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Salon: Issue 306
14 October 2013

Next issue: 28 October 2013

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 Editor, Christopher Catling.
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Inside this issue

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17 October 2013: ‘5,000 years of Machair settlement: Iain Crawford and the legendary Udal, North Uist, Scotland’, by Beverley Ballin Smith, FSA
Beginning fifty years ago, Iain Crawford worked for more than forty years on the Udal peninsula in North Uist in the Western Isles, employing new and innovatory techniques and accumulating a remarkable collection of finds and site records covering a sequence of occupation from the Neolithic to the present day. His excavations have acquired mythical status because Crawford only publicised the most spectacular elements, he discouraged the visits of other academics, gave little information away, deterred researchers’ enquiries and then found the task of writing up too daunting. Since 2010, with the blessing of the Crawford family and the help of Historic Scotland and the Western Isles Council, a small team has assessed both the documentary archive and the collections. Next year we aim to embark on writing up the results and publishing the individual sites. Iain Crawford remains an enigma, and the story of the Udal is as much about him as what was discovered on site.

24 October 2013: ‘The copy of the 1215 Magna Carta in the Society of Antiquaries’ Black Book of Peterborough and new light on the negotiations at Runnymede’, by David Carpenter
The copy of the 1215 Magna Carta found in a late thirteenth-century cartulary of Peterborough Abbey, known as the Black Book of Peterborough, now in the possession of the Society of Antiquaries, has always been accepted as a straightforward copy of the authorised version of the 1215 Charter. This paper will demonstrate that it is not a copy and that it has variant readings in several places, some of which it shares with a copy of the Charter in the Huntington Library in California. The paper will also show that the Peterborough Black Book and the Huntington Library copies are part of a family of copies of the Charter with distinct differences from the authorised version, and it will explore the possibility that these copies preserve elements of drafts made at Runnymede, and thus throw new light on the course of the negotiations that took place there.

31 October 2013: Death in Paradise: archaeology and the transatlantic slave trade’, by Andrew Pierson, FSA
The tiny, remote island of St Helena was described as nothing less than an ‘earthly paradise’ when it was discovered in 1502. In the centuries that followed it became a vital way-station between Europe and the East Indies, where sailors recuperated and their ships were replenished. Between 1840 and 1872, however, the island took on a new role as a reception ‘depot’ for Africans rescued by Royal Navy patrols from illegal slave ships. But, whilst St Helena had long been the saving of European mariners, the same did not hold true for the freed slaves, who died in their thousands in a bleak camp in Rupert’s Valley. A recent archaeological project has investigated the ‘liberated African’ graveyards that grew up near the depot, now lost amidst a landscape of semi-desert scrub. This project’s findings provide a unique insight into the cruelties of the Middle Passage and into the lives and deaths of its victims.

7 November 2013: ‘Cistercian patronage in late medieval England: a re-evaluation’, by Michael Carter
In the early centuries of the Cistercian Order’s existence, their art and architecture had a characteristic austerity that was enforced by detailed legislation and reflected the desire of the Order to return to what they saw as a pure interpretation of the Rule of St Benedict. However, by c 1300 the full panoply of religious art could be encountered in a Cistercian context: the Order’s art and architecture had, according to the traditional narrative, ceased to be distinctive, and this is seen as evidence of the Order’s decline and spiritual malaise.

The talk will involve a reinterpretation of some well-known Cistercians buildings and artefacts at a number of northern Cistercian abbeys that were rebuilt at the end of the Middle Ages, demonstrating the vibrancy of the Order in the two centuries before the dissolution of the monasteries rather than showing decline. The financial arrangements that made such expenditure on art and architecture possible will be discussed, as will the motives and attitudes of late medieval Cistercians towards such artistic patronage.

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Re-Dating Early England: archaeological chronologies for the fifth to eighth centuries

This seminar is now fully booked. You will be able to watch videos of the papers given at the seminar shortly after the event. Those who have not been able to obtain tickets for this event might like to know that Fellows John Hines, Alex Bayliss and Chris Scull will be lecturing on the subject of ‘Anglo-Saxon graves and grave goods of the sixth and seventh centuries ― a new chronology and its implications’ on 21 January 2014 in Room 612 of the UCL Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Square, in the Institute of Archaeology / British Museum Medieval Seminar series 2013―14.

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Antiquity in a World of Change: celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Sir Thomas Smith (1513—77)

The speakers at this study day, to be held on 6 December 2013 (sponsored by our Society and the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and organised by Fellow Richard Simpson) will investigate the exceptional range of Sir Thomas Smith’s scholarly studies and his practical activities, helping us to understand how the analysis of antiquity in the sixteenth century provoked not only a desire for the recovery of the past, but also a critical and creative questioning of the present.

An early proponent of the recovery of Greek language at Cambridge, Smith’s readings in Greek philosophy and medicine informed a view of the natural world that stimulated practical undertakings in medical chemistry and alchemy. His early reading in Roman law suggests the beginnings of an engagement with Roman building, realised in his house at Hill Hall, witness to a rich complexity of cultural ambition and technical innovation (P Drury with R Simpson 2009: Hill Hall: a singular house devised by a Tudor intellectual, Society of Antiquaries, London).

One of the earliest English collectors of antique coins, Smith’s work on Roman, Greek and early English money directly informed his critical analysis of the economic and social distress that he witnessed in mid-sixteenth-century England. Wider questions of good governance — informed by his ambassadorial work in France and the Low Countries, as well as his study of ancient history — stimulated his examination of English monarchy, parliament and magistracy, resulting in his great work on the English constitution, De republica Anglorum (1583).

The study day speakers will explore just how far his influence spread, looking at the ‘singularity’ of his architectural achievement, and its contribution to the reception in England of the French Renaissance style in the later sixteenth century, and the way that his intellectual and practical investigations can be tracked in the rich diversity that informed late Elizabethan thinking on subjects as diverse as poetry and colonisation.

Early booking is strongly advised, as space is limited. Registration costs £15 per person and includes lunch and refreshments. To book, please email Executive Assistant Jola Zdunek or tel: 0207 479 7080.

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Public lectures

The Society’s public lecture on 22 October is now fully booked, but the talk, to be given by our Fellow Sam Mullins, Director of the London Transport Museum, based on his recently published book, Underground: how the Tube shaped London, will be broadcast after the event on the Society’s YouTube channel.

On 3 December 2013, Fellow Martin Brown will give a talk called ‘Spitfires and Pagodas: conflict archaeology in Burma 2013’, about the search for the Spitfires said to have been buried in Burma at the end of World War II. The hour-long lecture starts at 1pm, and tickets may be booked using the Society’s EventBrite page.

Looking further ahead, the following lectures will take place in 2014: ‘Mad, bad and dangerous to know: the medical history of King Henry VIII’, by Fellow Robert Hutchinson on 28 January; ‘Medieval graffiti: the hidden history of the parish church’, by Matthew Champion on 7 February; ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Hastings’, by Fellow Peter Marsden and Judy Ridd on 3 March; and ‘Historical dress: a project inspired by Janet Arnold’, by Nancy Hills, a Janet Arnold Award recipient, on 27 May 2014.

Ballot results: 3 October 2013

We welcome the following new Fellows of the Society, elected in the ballot held on 3 October 2013; as Honorary Fellows: Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, Research Professor Emeritus, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico; Leonardo López Luján, Professor, Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía, Mexico; Guo Zhan, Senior Commissioner, Dept of Cultural Heritage Protection, People’s Republic of China and Vice-President of ICOMOS; as Ordinary Fellows: Philip Bruce Kay, Investment Manager, Treasurer of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies and author of Rome’s Economic Revolution; Nigel Patrick Barker, London Planning and Conservation Director, English Heritage; Elizabeth Jane Popescu, Post-Excavation and Publications Manager, Oxford Archaeology; Dirk Brandherm, University Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast, specialising in the archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Ages in Europe and the Mediterranean; Annalisa Marzano, Reader in Ancient History at the University of Reading, specialising in Roman villas in Italy and the Roman exploitation of marine resources; Andrew Michael Jones, Archaeological Projects Team Leader, Cornwall Council.

The Archaeology Forum debate: political policies and archaeology

The Archaeology Forum, of which our Society is a member, hosted a debate on Monday 7 October, in the Society’s Meeting Room, in which representatives of the Green, Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative parties each explained their party's policies on heritage and archaeology. Our Fellow Martin Newman, of English Heritage, attended the debate and has summarised the proceedings and resulting social media comments for everyone to read.

Salon’s editor was not present, but reading Martin’s summary, it seems that the political parties are open to proposals from the heritage sector. Lord Stevenson for the Labour Party said that there ‘is no strong leadership for the heritage within government’, and that ‘the arts get more funding because there are more people shouting about it’ (points echoed by Fellows Lord Redesdale and Susan Greaney); he invited archaeologists to help contribute to the 2015 party manifestos. Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, said that he too would be ‘interested in papers establishing the state of archaeology today and outlining the future role of local authorities’.

TAF members said after the event that they would be following up this invitation, working with the All-Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group, to provide detailed policy and manifesto recommendations..

Heritage at Risk 2013

English Heritage launched the results of its annual ‘Heritage at Risk’ survey on 10 October 2013, announcing that the number of listed heritage assets considered to be at risk from neglect or decay had fallen by 131 since last year, to a new total of 5,700 (2012: 5,831). Fellow Simon Thurley, EH Chief Executive, also announced that the agency would be working with partners to achieve a 25 per cent reduction in the number of buildings at risk by 2015, citing the success of last year’s partnership with Natural England that led to the removal of ninety-seven at risk sites from the register, largely thanks to the Environmental Stewardship scheme, which rewards farmers and other owners for looking after heritage on their land.

The Romano-British town of Venta Icenorum in Norfolk was removed from the 2013 Heritage at Risk Register after the Norfolk Archaeological Trust bought a further sixty acres to safeguard the site.

What that 25 per cent figure means is not entirely clear: EH says it will be based on the 2010 figure of 4,955 sites at risk, so that would imply removing 1,238 assets from the register. Last year, however, EH said the aim was to ‘remove 309 buildings or structures from the 2010 Register by 2015’; even that lower figure is an ambitious target given the rising costs of repairs, and the fact that finding new uses for buildings at risk is always a challenge.

Last year EH also called on heritage and community groups to bid for contracts to carry out pilot studies designed to assess the state of England’s Grade II-listed buildings, for which there is no central ‘at risk’ register (the EH register only highlights the plight of Grade I and Grade II* structures). Grade II assets comprise 92 per cent of all designated heritage (some 345,000 structures). Those pilot projects resulted in 5,000 buildings being surveyed (about 1.5 per cent of the total); this has encouraged EH to draw up a scheme to ‘mobilise a volunteer heritage army’ to carry out surveys of the remaining 98.5 per cent, a move that EH describes ‘a first step to continued engagement in saving local heritage’, and a move that is ‘expected to enable thousands of passionate heritage fans to get more actively involved’.

To make this happen, EH plans, together with other heritage bodies, to ‘analyse the results of the pilots and come up with the best model for conducting surveys and an app for recording data while out on site and to make it possible for the data to be published once verified by local councils’. Simon Thurley also said that ‘for the many universities that now run heritage conservation courses, Grade-II surveys could provide the practical equivalent for students to archaeology students going on digs and will help to educate a whole new generation of heritage professionals’.

Oceanic climate change and underwater archaeology

Exactly a year ago, English Heritage launched its 'Heritage Calling' blog (a title perhaps thought up by a fan of The Clash), in which staff write about the projects they are working on. Last month it was the turn of our Fellow Mark Dunkley, a marine archaeologist within English Heritage’s Designation Department responsible for the protection of underwater archaeological sites. His work is receiving international interest for developing new and innovative ways to conserve and manage these fragile underwater remains in the face of the new environmental threats to cultural heritage and the built environment posed by climate change.

These include increased seawater temperatures, ocean acidification and changes in ocean circulation but there is another threat that might not be obvious to a non-specialist: even sea-level rise creates a problem, because it means that archaeologists have to dive deeper, and the deeper they dive the less time they can safely stay under water. The impact of ocean warming is already visible in UK waters in the shape of shipworms that are moving north from more southerly latitudes, having already reached Cornwall, Hampshire and Kent, chomping wooden structures as they go. Metal hulls, while immune to shipworm, are at risk from increased acidity, while changes in ocean current, says Mark, can have the effect of scouring the seabed, changing its topography, exposing and eroding wreck sites.

English Heritage archaeologist Mark Dunkley inspects an early iron cannon near the Farne Islands for signs of deterioration.

It is not just terrestrial sites that are at risk, therefore, and Mark’s job is to ensure that climate change factors are taken into account in developing mitigation programmes and for prioritising underwater archaeological research.

People power fails in Newport ...

Newport City Council notoriously showed little regard for its maritime heritage when in 2002 a fifteenth-century ship was found during the construction of the new Riverfront Arts Centre: it took a 24-hour vigil and pickets at the site mounted by local people to persuade the council to do the right thing and pay for the ship’s excavation and conservation at a time when the council argued that such a move would be too costly.

Ten years on, the council has again been accused by protestors of vandalising the city’s heritage after a popular mural was bulldozed last week to make way for a £100m shopping centre. The 35m (115ft) mosaic was made in ceramic and glass in 1978 by Kenneth Budd, and depicted the 1839 Chartist uprising led by John Frost, magistrate and mayor of Newport.

Frost was forced out of office for his radical views on universal suffrage; in protest, he led a march of around 3,000 people which was met by troops positioned at the Westgate Hotel who fired on the potestors, leaving many of them dead. Frost was convicted of treason and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered; this was commuted to transportation, which he survived, returning to Britain to campaign for political reform until his death in 1877, at the age of ninety-three.

The demolition highlights the plight of outstanding examples of public art that are not seprately listed and that are attached to structures that are themselves unremarkable. The Welsh heritage body Cadw declined to list the mosaic, and the city council said it would cost £600,000 to move the mural, addint that there was no guarantee that it would survive attempts to move it. Some 4,000 people signed a petition calling for the mural to be saved and 200 turned out to demonstrate at the demolition. Peter Rawcliffe, chair of Save Our Mural, told BBC Radio Wales people are ‘incandescent’ at the council’s actions.

... and in Bodmin

Last week we celebrated listed status for Preston Bus Station and Capel Manor House even as the bulldozers moved in to begin the demolition of Bodmin’s Foster Hall ― nothing to do with the architect Norman Foster, but a theatre designed by the renowned Cornish architect Silvanus Trevail to bring entertainment to patients in the former Cornwall Lunatic Asylum. Finished in 1906, it later became part of St Lawrence’s Hospital, which closed in 2002, since when it has been unused.

Described by our Fellow Matthew Saunders of the Ancient Monuments Society as ‘a really interesting building by one of the county’s great architectural sons, and one surrounded by local goodwill’, the hall has now been flattened, even though there are no imminent plans to do anything else with the site.

Cornwall Council used a controversial process known as ‘screening opinion’ to decided that no public consultation or Environmental Impact Assessment was needed prior to the removal of this historic asset, a decision based on the fact that the buildings were neither listed nor in a conservation area (it was, though, on the local list).

Fellow Paul Holden led the Cornish Buildings Group’s unsuccessful campaign to get the complex designated, with the support of, amongst others, the planning department at Cornwall Council, local MPs and councillors and several local and national groups including the Silvanus Trevail Society, the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, the Ancient Monuments Society and SAVE Britain's Heritage. English Heritage decided that the building did not meet national listing criteria, even though it was ‘undoubtedly a building of considerable local significance and resonance’.

Paul achieved significant national coverage for Foster Hall’s plight, most notably in Private Eye and Country Life, and questions were raised about the case in the House of Lords. Sadly it was all to no avail. Paul comments: ‘the loss of the Foster Complex is a great loss for Cornwall. It is the loss of a unique building type both in architectural merit and social function. The great sadness, however, is the lack of imagination shown by the owners and developers in thinking of new uses for these handsome buildings and the inability of local and interested groups and statutory consultees to influence the listing process; the building could have been restored, but no effort was put into that option.’

The leaseholder, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, maintains that it did ‘explore a number of options’ for the building, but that ‘unfortunately, mainly due to high conversion and the running costs for such a building, none of these has proved possible. We are aware other groups have similarly explored options and although all parties have undoubtedly worked hard on this issue, no viable option has evolved’.

Scotland the not so brave

Salon recently reported with approval a brave speech given by Scotland’s Heritage Minister, Fiona Hyslop, in which she said that the Scottish Government knew the value of arts and heritage and that archives, museums and libraries were safe in their hands, unlike down south where every week brings news of yet another series of closures as local authorities withdraw resources from anything that is not a statutory duty.

It seems, though, that the reality in Scotland is not so different: several Fellows have expressed concern, for example, at Dumfries and Galloway Council’s announcement that it is reviewing the region’s museums and arts facilities. Local people fear that the benignly named ‘Cultural Services Review’ is the prelude to the closure not just of the Gracefield Arts Centre and the Dumfries Museum, but also of Burns House (left), where Scotland’s national poet spent the final years of his life ― with its collection of original letters and manuscripts and relics of the poet, this is now a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world.

Such (to quote an early nineteenth-century satirical song written after Burns's death but very much in his spirit) are ‘The Rigs of the Time’ (‘rigs’ as in rigging, meaning ‘the bare truth’ as distinct from the sales hype).

Lanchester: birthplace of a unified kingdom?

Fellow Andrew Breeze is very much a persona grata in the small County Durham town of Lanchester, because he has put the town on the English history map by claiming it as the site of the critical Battle of Brunanburh, at which King Athelstan of Wessex crushed an invading army of Scots, Strathclyders and Dublin-based Vikings; by demonstrating that such unity was essential to protect England against invaders, the victory enabled Athelstan to unify England under his rule.

Andrew believes that Longovicium, the Roman fort in Lanchester, is the true site of the battle, which took place in AD 937. Bromborough, on the opposite side of the country, on the Wirral peninsula, is the currently favoured site and has a heritage trail explaining the battle to visitors. Our Fellow Michael Wood offered a third suggestion on TV recently, when he argued for a site on the banks of the River Went, near Doncaster.

‘There has been a mountain of discussion, speculation and argument on this and people have put it everywhere but I like to think I have got a clear and coherent answer to this question that has been vexing historians for 500 years’, Andrew told the Northern Echo newspaper.

Andrew says that Brunanburh is the Old English for ‘stronghold of the Browney’, and the only River Browney that fits the evidence is the one near Lanchester. Roman Dere Street, which was regularly used by Scottish invaders, crosses the river and leads straight to the Longovicium fort. Andrew will give a lecture on the subject to the Scottish Place-Name Society in Stirling in November.

News of Fellows

Our Fellow Professor Robin Fleming, of the Department of History, Boston College, has just been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. Such fellowships are popularly known in US academic circles as ‘genius awards’. They are given to ‘talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction’.The award is worth US$ 625,000 and is intended to enablerecipients to follow a programme of research of their own choosing.

Robin’s most recent book ― Britain after Rome: the fall and rise, 400―1070 (2010) ― combines archaeological and textual sources to examine the period from the end of the Roman occupation of Britain to the Norman Conquest.

In an interview with journalist Ruth Graham conducted after the announcement of the award, Robin said she was ‘still figuring out how to use the MacArthur money', given in instalments over five years, but that her main goal is 'to increase collaboration across disciplines, particularly between historians and archaeologists. Despite the natural overlap in their interests, they tend to employ different kinds of evidence, tell different kinds of stories about the past, and even publish their work in different formats', she said.


Our Fellow Stephen Shennan writes to say: ‘Further to Martin Biddle’s review of Lydia Carr’s book on Tessa Verney Wheeler’, ‘I can tell him that the plaque he mentions is on the wall in the Institute’s staff common room, looking across to the portrait of Wheeler himself on the opposite wall, and I can assure him that she is certainly not forgotten’.

Several Fellows got the joke in Salon’s review of the Northamptonshire Pevsner: the Corby Trouser Press has, of course, nothing to do with the town of Corby, having been invented by John Corby in 1930: his firm, still going strong and, according to their adverts, ‘serving the world’s premium hotels’, is, of course, based in Windsor. Fellow Tim Clough points out that the good people of Corby would have no need of such a device, the town being full of kilt-wearing Scotsmen who migrated south to work in the now-closed steelworks. As a resident of Oakham, proud member of the Rutland Local History and Record Society and, indeed, that society’s Honorary Editor, he feels compelled to point out that ‘one of the best things about Northamptonshire is that it is bordered, at least for a short distance along its northern edge, by the splendid little county of Rutland’.

Fellows who were born in Northamptonshire stood up for the charms of their native county: Fellow Paul Stamper, for example, revealed one reason for elevating Kettering to the halls of heritage fame: it has been the home since the early twentieth century of Charles Wicksteed & Co, the playground equipment manufacturer, whose products are seen to best advantage in Wicksteed Park (shown above; known to natives as ‘Wikkies’) but whose swings, slides, roundabouts and witches’ hats are found in playgrounds all over England and well beyond.

As for the reference to Kettering races, that was a genuine error ― a sort of mental malapropism, for there is no racecourse in Kettering; what the editor’s overtaxed brain was thinking of was Catterick.


14 October 2014: ‘Venice and the nineteenth-century art museum in Britain’, by our Fellow Giles Waterfield, being the Venice in Peril Fund autumn lecture, will take place at the Society of Antiquaries at 7pm. Giles will talk about the significance of Venice in the development of British museums in the nineteenth century, such as the National Gallery and the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A), as well as John Ruskin’s powerful influence on the architecture of town halls and museums. To buy tickets, visit the Venice in Peril Fund’s online shop.

15 October 2013: ‘Linking images and text in digital editions of Vetusta Monumenta’, by Kristen Schuster, University of Missouri, Columbia, a seminar to be held in the Anatomy Theatre Museum space, at King’s College London, Strand Campus. Published by our own Society between 1718 and 1906, Vetusta Monumenta is a series of papers representing ancient artefacts and buildings; multiple volumes and editions of the work exist, three of which now reside in Ellis Library, Special Collections, at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Although high-quality scans have been made, currently only limited descriptive, administrative or technical metadata exists. In an effort to remedy this situation a group of librarians and English Department faculties have begun collaborating to synthesise scholarly and historical commentary with images in order to explore the potential of linked data. Beginning as a ‘simple’ digital libraries project, it has since evolved into an exploration of the potential for descriptive metadata to enhance the value of digitised materials.

Further details of the seminar can be found on the King’s College London website.

16 October 2013: ‘Glastonbury Abbey: reinterpreting the Anglo-Saxon archaeology’, by our Fellow Roberta Gilchrist, Archaeology Lecture Theatre, G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Square, London, being the Fifth Sir David Wilson Lecture in Medieval Studies and the first lecture in the 2013―14 Institute of Archaeology / British Museum Medieval Seminar Series. The Lecture, a joint meeting with the Institute of Historical Research Earlier Middle Ages seminar, will take place at 5.30pm and will be followed by a launch party for the seminar series in the Institute’s Staff Common Room (6th floor, Room 609). The programme for the 2013―14 Institute of Archaeology / British Museum Medieval Seminar Series is available to download here.

17 October 2013: The Tradescant Lecture at the Garden History Museum, in Lambeth, will be given by Jennifer Potter (author of Strange Blooms: the curious lives and adventures of the John Tradescants) and our Fellow Karen Hearn, former Tate Curator and expert on seventeenth-century art. Their talk will uncover the history of the portrait miniature of John Tradescant the Younger that the museum has just acquired, with support from the Art Fund. To book, see the EventBrite website.

23 October 2013: Fellows Susan Oosthuizen (‘Tradition and transformation: explaining cultural change through the case study of the Anglo-Saxon landscape’) and Ben Cowell (‘Sir Robert Hunter, the National Trust, and the invention of “heritage”’) are among the lecturers in this autumn’s season of seminars at University College Suffolk, held on Wednesdays at 4.30pm. See the UCS website for further details.

7 November 2013: ‘From my Beloved Albert’, a talk on the personal jewellery of Queen Victoria by Fellow Geoffrey Munn, followed by a reception at which English sparkling wine will be served, in aid of Southwark Cathedral’s All Hallows project. For details and tickets, see the EventBrite website.

9 November 2013: '150 Years of Roman Yorkshire', York St John University, a day conference presented by the Roman Antiquities Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society and the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies to celebrate 150 years of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, with papers by leading experts that will review past understanding as well as presenting current research. For further details and a booking form please see the YAS website.

16 November 2013: ‘I Just Like Beautiful Things’, a study day at the V&A Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre, to celebrate the centenary of Sir Arthur Gilbert’s birth and the loan of the Gilbert Collection to the Victoria and Albert Museum; explore the taste, inspiration and ambitions of the Gilberts in the context of collecting in the twentieth century with speakers who will include Fellows Charles Sebag-Montefiore, Timothy Schroder and Timothy Wilson, as well as the esteemed German scholar Lorenz Seelig. The day is hosted by V&A curators, Fellow Tessa Murdoch, Acting Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass, and Gilbert Curator, Dr Heike Zech. For further details, see the V&A website.

30 November 2013: ‘Assessing the contribution of commercial archaeology to the study of Romano-British towns’, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, in collaboration with English Heritage, Cotswold Archaeology and the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, a day conference to discuss and debate the contribution of developer-funded archaeology to the study of the major Romano-British towns (coloniae and civitas capitals). The papers highlight the areas where much has been learned, and also those where comparatively little progress has been made, with an emphasis on those historic towns that have seen significant commercial work. The papers will help to inform future curatorial strategies and assist in the setting of research objectives for future investigations.

Find out more by going to the Cotswold Archaeology website.

30 November 2013: ‘Sharing the Field: art in the landscape and landscape archaeology’, a one-day conference taking place at the UCL Institute of Archaeology that will bring together artists and archaeologists and those from related disciplines to consider the interrelationships between site-specific art in the landscape and landscape archaeology. Participants will explore the value of artistic approaches to the interpretation of archaeological landscapes, from the deep past to the contemporary past, and conversely how the practice and results of landscape archaeology inform artistic approaches to urban, rural and industrial landscapes. The conference is a collaboration between the Institute and Red Earth, an international arts organisation specialising in creating site-specific work within, and in response to, prehistoric landscapes.

Further information from the EventBrite website.

Call for papers: Digital Past 2014

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) is planning its sixth annual conference on the use of digital technologies for capturing, interpreting and disseminating data on heritage sites and artefacts, to take place on 12 and 13 February 2014 at St George’s Hotel, The Promenade, Llandudno. Submissions are sought, ranging from formal presentations, seminars or workshops to less formal ‘unconference’ sessions or show stands. For further details see the RCAHMW website.

Call for papers: Research in Practice: the 2014 IfA conference: deadline 1 November 2013

Next year’s IfA conference will take place on 9 to 11 April 2014 at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. The broad theme of the conference is 'research and the ways in which archaeologists contribute new knowledge to a wider understanding of the human past'. Sessions, seminars and training workshops have already been planned, and the session organisers are now calling for offers of papers of around 20 minutes in length relating to these topics. Find out more by going to the IfA website.

UNESCO Memory of the World Programme: nominations invited

Nominations are now open for the UK Memory of the World National Register, a schedule of the documentary heritage that is considered to be culturally significant for the UK. UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme aims to promote the preservation of, and access to, the world’s archive holdings and library collections. Inclusion on the register is considered against a range of criteria, including authenticity, rarity, integrity, threat and social and spiritual or community significance. Anyone can make a nomination and all archive formats are eligible, including digital and audio-visual documents.

For further details of how to apply, see the UNESCO website. The deadline for nominations is 17 January 2014. If you would like to discuss a possible nomination with a member of the UK National Committee for the Memory of the World, just send an e-mail, giving a telephone number where you can be contacted and a brief description of the documentary heritage that you are considering for nomination. A member of the UK National Committee will telephone you to discuss your nomination.

Books by Fellows: Excalibur: essays in honour of Arthur MacGregor

The title of this volume, edited by Hildegard Wiegel and Fellow Michael Vickers, makes subtle play on the Christian name of the book’s honouree, our Fellow Arthur MacGregor, but also refers surely to that essential characteristic of a scholar that Arthur has in plenty, the ability to make fine and significant distinctions, or to be able to cut through steel as easily as wood or silk, the power attributed to the legendary Excalibur.

To extend the analogy still further, while many scholars specialise in one type of material ― wood, steel or silk ― you never know with Arthur what his next book will be about. The bibliography with which the volume starts shows that Arthur’s most recent works were the much-praised book on human and animal interactions, and an essay in a volume of papers on the history of geology, while his earliest published works were about a broch in his native Scotland, Frisian barred combs, microscopic wear patterns on bone skates and finds from a Roman sewer in York, where Arthur worked as Assistant Director of the York Archaeological Trust for seven years ― having already had two careers: joining the RAF as a boy entrant at the age of fifteen, he served as an armourer until the age of twenty-one, then he worked as a photographer for the Scottish Ministry of Public Buildings and Works for seven years before studying, as a mature thirty-one-year-old, for an MA in Prehistoric Archaeology at Edinburgh.

That omnivorous approach to knowledge is reflected in the sheer variety of essays in this volume, which range from Fellow Julian Munby’s census of the fifty-plus museums that have existed in Oxford at one time or another over the last 400 years ― he has great fun telling us about the pious retention by Oxford colleges of objects associated with their founders, including Wolsey’s cardinal’s hat (Christ Church), Routh’s wig (Magdalen) and Johnson’s teapot (Pembroke) ― to Thomas Mannack’s well-illustrated essay on the tin figures made as toys in Germany in the late eighteenth century and what they tell us about children’s education in the classics at the time. Every essay, whether on libraries, sculpture galleries, provincial English museums, or the art collections of Charles I, Sir Arthur Evans, George IV, Giovanni Piero Camapani, Robert Pashley and Prince Poniatowski, reflect one or more of Arthur’s interests, and each of them is written with affection and gratitude for the friendship and the exemplary model of learning, industry and unflappable equanimity that is Arthur MacGregor.

Excalibur: essays on antiquity and the history of collecting in honour of Arthur MacGregor, edited by Hildegard Wiegel and Michael Vickers; ISBN 9781407311302; BAR International Series 2512, 2013

Books by Fellows: Animals as Neighbors: the past and present of commensal animals

Someone who shares Arthur’s interest in animal and human interaction is our Fellow Terry O’Connor, Professor of Archaeological Science at the University of York, whose latest book concerns what he terms ‘commensal’ animals and birds ― those that are neither wild nor domesticated, but that have accommodated themselves to the conditions that humans have created, becoming part of our everyday lives: blackbirds, jackdaws and pigeons, rats and mice and urban foxes, for example. Terry argues that archaeologists tend to analyse animal bones in terms of what they tell us about agriculture, food and ritual, whereas there is much to be learned about the way that humans have shaped the environment by studying the animals that have adapted to those ecosystems, with or without our knowledge and encouragement.

Animals as Neighbors: the past and present of commensal animals, by Terry O’Connor; ISBN 9781611860955; MSU Press, 2013

Books by Fellows: Masterpieces: art and East Anglia

This is another book remarkable for its diversity, being the catalogue of the must-see exhibition of the same name that is on at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art until 24 February 2014. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the University of East Anglia, and the unveiling of the newly refurbished Sainsbury Centre galleries, catalogue editor and guest curator Ian Collins has invited some eighty or so art and archaeology experts (many of whom are Fellows) to select and write about significant ‘masterpieces’ from the region, borrowed from some sixty public and private collections.

The oldest object in the exhibition, chosen by Richard Hoggett, is the Happisburgh handaxe, 700,000 years old and beautifully photographed for the catalogue so that it looks like one of the twenty-first-century abstract works that feature on the pages at the other end of the catalogue and of the timescale:  Maggi Hambling’s richly atmospheric Big Sea, May 2005, in which her energetic brush strokes, conveying the sense of a sea in turmoil, echo the curved striations that cover the surface of the flint.

Spotting such juxtapositions is part of the joy of this volume and the exhibition, whose contents remind us what a key role East Anglia has played in history. They include the Middle Bronze Age Oxborough dirk (chosen by Fellow Andrew Rogerson), spoons from the Thetford Treasure (Catherine Johns), the Mildenhall Great Dish (John Mitchell), the Hoxne Hoard pepper pot (Neil MacGregor), an Anglo-Saxon square-headed broach (Veronica Sekules), the Holt bracteate (Anthony Thwaite), the Bury Bible (Sandy Heslop), the King John Cup (Simon Thurley), misericords from King’s Lynn (Charles Tracy), the Reade Salt (Christopher Hartop), the very moving portrait of The Saltonstall Family (1636―7), by David des Granges, showing Sir Richard Saltonstall’s first wife on her deathbed and his second wife seated calmly alongside nursing one of their children (John Blatchly), objects as diverse as Suffolk chairs and Norfolk shawls and works of art by Constable, Cotman, Crome and Turner, Hepworth and Hitchens.

Books as eclectic as this sometimes add up to less than the sum of their parts, but this one grows into a portrait of a region, partly through the choice of objects, partly through the way that the contributors write about their chosen objects, emphasising the East Anglian connection: and this is a region whose landscapes, skies and heritage continue to inspire art and artists, as the most recent exhibits show, whether in the form of Robin Welch’s colourful ceramics, Margaret Howell’s clothing designs and photography, or John Maclean’s stained-glass window designs for Norwich Cathedral (chosen by our Fellow the Reverend Canon Jeremy Haselock, the cathedral’s Precentor and Vice-Dean).

Masterpieces: art and East Anglia, edited by Ian Collins; ISBN 9780946009626; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, 2013

Books by Fellows: Anglo-Saxon Graves and Grave Goods

The publication of this massive work, edited by Fellows John Hines and Alex Bayliss, anticipates the seminar that the Society will host on 8 November 2013, but it is not likely to detract from the papers at that event to reveal the broad conclusions in advance.

As a result of a similar Bayesian re-dating exercise to the one that produced a new chronology for Neolithic monuments and practices two years ago, we now have a much clearer idea of the chronology of the Anglo-Saxon Conversion period, the sixth and seventh centuries AD. The published evidence consists of a series of charts refining the carbon dates from some 572 Anglo-Saxon burials, using Bayesian algorithms to narrow the dates based on site stratigraphy and the typological sequences for such grave goods as clothing, weapons and dress fittings.

The results suggest that furnished burial, seen as indicative of pagan practice, ended abruptly in the AD 670s and 680s, and that the switch to Christian burial practice was swift, universal and considerably earlier than previously thought. Significantly, the sudden end of furnished burial coincided almost exactly with the period when Theodore of Tarsus was Archbishop of Canterbury (AD 669―90).

According to Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Theodore of Tarsus ‘was the first archbishop whom the whole church in England agreed to obey’. He arrived in England in May AD 669 and swiftly visited all of the Anglo-Saxon parts of Britain, issuing instructions on orthodox Christian practice. This conclusion suggests that burial rite was seen as a major concern, something not recorded in historical sources.

In a press release put out by English Heritage, joint sponsor of the project with Cardiff University and the Queen’s University Belfast, our Fellow Professor John Hines from Cardiff University said: ‘Over a period of at least a century starting in the second half of the sixth century, a series of radical changes in burial practice coincided with hugely important developments in social and political organisation, economic life and institutional religion in England. All of these must be interrelated. However, the exact contemporaneity of the end of traditional furnished burial and Theodore’s reign as Archbishop of Canterbury is striking, and unlikely to be a mere coincidence. It sheds new light on how Christianity consolidated its hold over the lives and experiences of everyone in England, and how ideas and practices that have prevailed for centuries took shape in this turning point in our history.

‘Theodore was remembered and admired as an outstanding executive of the early Church in England. If our interpretation of the abrupt and comprehensive change in burial practice which saw the final demise of the older tradition is correct, he effected a truly comprehensive shift which brought the lives of everybody in Anglo-Saxon England into a common framework defined by the anticipation of how their body would be treated in death, and not even the Viking invasions and conquests two centuries later would alter this.’

Anglo-Saxon Graves and Grave Goods of the Sixth and Seventh Centuries AD: a chronological framework, edited by John Hines and Alex Bayliss; ISBN 9781909662063; Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 33, 2013

Books by Fellows: Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles: early Anglo-Saxon coins and continental silver coins of the North Sea, c 600—760

Coinciding chronologically with the same period as the previous work, this book by our Fellow Anna Gannon, Fellow of St Edmund’s College Cambridge, is dedicated to the British Museum’s collection of Anglo-Saxon and Continental silver coins from the North Sea area from the early seventh to the mid-eighth centuries. This is, says Anna, ‘a coinage of major significance that circulated during the age of Sutton Hoo and the Lindisfarne Gospels, justly celebrated for its artistic accomplishment’.

The last time that this part of the British Museum’s collection was documented and published was in 1887 and since then the collection has more than tripled in size: this highly illustrated volume, accompanied by a significant introduction setting this complex coinage in context, thus features more than 850 coins, together forming one of the world’s largest, oldest and most representative collections. The Sylloge complements Dr Gannon’s book The Iconography of Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage (sixth to eighth centuries), which was published by Oxford University Press in 2003, and reprinted as a paperback in 2010.

Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles 63: British Museum Anglo-Saxon Coins I. Early Anglo-Saxon Gold and Continental Silver Coinage of the North Sea Area, c 600―760, by Anna Gannon; ISBN 9780714118239; British Museum Press, 2013

Books by Fellows: The Pleasure of Unravelling Secrets

This posthumously published work brings together a collection of writings on the topography, buildings and archaeology of Swansea and Gower by our late Fellow Bernard Morris, who died in April 2012 at the age of seventy-nine. For sixty years Bernard wrote on the history and archaeology of his native Swansea and the surrounding area, with a particular interest in how the region’s heritage was portrayed in paintings and drawings from the seventeenth century onwards.

Fellow Edith Evans, Heritage and Outreach Manager at Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd, says that ‘Bernard’s knowledge of these, and of the associated documentary history, was phenomenal, and he was always delighted to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with others’.

A chartered surveyor by profession, Bernard spent his working life in the Estates Department of Swansea City Council, where he rose to be City Estate Agent in 1977, a position he held until he retired in 1989. Much of his work was published by the Gower Society, both in its journal Gower and as a number of monographs.

The Gower Society, along with the Royal Institution of South Wales, the Cambrian Archaeological Association, West Glamorgan Archive Service, the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust and the South Wales Industrial Archaeology Society, and several friends and colleagues, have pooled their resources for the production of this volume whose title, The Pleasure of Unravelling Secrets, is taken from one of his own essays on a topographical painting, and is a reflection of the delight he took in meticulously researching a particular place or picture, and setting it in its time and place, all lucidly set out in beautifully crafted prose.

The Pleasure of Unravelling Secrets: contributions to Swansea and Gower history ― a compilation of the best of Bernard Morris’s writings

Books by Fellows: An Introduction to Scottish Ethnology

This book is volume 1 (though the last to be published) of a fourteen-volume compendium of Scottish ethnology that records Scotland’s traditional culture, with individual volumes dedicated to farming, buildings, boats and fishing, food, domestic life, working life, community life, literature, education, law, religion, transport and communications.

The project was the brainchild of our late Fellow Sandy (Alexander) Fenton, who died on 9 May 2012 at the age of eighty-two, and who is the joint editor of this volume along with Margaret Mackay. The series grew out of Sandy’s career in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland and National Museums of Scotland, and he sets out his reasons for undertaking such an ambitious project in the second of two introductory essays in this volume: ‘A history of ethnology in Scotland’. In the first essay, ‘Ethnology as a subject’, he also discusses the history of ‘folk culture’ studies in wider terms, and the ways in which the methodologies employed have evolved ― both essays are well worth reading in their own right for a historiography of the genre.

Elsewhere in this packed volume, there are thoughtful essays on museums and archives, sources and resources, and on the practice of ethnography. Fellow Hugh Cheape, who has been closely connected with all fourteen volumes (Sandy Fenton was his first boss at the NMAS), contributes an article on material culture and makes a plea for interdisciplinarity, citing several examples of misinterpretation that have arisen because of a too narrow disciplinary focus, and for national museums to fulfil the role of representing national culture, not Tutankhamun or the wedding presents of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The book is an appetiser for the larger series, and once digested contains numerous pointers towards future research: fourteen volumes, even ones as large as these, merely scratch the surface. The European Ethnographical Research Centre that Sandy Fenton founded in 1989 continues to thrive within the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh, where it has just begun a comprehensive study of the ethnography of Dumfries and Galloway (ironically, given the news reported in ‘Scotland the not so brave’, above), the first of a series of new cultural landscape investigations, pointing the way to many more decades of fruitful recording and research.

This is the sort of book that needs to be written for every nation that still has vestiges of centuries-old ways of life that have yet to be eradicated by the irresistible forces of globalisation ― starting urgently with the countries of the former Soviet bloc that have so far escaped the impacts on their people and environments of industry, agribusiness, roads and cars, McDonald’s and Hollywood.

An Introduction to Scottish Ethnology, edited by Alexander Fenton and Margaret A Mackay; ISBN 9781906566067; Birlinn Ltd, 2013

Books by Fellows: The Making of a Cultural Landscape: the English Lake District as tourist destination 1750―2010

The concept of the ‘cultural landscape’ was one that became enshrined in UNESCO terminology in the 1990s at the dawning of the recognition that natural heritage and cultural heritage were not separate realms, but are as integral and inseparable as the Christian concept of the Trinity: thus the term came to be used to designate significant parts of the globe that ‘represent the combined works of nature and of man’. The possibility of the Lake District becoming just such a World Heritage Site has been under discussion since at least 1999. As the application process grinds slowly forward at the speed of those glaciers that represent one of nature’s contributions to the distinctive form of the Lake District, this book considers man’s contribution ― at least that part of it that dates from the beginning of the Romantic movement in literature and tourism (for an account of the Neolithic to Iron Age archaeology, try Cairns, Fields and Cultivation: archaeological landscapes of the Lake District uplands, by Jamie Quartermaine and Fellow Roger H Leech, Oxford Archaeology North, ISBN 9781907686078).

Edited by our Fellow Jason Wood and John Walton, this volume includes essays by a number of Fellows, including Susan Denyer, now Secretary of ICOMOS-UK and World Heritage Adviser to ICOMOS, but who once had responsibility for the National Trust’s very significant property holdings in the Lake District, who sets the scene with a paper called ‘The Lake District Landscape: cultural or natural?’; Melanie Hall, who considers the impact of ‘American tourists in Wordsworthshire’ (as an aside, Salon’s editor thinks that there are possibly far more Japanese tourists in the Lake District these days than American: Wordsworth’s poetry and the almost crafted appearance of the Lake District landscape has an enormous appeal to Japanese sensibilities; what is more, Beatrix Potter’s books are widely used in Japan today for teaching English); Adam Menuge, who writes about ‘Tourism and the Lake District villa’, that specific form of hotel and private house architecture that dates from the period when the railway began to make the Lake District accessible; and Jason Wood himself, who singles out Furness Abbey as a case study of the conversion of a ruin into a visitor attraction.

The other essays consider subjects as varied as Wordsworth and the Romantic construction of literary tourism in the Lake District, the landscape encountered by the first tourists, the origins and development of mountaineering and rock-climbing tourism in the Lake District, and the post-industrial picturesque. The book brings the story up to date by looking at current issues in conservation, policy and tourism marketing, and offers insights into the history of cultural and heritage tourism in Britain and beyond.

The Making of a Cultural Landscape: the English Lake District as tourist destination 1750―2010, edited by John K Walton and Jason Wood; ISBN 9781409423683; Ashgate, 2013

Books by Fellows: The Iron Age on the Northumberland Coastal Plain

The subtitle of this book by Fellow Nick Hodgson plus Jonathan McKelvey and Warren Muncaster might well be ‘how Hadrian’s Wall brought an agrarian civilisation of long-standing to an end’. Based on three developer-funded excavations conducted in 2002―8, in advance of surface mining and developments at Newcastle Great Park, the authors report on three Iron Age earthwork enclosures, whose development from the late Bronze Age through to AD 200 Is closely tracked through some sixty radiocarbon dates. In common with much of north-eastern England southwards to the Wash, they found that the landscape had already been divided up by pit-defined boundaries by 700 BC and that the predominant settlement form consisted of squarish enclosures, measuring typically 40m by 50m, containing a cluster of roundhouses and, sometimes, a large central dwelling. These were not isolated enclosures but often occurred in pairs, or sometimes with concentric arrangements of smaller settlement enclosures, surrounded by a larger enclosure, itself subdivided into smaller subsidiary settlements, a development possibly arising from partible inheritance and several families living in a settlement. The biggest roundhouses had a diameter as great as anywhere in southern Britain and might have had two storeys, with cattle accommodated on a low-ceilinged ground floor and the human inhabitants living above.

Rather than flourishing in the Roman period, all these sites came to an abrupt end in the second century AD. Contrary to the view that Hadrian’s Wall was a backcloth against which rural life carried on much as before, the authors argue that the Wall had a destructive effect on traditional Iron Age life, just as parts of the Roman frontier in south-western Germany resulted in the formation of a colonised landscape. It is uncertain, they say, whether settlements north of Hadrian’s Wall were abandoned as an act of policy, perhaps by the imposition by imperial authorities of a cleared zone north of the frontier line, or whether the former dense settlement pattern simply could not be sustained in the zone between the permanent Roman frontier and new power groups developing further north.

It raises questions about the dense series of sites of later Iron Age type known from air-photographic survey that lie very close to Hadrian’s Wall. It has been assumed that these are contemporary with the Wall, or overlie the earlier settlements of people who lived in the shadow of the Wall, little bothered by the Roman military presence. The authors conclude that we need now to ask whether any of them was, in fact, really occupied contemporaneously with the Wall.

The Iron Age on the Northumberland Coastal Plain, by Nick Hodgson, Jonathan McKelvey and Warren Muncaster; ISBN 0905974905; Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Archaeological Monograph 3, 2012

Library gifts: July to September 2013

The Society is very grateful to the donors of the following books, given to the Library in the period from July to September 2013. The online catalogue has further details.
  • From the author, Derek Adlam, FSA, The Great Collector: Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (2013)
  • From the editor, Steven Brindle, FSA, ‘The itinerary of King Henry III, 1216―72’, by T Craib, edited and annotated by Steven Brindle and Stephen Priestley (typescript, no date)
  • From Martin Cherry, FSA, Glossary of Prehistoric and Historic Timber Buildings: French, English, Dutch, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish and Czech, Studies in Landscape and Settlement History in the Southern North Sea Region 3 (2012)
  • From Derrick Chivers, FSA, From Holy Island to Durham: the contexts and meanings of the Lindisfarne Gospels, by Richard Gameson (2013)
  • From the author, Rebecca W Corrie, ‘Sicilian ambitions renewed: illuminated manuscripts and crusading iconography’, Studies in Iconography, 34, 47―102 (2013)
  • From David Crossley, FSA, Saugus Iron Works: the Roland W Robbins excavations, 1948―53, edited by William A Griswold and Donald W Linebaugh (no date)
  • From the author, Christopher Hartop, FSA, East Anglian Silver 1550―1750 (2004); A Noble Pursuit: English silver from the Rita Gans Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2010); Geometry and the Silversmith: the Domcha Collection (2008); British and Irish Silver in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (2007); The Huguenot Legacy: English silver 1680―1760 from the Alan and Simone Hartman Collection (1996)
  • From the author, Carolyn Heighway, FSA, Gloucester Cathedral South Aisle: archaeological recording 1996 to 2012, Gloucester Cathedral Archaeological Report 98/F (2012)
  • From the author, Birgitta Hoffmann, FSA: The Roman Invasion of Britain: archaeology versus history (2013); Römisches Glas aus Baden-Württemberg, Archäologie und Geschichte 11 (2002)
  • From Maurice Howard, FSA (President), Danny House: a Sussex mansion through seven centuries, by Colin Brent and Judith Brent (2013)
  • From the author, Robert Hutchinson, FSA: Archaeological Investigation of St Mary’s Church, Clymping, West Sussex 2012 (2013); Archaeological Investigation of St Mary’s Church, Pulborough, West Sussex 2011―12 (2013)
  • From Simon Swynfen Jervis, FSA, Il Serraglio di Pietra: la Sala degli Animali in Vaticano, by Alvar González-Palacios (2013)
  • From William D Newton Newey, The People who made Wells Cathedral more than Stone and Glass, by Simon Garrett and Anne Crawford (2013)
  • From the joint author, Brian Philp, FSA, Escavações Arqueológicas no Forte de São José, Funchal: três séculos de humanização de um rochedo à beira-mar, by Brian Philp, Elvio Sousa and Rafael Nunes (2013)
  • From the joint author, Mark Purcell, FSA, Treasures from Lord Fairhaven’s Library at Anglesey Abbey, by Mark Purcell, William Hale and David Pearson (2013)
  • From Dragan Radović, ‘The Roman town of Doclea’, in Montenegro, by J A Munro et al (2010)
  • From the author, Nicholas Stanley-Price, FSA, Imperial Outpost in the Gulf: the airfield at Sharjah (UAE) 1932―52 (2012)
  • From the co-author, Timothy Stevens, FSA, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1873―2000, by Edward Morris and Timothy Stevens (2013)
  • From the author, Howard J Thomas, FSA, St Nicholas: the lost mother church of Barry (no date)
  • From the co-author, Malcolm Thurlby, FSA, The Herefordshire School of Romanesque Sculpture and The Anarchy in Herefordshire, by Malcolm Thurlby and Bruce Coplestone-Crow (2013)
  • From Isabella Vitti, Pottery in Archaeology (2nd edn), by Clive Orton and Michael Hughes (2013)
  • From Jane Wainwright (bequest of Clive Wainwright, FSA): Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites, by Jon Whiteley (1989); Morris & Company in Cambridge, by Duncan Robinson, FSA, and Stephen Wildman (1980); In Fine Print: William Morris as book designer (1976); Thomas Hope 1769―1831 and the Neo-Classical Idea, by David Watkin, FSA (1968); The Works of William Morris (3rd edn), by Paul Thompson (1991); Layard of Nineveh, by Gordon Waterfield (1963); The Life and Works of Sir Charles Barry, RA, FRS, by the Revd Alfred Barry (1867)
  • From the co-editor, Hildegard Wiegel, FSA, Excalibur: essays on antiquity and the history of collecting in honour of Arthur MacGregor, edited by Hildegard Wiegel and Michael Vickers, BAR International Series 2512 (2013)
  • From David Wilson, FSA: The Kingdom of Kush: handbook of the Napatan-Meroitic civilization, by László Török, Handbook of Oriental Studies: the Near and Middle East 31 (1997); Meroe City, An Ancient African Capital: John Garstang’s excavations in the Sudan, by László Török, Egypt Exploration Society Occasional Publications 12 (1997); Et archaeologisk Vikingetog: J J A Worsaaes rejse til England, Skotland og Irland 1846―7, by Jørgen Jensen (2007)


Heritage Lottery Fund: committee member opportunities across England
Closing date: 28 October 2013

The Heritage Lottery Fund is looking to recruit two committee chairs (one to lead the London committee and the other to lead the East Midlands committee) and at least six committee members to five committees (East of England, East Midlands, London, South East England and West Midlands) to help make decisions on heritage projects across England. Find out more by going to the HLF website.

Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford: Curator of Nineteenth-century Decorative Arts
Salary range £29,541 to £36,298; closing date 31 October 2013

Further information from the Ashmolean website.

The Leverhulme Trust: various Fellowships
Research Fellowships (closing date 7 November 2013), International Academic Fellowships (closing date 7 November 2013), Study Abroad Studentships (closing date 13 January 2014) and Emeritus Fellowships (closing date 6 February 2014). Further information from the Leverhulme Trust website.

University of Cambridge: The Regius Professorship of History
Closing date: 29 November 2013

To succeed Sir Richard Evans, who retires in October 2014. Further information from the Cambridge University website.

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