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Salon: Issue 339
29 March 2015

Next issue: 12 April 2015

The Society of Antiquaries of London Online Newsletter (Salon) is a fortnightly digest of news from the heritage sector. It focuses on the activities of the Society and the contribution that the Society's Fellows make to public life. Like the intellectual salons of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, it aims to amuse and to stimulate debate as well as to inform. A copy of Salon’s editorial policy can be found on the Society’s website. News and feedback for publication in Salon should be addressed to the Salon Editor.
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Inside this issue

From the Desk of the General Secretary

Year in Review (2014–'15)

By now, most Fellows should have received the anniversary mailing, which includes the Society's 2014-'15 Annual Review. We hope that you, like us, agree that this past year has been full of exciting changes and new developments for the Society. In particular, the Society drastically increased its public engagement at Burlington House through its popular public lectures, summer exhibition, a collaborative approach to London Open House with the other courtyard societies, guided tours of the Society led by Fellows, and increased online engagement using the website and social media. Additionally, Kelmscott Manor received a record-breaking number of visitors and expanded its family programming through workshops led by the 2014 Artist in Residence, Sasha Ward.

Read the Annual Review, and contact us to let us know how you would like to be a part of improving upon these successes in public engagement in the future. We are always looking for ideas and for volunteers!

Forthcoming Ordinary Meetings

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.

2 April 2015: No Ordinary Meeting of Fellows (Enjoy the Easter Holiday!)
There will not be an Ordinary Meeting of Fellows this week. Enjoy the Easter Bank Holiday!

9 April 2015: 'Cornelius Johnson (1593–1661): the Portrait Painter as Pragmatist', by Karen Hearn, FSA*
Fellow Karen Hearn is curating a small display on the 17th-century Anglo-Netherlandish portrait-painter Cornelius Johnson for the National Portrait Gallery this spring (15 April through September). Johnson was a very talented artist who has unaccountably been largely neglected by scholars, in spite of his significant sitters (eg, Charles I), career and life.

*Please note that there will be a Ballot for the election of Fellows on this date.

16 April 2015: 'The Survey of London: Past, Present and Future', by Andrew Saint*
The Survey of London is the nearest thing there is to an official history of London's buildings. It was founded in the 1890s and provides essential reading for anyone wishing to find out about the capital's streets and buildings. It produces detailed architectural and topographical studies, which appear as large, sumptuously produced books currently published by Yale University Press and, supported by English Heritage, in searchable form online on the British History Online website.

*Please note that there will be a Ballot for the election of Fellows on this date.

Image belongs to the English Heritage.

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.

21 April: ‘Electrifying Brunel’s Great Western Railway: the UK’s historic infrastructure in the twenty-first century’, by William Filmer-Sankey, FSA
This lecture will consider the impact on the Great Western Railway of the line’s electrification, and how, if carefully planned, the latest phase in the development of this historic railway line, with its 185 listed structures, can contribute to its significance. William Filmer-Sankey, an architectural historian and archaeologist with Alan Baxter & Associates LLP, the multidisciplinary design consultancy, will explain how the design process for the rail electrification programme, which is continuing, aims to combine respect for the line’s historic significance with the achievement of an efficient twenty-first-century railway.

26 May – 30 June: Magna Carta Through the Ages Six-Week Public Lecture Series
During the first six weeks of the Society's much-anticipated Magna Carta Through the Ages exhibition, there will be a weekly public lecture focused on exploring the impact of the 'Great Charter' around the world and throughout history. Like the Public Lectures Series, these lectures will take place 13.00 to 14.00 on Tuesday afternoons.

These lectures are well on their way to being fully booked already, so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment! More information can be found on the Society's website at or


Fellows' Introductory Tours of Burlington House and the Society's Library

The next in the Society’s regular series of introductory tours will take place on 7 May 2015.

Tours are free, but limited to twenty-five people, so places should be booked in advance. Please contact the Society’s Executive Assistant (call 020 7479 7080 or email Tours start at 11.00, and coffee is served from 10.45. Lunch is available at the end of the tour for £5, but must be ordered in advance. There will be further tours scheduled in the autumn.

Regional Fellows Groups


Welsh Fellows

Friday, 5 June: Meeting at Blaenavon Ironworks.
Friday to Sunday,  16 to 18 October: Weekend meeting based at the Cawdor Arms, Llandeilo.

All Fellows are welcome to join the Welsh Fellows for these events! Further details are posted in the 'Welsh Regional Fellows' Group' section of the 'Fellows' Discussion Forum' (Fellows' login required). Email Fellow Alan Aberg with questions.

'20 Years in 12 Places: New Research Reveals that Heritage Makes Us Happier'

New research by Britain Thinks puts heritage at the heart of improving quality of life across the UK over past 20 years.

To coincide with 20 years of investment into the UK’s heritage amounting to over £6 billion, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) commissioned Britain Thinks to conduct in-depth research in 12 towns and cities representative of the UK population. The aim was to better understand the public’s view of that National Lottery investment and to see to what extent it had made places better to live and work in or visit.

Key findings
•    80 per cent of people think local heritage makes their area a better place to live
•    64 per cent think heritage has improved in recent years in terms of how well it is looked after and what it has to offer
•    50 per cent answered 7 or more out of 10 when asked to rate the impact local heritage sites have on their personal quality of life
•    Strong support for heritage investment with 76 per cent of regular Lottery players rating the HLF projects in their area a good or excellent use of Lottery funding
•    Heritage plays a powerful role in bringing people together and helping to improve perceptions of quality of life
•    Benefits of heritage seen as both transactional and emotional, encouraging local pride and fostering social cohesion

Fellow Loyd Grossman, Chair of Heritage Alliance, said, “This report powerfully highlights the many benefits of heritage from personal and family happiness through to economic growth and community cohesion. It also demonstrates a great deal of public support and appreciation for HLF funding and emphasizes that it is not just the biggest projects that create the most good. The most successful projects are the ones that clearly meet local needs and aspirations. The message that I receive most strongly is that we need to continue to explain how heritage enhances all our lives and the vital contribution it makes to our local and national well-being.”

Read more news from the report here.

Prehistoric Society Statement on Research Access to Museum Collections

A growing number of reports of museums charging for research access prompted the Council of the Prehistoric Society both to canvass opinion from outside and discuss the issue internally. As a result, the Prehistoric Society Council felt moved to draw up a position statement for circulation to appropriate bodies. Conscious of the financial difficulties that many museums have faced in recent years, they hope that statements such as this may help persuade politicians and fund-dividers that squeezing museums to the point that they have to impose charges on research is counter-productive. The Society's President, Dr Alex Gibson, wrote: 'The importance of informing people about their heritage is now widely recognised by Government and funding agencies, and any constraints placed on researching the material remains of the past can only serve to diminish that aspiration.'

Click here to download and read the full response from the Prehistoric Society.

'Letter from Russia'

Fellow Heinrich Härke (Hon.Professor, Universität Tübingen, Germany), recently sent us an update on issues surrounding the Museum of the History of Suppression:

'News just comes in from Perm (southern Urals) which illustrates the authoritarian direction in which the Putin government now wants museums and education to go. Perm had a renowned museum of the History of Political Repression ('Perm-36', known as 'the Gulag Museum'), founded in 1994 in the former prison camp Perm 36. It was run by Memorial, the human rights organization which investigates and documents the Soviet Union’s system of internal repression. The museum was run with independent funding, including grants from abroad; it had its own independent governing body; it conducted archaeological excavations within the camp; and there had been a plan to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status for the camp. That was before, in 2012, a conflict erupted between its director, Viktor Shmyrov, and the newly appointed Governor of Perm region about the status and message of the museum camp.

'First, the Governor and the regional Minister of Culture forced through a change of status, turning the museum into a state institution, against the explicit wishes of its Director and governing body. Then they orchestrated a campaign against the anti-repression message of the museum, mobilizing the local war veterans’ association, the regional Communist Party and others who were invited to comment (in negative terms, of course) about the museum. Finally, a few days ago, the Director of the museum resigned in protest after the regional authorities had managed to squeeze out his original staff and put pressure on him to turn Perm 36 into a museum of internal security, to showcase and ‘explain’ the work of the prison guards, the feared Vokhra. That is turning the original purpose of the museum on its head – it’s like turning Auschwitz into an SS museum. This is part of a government campaign of increasing pressure on institutions of education and research to fall in line, a campaign that is spookily reminiscent of the early years of the Third Reich where this process was called Gleichschaltung.

'With this in mind, one may have been wary of a block of papers on Crimean archaeology included in the programme of a conference on new results of archaeological work, held in early March 2015 in the Institute of Archaeology (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow). But at the end of the conference, the Director of the Institute, prompted by the discussion comments of a senior researcher of his institution, put the Crimean session in a somewhat different light. Carefully choosing his words, he pointed out that the Crimea papers presented at this conference were the result not just of last year’s work, but of the last four or five years; that good work had been done before the annexation (he did not use that word, of course); and that a good deal of the success of earlier fieldwork in the Crimea was due to collaboration with, and funding by, western institutions. Here was clearly somebody treading carefully through a political minefield–and it is a sign of the times that the head of the foremost archaeological research institution in Russia finds himself in that position.'

Image from The Telegraph (18 March 2015).

News of Fellows

The Bishop of London—Fellow Richard Chartres—launched an initiative this month to investigate the Jordanian codices that surfaced about four years ago, causing equal amounts of excitement and skepticism regarding authenticity (read more on the story here), although some believe the codices could have made by followers of Jesus in the years immediately following his crucifixion. Christian Radio reported that the Centre for the Study of the Jordanian Lead Books is expected to begin using scientific dating techniques on one of the lead codices in the coming weeks. At the launch of the Centre, Rt Revd Richard Charters said: "Today we've heard of the foundation of a research centre which is working very carefully with the wreckage of the past to try and understand more profoundly the way in which religious traditions have been formed."

Fellow Jane Moon has recently wrapped up a season of excavation and research at Tell Khaiber (a settlement near Ur, Iraq), which this year has produced another 50 Babylonian written records dating to around 1500 BCE. The excavation concluded with an exhibition in the
newly re-opened Iraq Museum in Baghdad. In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks on the Mosul Museum, Jane asked her Iraqi colleagues what they need most from us, and the asnwer was 'more fieldwork, more participation, more international engagement—get some others to come and dig here too!' Jane recently posted a response on this topic in the new Fellows' Discussion Forum, and Fellows are encouraged to login in and engage in the conversation there.

We are please to report that Fellow Alison Stones, currently professor emerita in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of History of Art and Architecture, has been appointed a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministre de la Culture et de la Communication (République Française).

Fellow Stephen Church, professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia, has recently released a new book: King John: England, Magna Carta and the Making of a Tyrant. Stephen is part of the committee of Fellows (also including Helen Forde and Nicola Jennings) currently working with Society staff to bring to life the Society's three copies of Magna Carta for the summer exhibition, Magna Carta Through the Ages (a Fellows' private view of the exhibition will take place in lieu of a summer miscellany of papers on 28 May).

We have a special discount to offer our Salon readers, thanks to Fellow James Steven Curl. The third edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture, co-authored by James and Susan Wilson, is now available for an online discount of 30 per cent! Download the order form here.

After almost twelve years with The National Trust, the last four as Director for the North West, Fellow John Darlington has accepted the opportunity to head up the World Monuments Fund Britain (WMFB). WMFB is a charity that champions the conservation of buildings, monuments and collections of international significance through grant, advocacy, expertise and partnership. Conservation projects include initiative such as the restoration of Stowe House, St Paul's Cathedral and Strawberry Hill, and campaigning over Battersea Power Station etc. John will begin work with WMFB in June.

It was recently announced that Fellow Mary Beard will be facing off with Mayor of London Boris Johnson in a classic Classics debate (Rome vs Greece) on 19 November. Read about the event online.


Memorials to Fellows

'With manners Gentle; and a grateful heart. And all the Genius  of the graphic Art; His fame shall each Succeeding Artis own. Longer by far than monuments of Stone.'

The General Secretary spotted this memorial to Fellow George Vertue in the cloisters at Westminster Abbey.
Vertue was an official engraver for the Society in the 18th century, and his portrait is displayed in Burlington House.

Fellow Roderick O'Donnell sent us this stained glass window memorial (featured at right) to F A Walters, the Catholic church architect noted for re-building Buckfast Abbey in Devon. Fellow Peter Beacham is editing Buckfast Abbey: History, Art and Architecture (forthcoming 2017) with contributions from Roderick and Fellows Dom Aidan Bellenger, Marian Campbell, Bridget Cherry, John Cherry, Nicholas Orme, Alan Powers, and David M Robinson.

Lives remembered: David Peacock, FSA

It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the death of our esteemed colleague and friend Professor David Peacock, on 15 March 2015, at the age of 76.

David was born in 1939, and went to Stamford School where his first experience of archaeology and of pottery came from discovering sherds that led to the excavation of a kiln, and to his first publication, in 1959, encouraged by the leading medieval archaeologist John Hurst. David’s own interests moved into earlier periods, and, after gaining first a BSc and then a PhD in Geology at the University of St Andrews, began to make an impact on prehistoric and Romano-British studies by publishing work on pottery that demonstrated how geological methods such as thin-section analysis applied to pottery could upset assumptions based solely on stylistic considerations and consequently that totally new patterns of trade could be established through distribution studies. He developed these interests while holding a Research Fellowship in the Application of Science to Archaeology at the University of Birmingham between 1965 and 1968. He was then appointed to a Research Fellowship at the University of Southampton.

David soon made Southampton a world-leading centre in the application of science to archaeological questions. He also played a fundamental role within the Department of Archaeology and the broader University. By 1990, he had become Professor of Archaeology, and served as Head of Archaeology between 1998 and 2001, and 2001 and 2003, and as Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Arts from 2000 to 2001. He proved an extremely able administrator and leader, providing junior colleagues with invaluable career guidance and advice. His great dedication and loyalty to the department continued after retirement (2004) until the present, and he remained a constant source of support to his colleagues in challenging times.

David was one of the most brilliant and pioneering archaeologists of his generation. In a career spanning fifty years, he admirably achieved his often-stated goal of building a bridge between science and archaeology. He did this by applying his highly versatile and enquiring mind to draw upon a range of methods and evidence in order to address clearly defined questions. He extended his geographical range and revolutionized our understanding of ancient trade and exchange patterns across Europe and the Mediterranean.

A turning point in David’s career came with his involvement in the British UNESCO excavations at Carthage, directed by Henry Hurst. These introduced him to Roman amphorae, and he rapidly began to exploit the rich potential that they offered his new approach to sourcing ancient ceramics. The later 1970s, 1980s and 1990s saw him transform our understanding of North African amphorae. The highpoint of this work came in the later 1980s when he undertook the first survey of amphora and pottery production across a wide swathe of North Africa from the Mediterranean coast to the Algerian border, which culminated in two landmark papers in the Journal of Roman Archaeology. His fascination with ceramic production also led him to move further afield to publish key papers about early Roman amphora production in Southern Spain, Italy and other parts of the Mediterranean.

While traveling extensively to undertake this kind of research, David noted that traditional potteries were rapidly disappearing across parts of Europe, and had the genius to realize that they could illuminate our understanding of ceramic production in the Roman and Medieval periods. Sustained research in the 1980s led to the publication of his highly influential study Pottery in the Roman World: an Ethnoarchaeological Approach (1982). This proposed a radical new model for the organization of the production and commerce of Roman ceramics, which is still a fundamental text for understanding economic activity in the Roman Empire. In many ways, the final distillation of David’s work on Roman amphorae is to be found in the brilliant Amphorae and the Roman Economy. An Introductory Guide (1986), which he published with David Williams. This opened up a complex subject to a very wide audience for the first time, and enabled much subsequent work by ancient historians and archaeologists that would not otherwise have been possible. It remains a landmark text on the subject.

David’s experience of working in North Africa, coupled with a growing interest in the exploitation and distribution of Roman decorative stone, rapidly led him eastwards to Egypt. For well over a decade, he was deeply involved in the survey and excavation of two of the greatest quarries in the Roman Empire. Mons Claudianus (1987-1993) was the first of these, and David directed the survey of the quarry field in a project directed by Professor Jean Bingen. It was followed by Mons Porphyrites (1994-1998), located in the remote fastness of the Eastern Desert, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the world. In this project, he co-directed the survey of the quarry field and excavation of the fort and other buildings with Valerie Maxfield. It was perhaps particularly appropriate that he should have found an inscription that referred to the first known field geologist from the Roman Empire, Caius Cominius Leugas, who had worked at the site in AD 18. The results of both of these projects, as well as additional analytical research into examples of stone from both quarries at museums across Europe, have profoundly changed our understanding of how Imperial quarries developed and were organized, and how their output was distributed to Rome for use in major Imperial monuments.  

Upon completing these projects, David turned his attention to the ports of the Red Sea, and in a characteristically brilliant piece of detective work, demonstrated that the site of Quseir-al-Qadim was the long-lost Myos Hormos, Rome’s principal port for trading with the Arabian peninsula and India. He followed this up with a major field project (1999-2003) largely funded by the Swedish industrialist Peder Wallenberg, and in which he and his collaborators Lucy Blue and Stephanie Moser traced the layout of the Roman port and its development, clarified the nature of Rome’s trade with India, and liaised closely with the local community to promote an understanding of their unique cultural heritage. His final field project took him and Lucy Blue southward beyond the confines of the Roman Empire to Eritreia, where he mapped out the ports of Adulis and Gabeza, with the support of the British Institute of East Africa.

David’s deep involvement in the archaeology of three of the most important Roman sites in Egypt provided him with a unique standpoint from which he was able to write the highly accessible syntheses of Roman Egypt in the Oxford History of Egypt (2006). It also provided him with the opportunity to test the application of non-destructive magnetic susceptibility analysis to a range of ornamental stones. By doing this he was able to trace the movement of certain kinds of ornamental stone across the Mediterranean, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, and to document the relationship of this commerce to the incense trade.

In the latter part of his career, David began to work more intensively on millstones, analysing a vast body of these humble artefacts from sites and museum collections around the world. He had long recognized their potential for studying ancient trade as well as for better understanding food production during the prehistoric, Roman and medieval periods. As ever, the scope of his research was wide, ranging from Britain to Italy and parts of the Near East, and involving experimentation with geochemical analytical techniques. He was particularly proud of his magnum opus on the subject, The Stone of Life (2013), which was the summation of this research, and which he published himself with the Highfield Press. This venture saw him become keenly interested in archaeological publishing and in recent years he devoted much time to enabling others get their work into the public domain via the Press.

David’s many academic achievements justly won him the recognition that he deserved. He had published some eighteen books and monographs, as well as countless articles and book contributions of the highest quality. He was invited to give keynote papers across the world, received many major grants from all the major research councils and trusts in the UK and overseas, and had sat on many advisory bodies in the UK and overseas. Active in working with major archaeological societies and organisations, such as the Society of Antiquaries of London and English Heritage, David was instrumental in promoting collaborations between academia, museums and heritage bodies. His brilliant contribution to archaeological science was justly recognized by the American Institute of Archaeology. It awarded him the prestigious Pommerance medal in 2012, an honour of which he was particularly proud. He was also awarded the Kenyon medal by the British Academy in 2012in recognition of his work in ceramics, petrology and the ancient economy.

Throughout his career, David supervised the research of a legion of PhD students whose wide range of projects matched his own interests, and many of whom have gone on to achieve important positions in universities across the UK and beyond. David was also a highly gifted and popular teacher at Southampton. He had that rare ability of being able to communicate scientific concepts in an accessible and stimulating way. He also knew how to help students see through the complexities of evidence for Roman production and trade and grasp the bigger picture. Above all, however, David always encouraged students to be ambitious and independent in pursuing their own research interests. Collaborations with research colleagues across the world was also a special attribute of David and he was greatly respected by the Egyptian colleagues with whom he worked .  

David’s most important quality of all, however, was his great humanity. He always had the time to lend support to his friends and colleagues, providing critical advice to many on how to pursue and ‘survive’ an academic career. Also, throughout his tenure as Head of Department and Head of Research for the Faculty of Humanities, David drew upon his great personal skills to help staff fulfill their ambitions in research and teaching. He also had an engaging sense of humour, happiest when regaling friends with stories with some of his unique travel experiences, particularly in Egypt.
David will be very sorely missed by all of those of us who had the singular honour and privilege of benefiting from his sharp mind, warmth, straight-forward approach  and brilliant sense of humour. He will be fondly remembered as an inveterate traveller and ‘explorer’, always looking for something new to discover in far distant and unfamiliar territory.  The academic world has lost a true pioneer and will be a much poorer place without him.

Our thanks to Fellows Simon Keay, David Hinton and Stephanie Moser for providing this obituary to us.

Lives remembered: Trefor M Owen, FSA

Fellow Trefor M Owen who died in February, aged 88, was a key figure in the development of folk-life studies in the British Isles. As curator (director in today’s parlance), he brought the Welsh Folk Museum, the open-air museum that is part of the National Museum of Wales, to academic pre-eminence and himself made a seminal contribution to the study of folk life and folk lore.  

A product of the Department of Geography at Aberystwyth–the first such department in Britain–he spent a year after completing his MA at the University of Uppsala, the pioneering centre for folk-life studies where he was heavily influenced by a visiting American lecturer, Robert Redford, who delivered his lectures on ‘The Little Community’. He was appointed to the staff of St Fagan's in 1953.

He made his name in 1959 with the publication of Welsh Folk Customs, a work that quickly came to be regarded as a pioneering study of seasonal customs in the British Isles, and on which he built his concept of ‘rescue ethnology’, recognising that much evidence was transmitted orally and was being increasingly lost. His increasing interest in the wider cultural framework of Wales’s past resulted in appointment in 1966 as a lecturer in Social Theory and Institutions at Bangor, where he became one of the first to teach sociology through the medium of Welsh.

Back at St Fagan's as curator in 1971, much of his 16 years as head of the institution was taken up by administrative matters, but he ensured the development of the academic credibility of the museum as well as a very considerable expansion of the open-air section with many new buildings re-erected. Part of the reason for his relatively modest publication output from then onwards was that he saw virtue in brevity and only published if he felt he had something new to say, but all his lectures and articles in Welsh and English alike were beautifully crafted, immaculately reasoned and penetrating in their analysis. Typical was his comment that much effort was expended in studying regional variations in vernacular architecture, whereas more might be learned by examining variations between examples of the same regional type.

Retirement in 1987 meant that he was unable to accept the signal honour of becoming the first British President of the Association of Open-air Museums, but he did serve as President of both the Society for Folk Life Studies and of the Cambrian Archaeological Association (for which he also acted briefly as editor). His last publication, The Pocket Guide to the Customs and Traditions of Wales (1991), was a masterpiece of compression.

Our thanks to Eurwyn Wiliam for providing this obituary to us.

Forthcoming Heritage Events

28 April 2015: 'Evidence set in stone? Twelfth-century sculptors and workshop practices in northern Palencia, Spain', lecture by Tessa Garton
The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland will host the lecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art, at 17.30, and it will be followed by a reception hosted by the Research Forum of the Institute. For questions and to book, email

16 May 2015: Heritage on the Line, a conference on the potential impact of HS2 on Buckinghamshire's heritage

If HS2 is constructed, it will carve its way not only through Buckinghamshire’s ancient Chiltern landscape and the Vale of Aylesbury but also a  substantial number of historic sites both above and below ground. Since the announcement of the line’s proposed construction, Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society has been active in raising heritage issues with HS2 Ltd and by increasing public awareness. This one-day conference will focus on HS2’s potential impact on many other significant locations—from Pleistocene deposits in which mammoth bones have previously been discovered, to Grims Ditch. The conference will assess problems raised by the line’s present route, but will also discuss the  research opportunities that could arise if it goes ahead. For further details see


Editor, Society of Antiquaries of London Online Newsletter (SALON)
Closing Date: 1 April 2015
As most readers are award, the former editor of Salon, Christopher Catling, has accepted a position as the Secretary of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. The Society is now looking for an Editor with strong links to the heritage sector to work on the same freelance or independent contract terms as Christopher did. If you are interested in the post (or know someone who might be), you can read about the opportunity and the tender process on our website. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Society to discuss the role before submitting a bid.

Volunteer Visitor Assistants, Magna Carta Through the Ages
Closting Date: 7 April 2015
Would you like to be a part of the national celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta? The Society will be staging a special exhibition where visitors will have the unique opportunity to see its three copies of the 'Great Charter' and explore the antiquarian interest in it through the centuries. The exhibition will be open Monday to Friday from 26 May to 31 July.  We are looking for volunteers to help with a range of activities during the exhibition including welcoming visitors, invigilating the exhibition, and assisting with the lunchtime lecture programme. No previous experience is necessary as training will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can download a Volunteer Application form at

PhD Studentship, fully funded by AHRC
Closing Date: 10 April 2015

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA), supervised jointly at the University of Nottingham and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). The title of the PhD studentship, one of three CDAs made by the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) between the RGS-IBG and the Royal Society of London, is Ancients and Moderns: British Classical and Oriental Geographies, c. 1815 – c. 1870. The project is fully funded for three years and will begin in September 2015. It will be supervised by Professors Mike Heffernan and Stephen Daniels (Nottingham) and Dr Catherine Souch (RGS-IBG). For details and how to apply, visit

Project Coordinator, Wales, Corpus of Romaneque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland
Closing Date: 27 April 2015
The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland (Corpws o Gerflunwalth Romanesg ym Mhrydain ac Iwerddon) aims to be a complete online record of all the surviving Romanesque sculpture in Britain and Ireland, surviving at more than 5,000 sites. Many sites are already available on the Corpus website. The Corpus is looking for a suitably qualified and experienced Project Coordinator to work on a self-employed basis raise to raise the profile of the Corpus in Wales and to create volunteer fieldwork capacity. The work will involve around 25 days work, initially, extending over a six to nine month period. Requirements for future work will then be reviewed. A Job Description and Person Specification is available at the Corpus website (

Secretary, City of London Archaeological Trust (CoLAT)
John Schofield Fellow intends to retire from the post of Secretary at The City of London Archaeological Trust (CoLAT) by the end of 2015, if a successor can be found. CoLAT was founded by the Museum of London and the Corporation of London in 1974 to attract funds in support of all kinds of archaeological work in the City of London and its environs. It also comments on matters of archaeology and planning in London, and argues for better presentation of monuments. The Trust has recently advertised a major grant of £80K for a single archaeological project financed by an endowment from Rosemary Green. The post is unpaid, but a small honorarium may be discussed. For further information see the Trust's website,


In the previous issue of Salon, we mistakenly reported that The Times obituary for the late Sheppard Frere, FSA, was written by Fellow Norman Hammond, who tells us that he neither wrote nor contributed to it. He simply ensured that Frere received an obituary in The Times (Times obituaries are by tradition anonymous: often they have several authors).

Fellow Alastair Maxwell-Irving also pointed out that In addition to the Frere obituaries in the Guardian and the The Times, there was another in the Daily Telegraph, and that It was worth reading them all, as no two were alike. He writes: 'I was fortunate to be a pupil at Lancing (1949-52) when “Sam Frere”, as we knew him, was a master there. During my last year, he was my classics master, and a hard taskmaster he was!
'But out of class he was another man. On the Downs near the school, there was the site of a Romano-British temple. When the farmer ploughed the adjacent field one year, we went over it systematically looking for shards of pottery and tiles; and it was then that Sam came to life, delighting in examining every piece and telling us what item it came from and its period. I still have some of the pieces. One year, he also gave a talk on the BBC about his excavations at Canterbury, and the whole school was directed to listen to it. In my last year, I helped him run the school museum, which sadly, I am told, has now been disbanded.
'I last saw Sam when he was excavating the Roman fort at Strageath, near Crieff, in the summer of 1975.'

Propose a Lecture or Seminar

Please email Renée 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 on 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 email Renée LaDue, the Society's Communications Officer, if you are interested in helping us organise such an event.


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