCLA, died on 2 October 2015 at the age of 91. Norman Hammond FSA writes that the four-volume edition of the Codex Mendoza, prepared with Frances Berdan (1992, 1997) is her â€˜greatest monument, but The World-Wide History of Dress (2007) is a magisterial synthesisâ€™.
Christopher Brooke FSA, Dixie Professor Emeritus of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, died peacefully at home on 27 December 2015. For correspondence or details of their fatherâ€™s funeral, which will be held at 1pm on Monday 18 January in the Chapel of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or Dr Patrick Brooke, 12 Hertford St, Cambridge CB4 3AG.
Ian Coulson FSA, educator and archaeologist, died in December and David Wilson FSA, lecturer and archaeologist, died in January. Appreciations appear below.
Two distinguished Fellows appeared in the New Year Honours lists 2016:
Sir Roy Strong FSA
received a Companion of Honour for his outstanding contribution to UK cultural life (heading the list of â€˜well-known namesâ€™ in the Cabinet Office press release). â€˜The youngest ever director of the National Portrait Gallery,â€™ reads the full citation, â€˜he transformed its conservative image. Also the youngest director of the V&A, his exhibitions on the destruction of the country house, the future of our churches and a celebration of British gardening significantly boosted the conservationist agenda over the last forty years. He has continued to write extensively on history, culture and garden design; the garden he created in Herefordshire has been described as one of the most innovative formal gardens of the last fifty years. He has also served for fifteen years as High Bailiff and Searcher of the Sanctuary at Westminster Abbey.â€™
Maurice Howard PSA, FSA
, Director (2007) and President of the Society (2010â€“14), received an OBE
for services to higher education and architectural heritage.
â€˜As for my service to all the heritage organisations,â€™ he told the University of Sussex, where he is Professor of History of Art, â€˜the V&A, the Society of Antiquaries, the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and our special link with West Dean College, I hope that everything I have done has helped build strong relationships for the University and enabled our students to get access to libraries, benefit from placements, end up getting professional jobs with such organisations.â€™ Howard, continues the website, â€˜is principally an architectural historian of Early Modern Europe whose research has encompassed the arts of painting and the applied arts. His work has focused mainly on architecture in England in the 16th and 17th centuries.â€™
In New Zealand, the 2016 New Year Honours List featured Charles Higham FSA
, who was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to archaeology.
Higham, reads the citation, â€˜is regarded as one of the worldâ€™s leading archaeologists. [He] was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Otago in 1966 before being appointed Foundation Professor in 1968. He devoted the next decade to expanding the department and developing its international reputation. He was a foundation member of the James Cook Fellowship selection committee. He has been the acting Dean of the School of Social Sciences and a member of the Social Sciences selection panel for the Marsden Fund. He has directed archaeological research in Southeast Asia, with particular reference to Thailand and Cambodia, since 1969 and is now regarded as the leading authority on the region. His most recent research has concentrated on the origins of the Civilisation of Angkor. In 2013 his research was voted one of the top ten projects in the world at the Shanghai Archaeological Forum. He has maintained a key interest in MÄori prehistory and has published on the subject. He is the only archaeologist to have delivered both the Wheeler and Reckitt lectures at the British Academy. Professor Higham is the New Zealand representative on the International Union of Pre- and Protohistoric Sciences and serves on the committee of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association.â€™
Pamela Jane Smith FSA was awarded an honorary Igbo chieftaincy in September 2015 during her visit to Nigeria sponsored by The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. The title of Ola-Ocha Ndigbo Na Oyo State recognises Smithâ€™s dedicated service to the Igbo people, and also honours her as the widow of Thurstan Shaw FSA and as a representative of the McDonald Institute. Accompanied by Marcus Brittain, also an Institute Fellow, Smith attended meetings to discuss the iconic African bronze art sites of Igbo-Ukwu in south-east Nigeria. The sites were originally excavated by Shaw with the participation of the Igbo Anozie families in 1959 and 1964 (photo above left shows Smith with HRH Eze Chief Alex Anozie). A royal burial with stores of intricate pottery, copper, fabric and elaborate bronze artwork was discovered (above right). A team of Nigerian and UK archaeologists hope to return to continue the work, interrupted by the Biafran War. â€˜Marcus and I received a wonderful welcome in Nigeria,â€™ writes Pamela Jane Smith. â€˜The title was truly unexpected and an honour.â€™ Norman Hammond FSA
adds that Highamâ€™s work in Thailand had already earned him Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1992 and a Corresponding FBA in 2000, and the British Academy awarded him the Grahame Clark Medal for Prehistoric Archaeology in 2014. The photo is from Temple World
, for whom he will be leading a Mekong cruise in November.
The work of several Fellows was recognised at the second Shanghai Archaeology Forum in December, where Colin Renfrew FSA
(Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn), former Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
A Field Discovery Award was presented to John Chapman FSA
for Early urbanism in Europe?: the Case of the Tripillia Mega-sites of Ukraine.
Six of the 11 Research Awards went to Fellows:
Ian Hodder FSA
for the Ã‡atalhÃ¶yÃ¼k project: important Anatolian contributions to the development of early societies.
Stephen Shennan FSA
for the Cultural Evolution of Neolithic Europe (EUROEVOL) project.
Alasdair Whittle FSA
for The Times of Their Lives: high-resolution radiocarbon-based chronological analysis of the European Neolithic, through formal modelling.
Norman Hammond FSA
for his work at Cuello in northern Belize, on economic and social origins of Maya civilisation.
Martin Jones FSA
for his work on the origin and early spread of Chinese millets.
Leonardo LÃ³pez LujÃ¡n Hon FSA
for The Great Temple Project: in search of the sacred precinct of Mexico-Tenochtitlan.
In the photo above are Arkadiusz Marciniak, representing Hodder (third from left), Jones (sixth from left), Whittle (eighth), LÃ³pez LujÃ¡n (10th) and Hammond (who supplied the photo, 11th).
The Prime Minister has appointed Sir Neil Cossons FSA a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, for three years from 31 January. Cossons, says a DCMS/HLF press release, has been active in the fields of industrial archaeology and heritage since the early 1960s, as Director of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and Director of the Science Museum, London. He has served as a non-executive director of British Waterways Board. He was Chairman of English Heritage 2000â€“07. A chairman, chief executive and board member of standing he has advised governments, museums and heritage agencies in a number of countries, conducted peer reviews of scholarship and research, chaired architectural selection panels, and published and broadcast widely on industrial history and archaeology and conservation.
Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of the Archbishops of the Church of England, has appointed Sir Simon Jenkins FSA a member of The Churches Conservation Trustâ€™s board of trustees. Journalist and writer and former Chairman of the National Trust, Jenkins has a keen interest and knowledge of historic churches, says a CCT press release. Loyd Grossman FSA, CCT Chairman said, â€˜Simon Jenkins knows and loves the heritage of England's parish churches. His wide experience of the heritage movement and his outstanding writing and speaking skills will make a huge contribution to the work of the Trust,â€™ â€˜Every house in Englandâ€™, said Auberon Waugh of Jenkinsâ€™ Englandâ€™s Thousand Best Churches, (1999), â€˜should have a copy of this book.â€™
Simon Bradley FSA and Mary Beard FSA continue to receive accolades for their new books. Richard Joyner, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Nottingham Trent University told The Times Higher Education that Bradleyâ€™s The Railways: Nation, Network and People was one of his â€˜favourite readsâ€™ of 2015, describing it as â€˜loving, witty and informedâ€™. In The Guardian Juliet Mabey (Publisher, Oneworld) chose Beardâ€™s SPQR â€“ â€˜exactly the sort of brilliantly researched, authoritatively written and accessible non-fiction that we particularly love to publishâ€™ â€“ as the book she didnâ€™t, but wished she had. The Guardian
reports studies showing that popular history writing is a male preserve, Beard being one of the few women to appear in various lists in the US and the UK.
Parish Church Treasures, by John Goodall FSA, was favourably reviewed by James McConnachie in The Sunday Times, which published an extract on 20 December.
Michael Wood FSA
has been in China. The first of his six one-hour films in The Story Of China
will be broadcast on BBC2 on 21 January. A BBC press release says Wood explores the history of the worldâ€™s oldest continuous state, from the ancient past to the present day. The photo shows him with Korean scholars at the Confucian cemetery in Qufu.
Lucy Worsley FSA
, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, was a Team Captain in BBC2â€™s The Great History Quiz â€“ The Tudors
, broadcast on Christmas eve and available to view
until 3 February for those who can access iPlayer. Two teams of broadcasting historians (the other captained by Dan Snow, President of the Council for British Archaeology) answered questions about Tudor life. The first in a new series of TV films, Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley
, was broadcast on BBC Four on 6 January, titled Reinventing Russia
(available on iPlayer
until 10 February). The second, Age of Extremes
, went out on 13 January and the last, The Road to Revolution
, will be broadcast on 20 January.
Renfrew and Bahn, the thinking archaeologistsâ€™ textbook for generations of students first published in 1991, achieves its seventh edition this week. Written by Colin Renfrew FSA
and Paul Bahn FSA
, it comes, says a Thames and Hudson press release, with â€˜eleven brand new box features, which highlight the latest discoveries and recent scientific developments in archaeology. Also new to this edition is coverage of cutting edge survey, excavation and recording techniques plus information about new discoveries, such as a desert camp used by Lawrence of Arabia in his First World War campaigns.â€™
Chris Fern FSA
, lead archaeologist in the Staffordshire Hoard project to catalogue and analyse the find, has written Before Sutton Hoo: The Prehistoric Remains and Early Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Tranmer House, Bromeswell, Suffolk
, published by East Anglian Archaeology. About a cemetery excavated in 2000, the book contains, he says, contributions by many other Fellows. â€˜The findings suggest a wealthy local population in the period just prior to the founding of the mound cemetery at Sutton Hoo. A small Bronze Age barrow and part of an Iron Age field system were also recorded. It is argued that these earthworks survived to at least the time of the Anglo-Saxon cemetery, and influenced its location and layout.â€™ Fern will be talking about the excavation at the Sutton Hoo Societyâ€™s
annual Basil Brown Lecture, at Woodbridge, Suffolk, on 28 May.
In 1953 the schoolboy Alan Garner FSA
found a wooden shovel in old copper and lead mines at Alderley Edge, Cheshire, where, according to legend, lay a sleeping king and his knights ready to save England in the last battle of the world. Nearly 40 years later, writes John Prag FSA
, Garner, by then a world-famous author, presented the shovel to Manchester Museum in the University of Manchester. â€˜The gift inspired a research project employing every discipline in the museumâ€™s armouryâ€™, says Prag, who has co-ordinated the project, â€˜and many more besides.â€™ The Alderley Edge Landscape Project, a joint venture by the Museum and the National Trust, set out to study every aspect of Alderleyâ€™s story. Prag co-edited the first report with Simon Timberlake (The Archaeology of Alderley Edge,
2005). The Story of Alderley: Living with the Edge
, edited by Prag and published by Manchester University Press, follows that up with everything else: the natural world, the story of the mines, social history and conservation, with contributions from Garner, John Adams FSA
and Jeremy Milln FSA
. Fellows can buy the book at a discount from Manchester University Press
, quoting the online code OTH574. Garnerâ€™s shovel was radiocarbon-dated to the Bronze Age.
Andrew Spicer FSA
, Professor of Early Modern European History at Oxford Brookes University and Literary Director of the Royal Historical Society, has edited Parish Churches in the Early Modern World
. â€˜This collection of 15 essaysâ€™, he writes, â€˜looks at parish churches or places that assumed similar responsibilities during the early modern period. As well as its broad geographical scope, with five non-European areas discussed, the volume looks at a range of confessions with essays on Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, Anti-Trinitarian and Anglican places of worship.â€™ Further details and a more detailed synopsis can be found on Ashgateâ€™s website
Sally Badham FSA
has written Seeking Salvation: Commemorating the Dead in the Late Medieval English Parish
. â€˜The medieval Christian faithfulâ€™, says the publisher, Shaun Tyas, â€˜believed that their souls had to be purified in Purgatory before they could enter Heaven. This ground-breaking volume, which covers the period c.1300â€“1558, examines the responses of English men and women in carrying out good works which would attract prayers so as to improve their chances of salvation. Evidence is in part drawn from the material remains of commemorative objects paid for by better-off members of society. They sought spiritual benefits not just by erecting tomb monuments but also through many other forms of memoria to be found in our parish churches. Unfortunately, much was swept away by the iconoclasm which accompanied the Reformation. Such sources are therefore supplemented by documentary evidence, including wills, inventories and Middle English literary texts.â€™ A â€˜spectacular section of colour photosâ€™, says Badham, was mostly taken by newly-elected Fellow C.B. Newham
Shaun Tyas has also published Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 300-950
, edited by Paul Barnwell FSA
. Drawing on a series of weekend study conferences at Rewley House, Oxford, almost all the 11 essays are by Fellows, including Barbara Yorke, Martin Henig, Nancy Edwards, TomÃ¡s Ã“ CarragÃ¡in, Sally M. Foster, Jane Hawkes, Richard Morris, Rosemary Cramp, David Parsons, Michael Hare
and Paul S. Barnwell
. The book is the first in a series about places of worship from the late Roman period to the present. â€˜Starting with evidence for Christian sites and buildings in Roman Britain, it brings together studies of religious sites in the formative period of Christianity in the British Isles, across regions with differing degrees of Roman legacy and varying histories of conversion which have left different kinds of evidence, and are therefore rarely studied together.â€™
The Mystery of Marquis Dâ€™Oisy
, by Julian Litten FSA
(and with a foreword by Sir Roy Strong FSA
), sets out to explain how a man with such a name â€“ the full Amand Edouard Ambroise Marie Lowis Etienne Phillipe dâ€™Sant Andre Tornay was perhaps too much for the front cover â€“ painted in Thaxted, Essex. â€˜He may have claimed to be a French aristocrat of Brazilian descent,â€™ says the blurb, â€˜but he had a Cockney accent and he was certainly a refugee from bankruptcy. He was a talented artist, but he appeared, as if from nowhere, in north-west Essex in 1917. He designed church furnishings and ladiesâ€™ dresses, painted furniture, and staged a long series of historical pageants in the East Midlands until 1936. He died in 1959.â€™ He was, says Strong, â€˜one of those artistic hangers-on to whoever lived in the â€œgreat houseâ€â€™. Litten establishes that the Marquis was in fact born in Bath, but that he was genuinely â€˜a talented artist and his work deserves celebrationâ€™. Published by Shaun Tyas.
Ben Cowell FSA
has departed his role as Regional Director â€“ East of England at the National Trust, to be, from the first of this month, Director General of the Historic Houses Association
. Before joining the Trust, Cowell had worked for ten years at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, including a two-year posting as Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. During this time he also went on secondment to English Heritage, where he was responsible for commissioning research into the economic and social impact of heritage and for writing the annual Heritage Counts
Cowell left the Trust with an illustrated book, by him, Stephen Daniels FSA
and Lucy Veale. Landscapes of the National Trust, a collaboration with Nottingham University, explores the concept of landscape, featuring National Trust property and many of the research projects funded through the AHRCâ€™s Landscape and Environment Programme (in which a number of Fellows were involved, for example in the Tales of the Frontier project).
described Menagerie: The History of Exotic Animals in England
(Oxford University Press), by Caroline Grigson FSA
, as â€˜a depressingly thorough account of centuries of suffering inflicted on our fellow creatures in the name of a good gawp â€¦ more concerned with delivering a scholarly chronology than analysis or anecdote, she shares a soft spot for the eccentric menagerie-keepers such as Lady Amelia Anne Hobart, wife of the austere Foreign Secretary Lord Castlereagh, who sent her husband to George IV's coronation with a plume of feathers from her own ostriches.â€™ â€˜Filled with lively anecdote and scholarly commentary,â€™ said The Guardian
, â€˜Grigsonâ€™s book is a delightful guide to our long national obsession with wildlife.'
Ian Coulson FSA died in December 2015 aged 60. John Williams FSA has written this appreciation of an educator and archaeologist.
â€˜Ian Coulson was born and brought up in north-east England. He read history at University College, Cardiff, at the time also displaying a deep interest in and love of archaeology. After taking a PGCE he taught in state secondary schools for ten years, before, in 1987, becoming Adviser for History in Kent and then History Adviser and Inspector in 1994. He remained with Kent County Council until retirement in 2010.
â€˜He made a really significant contribution to the teaching and learning of history in primary and secondary schools, utilising his particular talent for inspiring students of all ages with his infectious enthusiasm for the past, wherever possible making history a hands-on experience. His ground-breaking work in education included major roles in projects to open up the then mysterious contents of the National Archives and in developing the Schools History Project. Working with local and national organisations, he wrote, contributed to and edited a wide range of textbooks and other historical resources for schools and wider audiences, ranging from The Roman Empire, through Medicine and Health, The Armada and Revolutions to Britain and the Great War. He was a pioneer in developing and promoting educational websites.
â€˜At various times he was a member of the Lord Chancellorâ€™s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives and was actively involved with organisations such as the then Public Records Office, the Council for British Archaeology and the Victoria County History. He was joint editor for and contributed to the Kent History Projectâ€™s Kent in the Twentieth Century, subsequently taking over the general editorship of the series in 2001 and providing the drive to see the project through to completion. The final volume, on Early Medieval Kent is about to go to the printers.
â€˜In recent years Ian devoted considerable time and energy to the Kent Archaeological Society. A life member from 1982, he was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable member of the Education Committee for a long time, then a council member, and from 2011 President. He had a modernising agenda and at the same time carried out his quite onerous duties extremely conscientiously, attending nearly every committee meeting as well as chairing Council meetings with great insight. He could communicate his knowledge with a quiet, gentle authority and wit, being able to manage and enthuse everyone with his forethought, sense of humour and the great ability to produce a humorous cartoon relevant to whatever was being discussed at the time. He had many plans for the society, seeking to involve more members, particularly with the research role of the society and championing all aspects of archaeology.
â€˜From the early 1990s Ian involved himself in the educational work of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT), helping them to build an educational website and provide the immensely popular CAT Kits and CAT Boxes containing archaeological artefacts and other materials, which gave hands-on classroom teaching aids. He also assisted with the educational initiatives for the Interreg-funded BOAT 1550 project that saw the CAT Kit model rolled out in Belgium and north France, and involved himself with the project A Town Unearthed: Folkestone to 1500, acting as co-chair in the latter half of the project and editing the book that is one of the projectâ€™s key legacies.
â€˜Ian was a charismatic figure in Wye, his local community, frequently being asked to host large meetings of the village and taking on various roles over the years. He was chairman of the Wye Village Design Group (2001â€“10) and of the Parish Plan Group (2006â€“08). Subsequently he chaired the Wye Neighbourhood Plan Group advising the Parish Council, and he also hosted fortnightly drop-in sessions for the Wye Heritage Centre at the Latin School. His irreverent good humour and strength of personality kept people entertained and well-behaved.
â€˜A celebration of Ianâ€™s life and work was held before a packed assembly in Wye on 22 December, where former colleagues and friends paid tribute to his many achievements. It was appropriate that, following this, his final journey was in a side-car hearse powered by a Triumph Adventurer, reflecting his love of his own motorcycle, used both for daily travel and for exploring many far-flung parts of Europe.
â€˜His sad loss at an all too young age, after a short illness borne with immensely moving courage and dignity, affects all who knew him, both as a colleague and a friend.â€™
History in Education has an interview with Coulson, recorded in 2009, on its website.
David Wilson FSA died aged 82 at his home near Berkeley, Gloucestershire, on 5 January, after a long and productive career as a lecturer and archaeologist. Bob Meeson FSA has written this appreciation:
â€˜David Wilson, who formerly taught at Manchester and Keele Universities, was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1987. After studying Anglo-Saxon and medieval history, literature and language at Keele and Birmingham Universities, David taught archaeology to undergraduates and continuing studies students at Manchester before returning to Keele to work as an adult education lecturer from 1979 until 1990.
â€˜His interest in prehistory and proximity to the Peak District prompted numerous published reports and monographs, including The Excavation of Five Early Bronze Age Burial Sites in South-East Cheshire (2011). David was the author of many books, monographs and reports ranging from Staffordshire Dialect Words: A Historical Survey (1974) and Moated Sites (1985) to Anglo-Saxon Paganism (1992). Northwoods Farm, Dodcott-cum-Wilkesley, Cheshire (1997) is just one several of his reports on medieval moated site excavations. His service on various committees included the Moated Sites Research Group and the Medieval Settlement Research Group, for whom he edited Annual Reports from 1982â€“1987. He played an active role in numerous other regional and national bodies including the CBA and the Committee for Archaeology in Gloucestershire
â€˜Following his retirement from Keele he moved to the Cotswolds and then to Berkeley, from where he continued his largest and most significant excavation of Romano-British Wortley, completing the report (with Alan Bagnall and Beryl Taylor) for publication as BAR British Series 591 (2014).
â€˜Davidâ€™s wide-ranging archaeological excavations and research mask other equally significant aspects of his life and personality. He was an engaging teacher, wearing his considerable intellect lightly and thereby encouraging many of his students to increasing levels of confidence and commitment. Not content simply to live with his collection of 17th- and 18th-century regional furniture, and despite increasing disability from multiple sclerosis, he wrote a thesis entitled Furniture and Furniture-Making in Gloucestershire, 1600-1730: An Analysis of a Regional and Vernacular Tradition, for which he was awarded a PhD at the University of Southampton in 2008. He was a cricket enthusiast, a proud family man, a generous and genial host, sharing his appreciation of good food and fine claret, and he was enviably capable of putting his work to one side in order to relax on sunny days in his garden. He faced disability without complaint, always maintaining a positive outlook, but finally died of cancer, leaving his wife Vicky, a son, two daughters and six grandchildren.â€™
Ralph Hyde FSA received two press obituaries after the notification in Salon of his death last year on 5 June. The Telegraph (9 July 2015) describes him as â€˜an unlikely sleuth, perhaps best remembered for finding the Rhinebeck Panorama â€“ a 9â€‰ft-long series of four linked watercolour panels depicting London at the beginning of the 19th century.â€™ He was, says the paper, â€˜for almost 25 years the keeper of maps, prints and drawings at the Guildhall Library in the City where he curated a comprehensive collection of images of London, from medieval to modern times.â€™ Writing in The Guardian, Erkki Huhtamo (14 July 2015) says Hyde was â€˜an internationally recognised authority on the history of the panoramaâ€™. He â€˜had a wonderful sense of humourâ€™, adds Huhtamo, â€˜and an almost boyish enthusiasm for his work.â€™
Nancy Sandars FSA, who died in November aged 101, has received several tributes since Salonâ€™s appreciation, including obituaries in The Sunday Times (13 December), The Telegraph (15 December) and The Scotsman (25 December). Time listed her among â€˜9 of 2015â€™s Most Fascinating Obituariesâ€™ (30 December). Funeral tributes are posted on her website.
Vincent Megaw FSA writes to say he â€˜often turned [to her] for help on oriental artâ€™, praising her â€˜beautifulâ€™ prose:
â€˜The Celtic La TÃ¨ne art of the last four centuries BC,â€™ wrote Sandars, â€˜is perhaps one of the oddest and most unlikely things to have come out of a barbarous continent. Its particular refinement, delicacy and equilibrium are hardly what one would expect of men who were â€¦ savage, cruel and often disgustingâ€¦ Not all art in barbarian Europe in these centuries was La TÃ¨ne art â€¦ but no other approaches the significance of La TÃ¨ne, which is more professional, surer of itself, appearing to accomplish time after time what it set out to do; and yet so unpredictable and idiosyncratic, so exactly poised and consistent, telling much and concealing much, anti-classical yet as disciplined as the best classical art. It is too limited perhaps to be really great, yet it has an extraordinary toughness and persistence, so that it lives on through the Middle Ages, where it lies concealed, a source of tension, an invisible pole, even when apparently obsolete and forgotten.â€™
Andrew Ciechanowiecki FSA, who died last November, has received two press obituaries. He was, says The Telegraph (23 December), â€˜an Ã©migrÃ© Polish nobleman and a scholar-dealer who made a significant contribution to the art trade in London and to the collections of both British and North American museums during the 1960s and 1970s. In The Guardian (7 January) Joanna Barnes writes of her â€˜friend and mentorâ€™, that he was â€˜A devout Catholic, [and] an exceptional man in many ways; an excellent linguist, he had a lively intellect, an inquisitive mind and seemingly endless energy. His advice, kindness and generosity touched many in the art world and beyond.â€™
Stephen Calloway FSA recently acquired a de-accessioned library book at a book fair, once owned by the antiquary Frank Halliday Cheetham FSA. The bookplate has, writes Calloway, â€˜been partially obscured by a label recording his munificent bequest of 2,000 books to the Wigan Public Library in 1937. Its floridly art-nouveau style â€“ so uncharacteristic of the general run of antiquarians' taste [is that so? Ed.] â€“ may be explained by the fact that Cheetham shared the year of his birth, 1872, with Aubrey Beardsley and Max Beerbohm, among other fin-de-siÃ¨cle luminaries.
â€˜The little volume is Lady Victoria Manners's Descriptive Notes on the Tapestry in Haddon Hall (London, n.d.). It bears a pencilled note of acquisition: F.H. Cheetham, Derby, 1900, and annotations made while writing his own two works on Haddon's history.â€™
The Wisdom of Fellows
Last September, looking for a nice online picture â€“ preferably ancient and obscure â€“ to illustrate the news that the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society had placed its Transactions online, I found a Runic inscription on Hessilgil Crag. I duly pasted it into Salon. It was more obscure than I had imagined.
â€˜I wonderâ€™, writes David Sekers FSA, â€˜if you have chosen this image as a deliberate leg-pull?â€™
â€˜If W.S. Calverley is to be believed,â€™ continues Sekers, â€˜the Rev John Maughan [who originally published the inscription, in 1870] was â€œthe victim of a series of practical jokes. Old roads, pavements, ruined forts ... were found for him, by the zeal or roguery of his neighbours; and these runes are their creation. They are not the work of a Runic scholar: they were concocted by a clever Cumbrian who had read the Rectorâ€™s papers, heard his talk, perhaps used his books, and, like his countrymen, laughed at enthusiasms and loved a joke.â€ (W.S. Calverley, â€˜Notes on the early sculptured crosses, shrines and monuments in the diocese of Carlisleâ€™, CWAAS Extra Series vol XI, Kendal 1899, 48â€“53).
â€˜Perhaps it is re-assuring to read that there are referees and peer reviews nowadays?â€™ concludes Sekers. My point entirely, vicar.
Nominations for the British Archaeological Awards close on 29 February 2016, as I noted in the last Salon, but they are not, as two Fellows quickly pointed out, biannual: they are biennial. Still time to get those submissions in.
Forthcoming Ordinary Meetings of Fellows
Unless stated otherwise, tea is served from 16.15 and meetings start at 17.00. Guests are welcome if accompanied by a Fellow. Details of forthcoming meetings and events can be found on the 'Events' page of the Society's website.
28 January 2016: â€˜MicroPastsâ€™, by Daniel Pett, FSA, and Andrew Bevan, FSA.
4 February 2016: â€˜The Ship Beneath the Floor: Chatham Historic Dockyard', by Dan Atkinson. Please note: there is a ballot scheduled for this meeting.
11 February 2016: 'The Treatment and Technical Analysis of the Society's Parmetier Panel, an Early 15th/16th-Century Franco-Flemish Painting', by Emma Jansson. Please note: there is a ballot scheduled for this meeting.
Details for the full spring programme will be available on the website by in the new year: www.sal.org.uk/events. You can also catch up on meetings you missed this autumn by watching our lecture recordings (visit the events page and filter the results list by choosing 'past events').
Interested in proposing a lecturer? Please download and complete the Lecture Proposal Form, and email it to RenÃ©e LaDue, the Society's Communications Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Forthcoming Public Lectures
Public Lectures are held from 13.00 to 14.00 on Tuesdays. These lectures are very popular, so advance booking is advised to be sure of a place. Details of forthcoming lectures can be found on the 'Events' page of the Society's website.
19 January 2016: â€˜The Waddeson Bequest at the British Museum, A New Lookâ€™, by Dora Thornton FSA, and Tom Fotheringham. Unfortunately, this lecture is now fully booked. But we hope to post a recording after the event!
There will also be a public tour of Burlington House on this day (booking required).
23 February 2016: 'The Camera and the King: Photographing the Excavation of Tutankhamun's Tomb', by Christina Riggs FSA. Unfortunately, this lecture is now fully booked. But we hope to post a recording after the event!
There will also be a public tour of Burlington House on this day (booking required).
22 March 2016: 'Denim: Fashion's Frontier', by Emma McClendon, Janet Arnold Award Recipient (for research into historic dress). A few places are still available! Book now!
There will also be a public tour of Burlington House on this day (booking required).
Click here for the full programme of public lectures 2015-2016.
Society Dates to Remember
Introductory Tours of Burlington House for Fellows
The next in the Societyâ€™s regular series of introductory tours will take place on 28 January 2016. Additional tour dates include 24 March and 23 June.
Tours are free, but limited to 25 people, so places should be booked in advance. Please contact the Societyâ€™s Executive Assistant (call 020 7479 7080 or email email@example.com). Tours start at 11.00, and coffee is served from 10.45. Lunch is available at the end of the tour for Â£5, but must be ordered in advance. There will be further tours scheduled in the autumn.
Other Forthcoming Heritage Events
21 January: All is Revealed: The Collections of the Society of Antiquaries (York)
A talk by Heather Rowlands, Head of Library and Collections of the Society of Antiquaries of London, in the Bedingfield Room, The Bar Convent, York. For details contact Stephen Greep FSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 January: New Insights into 16th- and 17th-Century British Architecture (London)
The latest in a series of meetings, to be held at the Society of Antiquaries. Programme and booking forms are available from Claire Gapper FSA (email@example.com) and Paula Henderson FSA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
February: Courses for Historic Environment Professionals (Oxford)
For a list of short courses and workshops put on for historic environment professionals at Rewley House by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, see previous Salon.
31 March: The Staffordshire Hoard: Six Years on (York)
A public lecture by Kevin Leahy FSA, National Adviser, Early Medieval Metalwork, Portable Antiquities Scheme, in the Bedingfield Room, The Bar Convent, York. For details contact Stephen Greep FSA at email@example.com.
1â€“2 April: Finds from Roman York, Brigantia and Beyond (York)
A major conference organised by the Roman Finds Group, at Kings Manor, Department of Archaeology, University of York, 13.00 Friday until 16.30 Saturday. Keynote speaker will be author Lindsey Davis, with a reception at Yorkshire Museum. For further details contact Stephen Greep FSA (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see the Roman Finds Group website.
24 September: Anglo-Saxon Rendlesham A Royal Centre of the East Anglian Kingdom (Bury St Edmunds)
A one-day conference to present the results of archaeological investigation at Rendlesham 2008â€“14, at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Speakers include Chris Scull FSA and Jude Plouviez FSA, and discussions will be led by Martin Carver FSA, Catherine Hills FSA and Leslie Webster FSA. For details see Suffolk Heritage Explorer.
5â€“6 October: Auricular Style: Frames (London), call for papers
A two-day international conference at the Wallace Collection will be the first dedicated to the Auricular style, centring on one of its most significant manifestations, the picture frame. The conference aims to stimulate awareness and study of this style by bringing together research in fine and decorative art histories. It will consider the origins and development of the style in different materials, together with its dissemination between European centres.
Fourteen speakers are anticipated, and currently include Karen Hearn FSA and Jacob Simon FSA. Displays to run simultaneously with the conference are planned with the Guildhall Art Gallery, and Ham House, London. Relevant topics include connections between countries, the Van Vianens, Fontainebleau, the grotesque. â€˜Mediciâ€™ frames. the influence of prints, Auricular settings, craftsmanship, the styleâ€™s decline and its revivals, and more. Enquiries and submissions (300â€“400-word abstracts) to email@example.com by 29 January, 2016. Convenors Gerry Alabone FSA and Lynn Roberts, in association with the Institute of Conservation (Gilding & Decorative Surfaces Group).
Propose a Lecture or Seminar
Please download and complete the Lecture Proposal Form, and email it to RenÃ©e LaDue, the Society's Communications Officer, 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 RenÃ©e LaDue, the Society's Communications Officer, if you are interested in helping us organise such an event.