Salon: Issue 371
19 September 2016
Next issue: 3 October 2016
The Society of Antiquaries of London Online Newsletter (Salon) is a fortnightly digest of heritage news. It focuses on the activities of the Society and the contributions that the Society's Fellows make to public life. A copy of Salon’s editorial policy can be found on the Society’s website.
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From the Desk of the General Secretary
Three-Year Research Grant Programme Continues
The Society awards research grants on an annual basis, but most applications for support are from projects of several years’ duration. In 2014, the society was able to award a three-year grant to a PASt Landscapes project in South Wiltshire (excavating a Roman villa and temple) thanks to a generous donation from Fellow Tristan Hillgarth
. In the current application round, the Society is able to offer another three-year grant of £5,000 per annum thanks to the generous support of Fellow Dr Edward Harris
For eligibility, conditions and the application process for this award and others, please visit our website
Filming Antiquity: Moving Images of 1930s Excavations
Fellows are guests are encouraged to join us on Friday, 23 September (17.30 - 19.30) for a very special presentation by Fellow Amara Thornton and Michael McCluskey (University College London), collaborators on the 'Filming Antiquity' project.
The project was funded in spring 2014 to digitise, research and present the home movies of the British archaeologist Gerald Lankester Harding FSA
. Harding began his career in archaeology with Flinders Petrie in 1926 at Tell Jemmah, in what was then British Mandate Palestine. The footage currently being researched by Filming Antiquity dates to the late 1920s and early 1930s, when Harding was working on the sites of Tell Fara, Tell Ajjul and Tell ed-Duweir. The presentation will showcase Harding's life and work as captured on screen, setting the footage in the context of interwar excavations and the history of cinema.
Tickets are £5.00
and include a glass of wine upon arrival. For more information or to book, visit our website
. Concessions are available (contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Manager: Kelmscott and Morris: Past, Present and Future
We have started Phase 1, Development, of our Heritage Lottery Fund supported project at Kelmscott Manor, and we are now inviting offers of Project Management Services (see the Project Manager posting under ‘Vacancies’). The planning work is scheduled to be completed by December 2017. Phase 1 will cost approximately £430,000 and will enable us to take the ideas we submitted in our application and work them up into detailed plans. This will involve us appointing the Project Manager in November 2016, followed by the appointment of an architect and design team, a business planner and an audience development planner. The Design Team will produce solutions to our urgent repair problems as well as improving our display and visitor facilities. Our assumptions on visitor numbers and the feasibility of our suggested opening pattern will be analysed and tested in great detail to ensure that whatever project we do proceed with will be financially viable. One of our main concerns is that we manage visitors more effectively in the future so that we avoid the peaks and troughs and limit numbers through pre-booked timed-ticketing.
Phase 2, Delivery, will last from March 2018 to December 2020 and will cost approximately £5.5 million. This stage will implement the detailed plans drawn up in Phase 1. It will see the major repairs to the barns, out-buildings and the Manor house, as well as the improvements to our visitor facilities and displays. The new, repaired and improved Manor will be ready for opening in April 2021.
This project has been supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund.
News for the Antiquaries Journal
Update on Volume 96
Papers for Volume 96 – the final volume of the Antiquaries Journal
to be published under the editorship of Kate Owen – are available to be read online as FirstView
. To access these papers, please log onto the Fellows’ Area
of the Society’s website, click on ‘Library resources
’, and go to the link for the Antiquaries Journal
. Meanwhile, the print volume is being prepared for press and is on schedule to be dispatched in time for publication in October 2016
Call for Papers (Volume 97)
Papers are sought for Volume 97 of the Antiquaries Journal
. Papers should take an overview of a particular period, issue or set of problems, be based on primary research, and be no more than 10,000 words. For further information on submitting a paper, please see the 'Publications
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Open House London 2017
The Society's President, Gill Andrews, and staff opened our Burlington House apartments to the public on Saturday, 17 September
, as part of the city-wide event, Open House London. We organised guided tours every half hour (all of which were full!), and visitors learned more about the building, collections and history of our Society. Visitors were also able to explore each of the other Societies around the courtyard, a centre of arts, heritage and science in Central London.
I thought I’d open this edition of Salon on a high note, with two spectacular new discoveries. From Çatalhöyük in Turkey, comes this perfect stone figurine (17cm long). It was found at the long-running excavations at the Neolithic site by Stanford University, led by Ian Hodder. The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which released the news on 13 September, said the figure dates from 5500–8000 BC. Hodder suggested it represented an older high-status female. The photo is by Jason Quinlan, and the drawings below by Kathryn Killackey, illustrator for the Çatalhöyük Research Project.
In Jordan, at the ancient city of Petra, excavations co-directed by Tom Parker FSA of North Carolina State University have found these two second century AD marble statues (below), revealed on 15 September. Parker says that not only are the statues remarkably well preserved, but that both have paint on their surfaces. Argued to represent Aphrodite/Venus, they stood in an urban villa until they were packed into storage when the building was abandoned.
Having been uncovered in controlled research excavations, these three carvings will be immeasurably better conserved, studied, understood, preserved and exhibited than would have been the case had they fallen prey to looters, traders and collectors.
Ed Vaizey: Here Today and Here Tomorrow?
In an interview for The Times
(subscription), Ed Vaizey (left, centre) told Richard Morrison that one of his proudest achievements as a long-serving Arts Minister, was to separate what is now Historic England and English Heritage – the research and statutory side, and the public and commercial operations respectively, of what had been known since 1984 as just English Heritage.
‘I realised English Heritage had been badly treated in terms of funding by this government and the last one,’ said Vaizey, who was removed from his post by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May. ‘We treated them the same as we did the Arts Council – forgetting that, while the Arts Council was treated well by the last Labour government, English Heritage’s funding had been cut. I think it will now be a success. Given what seems to be The Times
’s current hostility towards the National Trust,’ he added, referring to continuing coverage of a row about a land purchase in the Lake District, ‘I hope you will welcome what is now a viable alternative.'
Vaizey addressed the House of Commons on 13 September on the subject of arts funding (having been reminded by the Chair that he had to begin by moving the motion), which he framed as a substitute resignation speech. He congratulated arts and heritage organisations for their success in fundraising, but emphasised that Government money, though ‘only a small proportion of their overall funding’, ‘is vital’, providing core funding and attracting additional money. ‘A grant from the Government, Arts Council England or the Heritage Lottery Fund is a great vote of confidence that ends up acting as a catalyst for attracting private sponsorship and commercial funding.’ A theatre tax break has been successful, an orchestra tax break is just getting going, and an exhibitions tax break
is on the way.
Vaizey thinks the heritage industry ‘has perhaps been treated rather worse [than the arts], because it suffered cuts under the last Labour Government and we did not protect it additionally when we came into office.’ What is now Historic England suffers from a significantly reduced grant, ‘curtailing its ability to carry out vital heritage regulation’. The new model, however, with English Heritage as a separate charity, ‘along with a very generous capital endowment, will make a big difference.’ He paid tribute to Simon Thurley FSA
, former English Heritage Chief Executive, and the current Chairman, Laurie Magnus. ‘Nevertheless,’ he added, ‘heritage funding is not as high as it could be.’
‘A new Government,’ he concluded, ‘with fresh Ministers and renewed energy, have a chance to put arts and heritage funding on a secure and core footing… A small and modest increase would not only make a significant difference to the arts and heritage; perhaps more importantly, it would stand.. as an extraordinary vote of confidence in some of the greatest organisations we will find anywhere in the world.’
His full speech and the debate which followed, which also covered museums, local authority funding, schools and Scottish arts funding, can be read online on Hansard
. Matthew Hancock, Vaizey’s successor, said he believes ‘strongly and passionately in the value of the arts,’ with public funding ‘a cornerstone of a mixed [arts] economy’.
Photo shows Vaizey with Jonathan Goldstein (Cain Hoy) and Heather Knight (Museum of London Archaeology) at an excavation on the site of the Curtain Theatre, London, in April (MOLA)
Preserving Privately Owned Heritage
The government runs a scheme to encourage significant heritage assets in private hands – buildings, land, works of art and so on – to be preserved and remain where they are. In some cases this undoubtedly pre-empts appeals to the nation to ‘save’ portable works, held under a temporary export ban, from leaving the country. Advocates of the scheme argue that it helps to preserve national heritage managed by private owners in a sort of parallel strand to the National Trust, a public charity. Critics, and they are a growing band, say it gives tax breaks to rich people for questionable public gain.
The Conditional Exemption Tax Incentive scheme, as it is known, is run by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). To be eligible, assets need to be of outstanding natural beauty, or scientific, historic or artistic interest. New owners can win substantial discounts on inheritance tax if they look after such assets, allow the public to see them, and keep them in the UK.
HMRC runs a handy website where we can find out what we can see. Near where I live, for example, I am told that Longleat House in Wiltshire, a grand historic collection in a major stately home, is open to the public for at least 100 days a year, and that ‘tours of the private apartments’ are available on 10 specific days at 2pm. Dorney Court, a Tudor manor house in Berkshire, has agreed to a long list of commitments that range from undertaking a five-yearly condition survey to allowing the public in for 28 days a year. One of many conditions Longleat has to fulfil is making available ‘Chattels … for loan to appropriate public collections for special exhibitions’.
This can be presented as a form of state aid for the preservation of, and granting of public access to, important national heritage that has burdensome costs and responsibilities. Few Fellows, I surmise, would be particularly uncomfortable about that (Historic England has a helpful web page
introducing all the heritage assets tax wheezes). And, one assumes, it is in that guise that Parliament approved it. However it can also be painted as state subsidy for the wealthy, who get to live in their expensive houses and enjoy their art and views, under beneficial financial arrangements that would never be offered to the great majority of taxpayers.
On 4 September The Sunday Times
(subscription) featured Lord Howe, Defence Minister and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords. In ‘a confidential deal with the taxman’, reported the paper, Howe avoided paying some inheritance tax otherwise then due (the amount is not specified) on a £30 million estate at Penn in Buckinghamshire. ‘The only information publicly available’, says the paper, ‘is a 50-word summary on the HMRC website that states “reasonable steps” will be taken for the maintenance of the property” and to secure “reasonable access” to the estate’ – which The Sunday Times
establishes currently to mean on two days a year. Under a separate agreement, Howe apparently also received tax relief on works of art and artefacts at the house. Chris Bryant MP said he thinks ‘everything should be out in the open’.
ran a related story in 2013, addressing specifically works of art. ‘More than 115,000 works’, it reported, are listed on ‘a rarely publicised [HMRC] database’ in return for allowing owners exemption from inheritance tax or capital gains tax in return for public access. But the paper found gaining access was not always easy. Thirty properties were contacted, leading to five appointments to view. One owner asked for a certified copy of a passport, and several were unable to confirm the whereabouts of listed works. Helen Goodman, then Labour Shadow Culture Minister, called the scheme, which The Guardian
said cost ‘more than £1bn in lost revenue in the last few decades’, ‘a bit of a racket’.
In this light, the deals at Longleat and Dorney Court might seem less favourable to the taxpayer. In both cases, public access appears to come through buying tickets to what look like business operations. The ten given dates on which we can see private apartments at Longleat are (in September 2016) for 2014.
Richard Compton, President of the Historic Houses Association, wrote a letter to The Times
in response to the Lord Howe story, asking for more tax breaks, not fewer. The Conditional Exemption Tax scheme, he said, ‘is vital to ensure that the most important heritage assets have a viable long-term future.’ ‘There should be a real commitment to public availability’, wrote Bernadette Bowles, High Wycombe, in another letter, ‘if we are paying for it with a lower tax bill… If a family home is involved, access by appointment and at restricted times is reasonable but twice a year is not.’ Perhaps a useful start would be a handbook, to sit on the shelf with English Heritage’s and the National Trust’s.
The photo shows Penn House, built in 1760 and ‘passed down in a direct family line since the Middle Ages’ (Penn House website, omitting to mention that the current Earl Howe’s inheritance was achieved by by-passing four daughters of the previous Earl, who was Howe’s uncle). This year’s Heritage Open Days were on 9 and 10 September, though additional ‘Guided tours of the house by historical and arts-based societies may be booked by prior arrangement.’ A programme of ‘extension and improvement of public rights of way’ began in 1994.
Museums Vie for Ivory Statuettes
On 3 August Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, placed a temporary export bar
on two 17th-century ivory statuettes. To keep them in the UK, the asking price of £1.8 million had to be matched within a month. No further announcement has been made, but this deadline can be extended until 2 December 2016 if a serious intention has been expressed to raise the necessary funds. Alternatively, the statuettes will to the private buyer
, the Herzog Anton-Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig.
The statuettes were made in 1695 by Balthasar Permoser (1651–1732), says the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), considered one of the greatest sculptors of the German Baroque era and the Holy Roman Empire. Named Autumn
, they depict the classical gods Bacchus and (a shivering) Vulcan. There is only one other work attributed to Permoser in the UK, the ivory Entombment
at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The statuettes were first recorded as belonging to the Duke of Braunschweig, parts of a set of four. It is believed they were confiscated on the order of Napoleon in 1806, and they were later acquired by Edward Viscount Lascelles in Paris and brought to Harewood House in Leeds.
Lowell Libson FSA
, a member of the RCEWA, said the pieces ‘rank not only as the best and rarest examples of such objects in the UK, but as prime examples of the work of the most important northern sculptor of the period.’
Fitzwilliam Avoids Buying Tat
The Fitzwilliam Museum announced in August that it had raised the funds needed to keep two pietre dure
Roman cabinets in the UK, making them the only such pair in a public collection in Britain. The National Heritage Memorial Fund
and the Art Fund respectively contributed £700,000 and £200,000 towards the price of £1.2 million. The cabinets had originally been bought by Henry Howard, the 4th Earl of Carlisle, for his collection at Castle Howard, Yorkshire, during his second Grand Tour of Italy (1738–39). An overseas buyer bid £1.2 million for them last year at Sotheby’s London, when they were offered for sale by Castle Howard Trustees, and Ed Vaizey, then Culture Minister, imposed a temporary export bar.
The cabinets were made in Rome in the early 17th century, almost certainly for a member of the papal Borghese dynasty, said a press release, and represent the highest quality of furniture-making of the time. Veneered with ebony and rosewood, they are ‘embellished with inlays of expensive, exotic and vividly coloured semi-precious hardstones (such as lapis lazuli and jasper) and with gilt-bronze statuettes and escutcheons.’ Each sits on a Neo-classical mahogany stand.
Christopher Rowell FSA
, a member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art, said the cabinets represent ‘the high watermark of the British taste for Italian princely furniture’. Tim Knox FSA
, Director of the Fitzwilliam, said, ‘Nowhere in the UK is it possible to see a pair of Roman cabinets of quite this swagger and splendour. They are a fitting acquisition to celebrate the 200th birthday of our founder, Lord Fitzwilliam.’ Sir Mark Jones FSA
, Chair, The Pilgrim Trust, which had contributed funds, also welcomed the purchase.
‘The real triumph,’ said The Times in a leader
, ‘is the vindication of how Britain protects its treasures… there is no blanket ban on the export of every artefact deemed to be part of the national patrimony. But nor can any oligarch put in a top bid at Sotheby’s and walk off with a priceless painting pawned by an impoverished aristocrat… This not only generates a huge interest in the artefact … but also stops us wasting our money on tat.’
In August the Museums Association (MA) reported
on the relationship between major UK cultural institutions and the oil and gas company BP. The MA’s Ethics Committee rejected claims by The Art Not Oil Coalition that sponsorship by BP breached the MA’s Code of Ethics for Museums. At the time the British Museum, the Royal Opera House, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Shakespeare Company had just announced five-year sponsorship deals; a long arrangement with Tate had not been renewed.
Ian Blatchford FSA,
Director of the Science Museum, and Ian MacGregor FSA
, then Director of the British Museum, were among those singled out by the Art Not Oil Coalition in May. In BP’s Cultural Sponsorship: A Corrupting Influence,
a 40-page brochure, the campaign group set out its case that major London galleries and museums had been duped by the company, and had been complicit in deceiving the public, in arrangements that brought BP cheap positive PR in return for small handouts.
Art Not Oil (ANO) made much of ‘a member of British Museum staff’, who it claimed told it exclusively that BP had been ‘extremely demanding of the Museum – bullying, I would say.’ ANO used Freedom of information requests to access correspondence with the British Museum, Tate, the National Portrait Gallery and the Science Museum; it published extracts of concern to no one but the prying. ANO cannot be similarly queried, so we may know no more about this anonymous British Museum comment, repeated five times in ANO’s report. It was perhaps the one claim that appeared worth investigating.
The campaign had considerable support from prominent public figures. On 2 August more than 200 ‘artists, scientists and campaigners’ wrote to The Times
to object to ‘BP-branded culture’, saying that public institutions ‘must play a positive role in taking urgent climate action and defending human rights’. Among the signatories were Richard Sandell, Professor of Museum Studies, University of Leicester; Anthony Roberts, Director, Colchester Arts Centre; and Alison Klevnäs, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University.
The next day The Guardian
published a letter from ‘almost 100 prominent figures from the arts, science and politics’, congratulating Hartwig Fischer on his appointment as Director of the British Museum. The writers’ subject, however, was BP. ‘Retaining such an unethical sponsor’, they said, ‘would seriously damage the British Museum’s reputation, and place it firmly on the wrong side of history.’ Signatories included the same Sandell and Roberts (the latter apparently managing to sign this one twice), as well as Jane Goodall, Founder the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace; and Gavin Grindon, Director of the Centre for Curatorial Studies, University of Essex.
MacGregor, said The Guardian
in a linked article, had commented on BP’s sponsorship, ‘What would you want companies to do with their profits? Do you want them to spend them in a way that benefits the public or not?’
‘None of the emails quoted in [ANO’s] report’, concluded the MA’s Ethics Committee, ‘suggest anything other than polite correspondence and friendly working relationships’ between BP and the cultural institutions; ‘The inclusion of such correspondence in the Art Not Oil report’, added the Committee, ‘was considered poorly judged’. There was no evidence that the museums had prevented peaceful protest from taking place – ‘Indeed, the Committee believes that these museums have gone to substantial effort to accommodate these protests.’ It found no signs of sponsor influence over museum programming, nor of special lobbying and policy access.
Museums – Breaking the Grand Narrative
When Martin Roth announced his resignation
as Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, people wondered if he’d been prompted to return to his native Germany by the UK’s vote to leave the EU
. On BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on 16 September
, Roth made it clear that this was so. ‘I’m an European’, he said, ‘it’s my identity.’ He loved Britain, but rejected the ‘new nationalism’ – a world phenomenon. Leaving England, however, seemed to have more to do with Roth’s desire to become politically active in support of his beliefs, than an issue with a particular country.
The Front Row
interview focussed on museums and Britain, but on 17 September The Economist
aired the wider issue of public institutions and politics. ‘On the question of the EU, museum curators are to a man (and woman) Remainers’, said the newspaper. ‘Many of them come from Europe; even more have studied there.’ Roth may soon be outspoken on controversial matters, as, in December 2014, Hartwig Fischer, now Director of the British Museum (BM) but then Director of the Dresden State Art Museums, confronted far-right protestors with street banners announcing ‘Works from Five Continents. A House Full of Foreigners.’ Who will replace Roth and Nicholas Serota (departing Tate Director), asks The Economist
: ‘Civil servants who keep their lips zipped, or cultural warriors prepared to speak their mind?’
In Anthony Gormley: Missing Continents at the British Museum
(Radio 4, 8 September), the British artist opened a public debate on some of the things Fischer might need to address at the BM. The Museum, said Gormley, has outstanding collections representing cultures of Africa, Oceania and the Americas: but the displays focus overmuch on classical Old World cultures. Gormley, a former Museum Trustee, said he had failed to give adequate space to those ‘missing continents’.
He talked to Fischer, and to curators and specialists including Lissant Bolton and Polly Bence at the BM’s Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. We must listen, says Fischer, and think about what European domination meant to the rest of the world. How do we make a new context, asks Gormley, in which whatever-it-is imported ethnographic artefacts bring, can be made meaningful? How do we break the grand narrative the BM imposes?
‘We need to redefine “civilisation”,’ says Bolton (‘Ah, good,’ Gormley interjects), ‘a colonial assumption that it means buildings, gold, armies.’ Civilisation, she says, can exist in how people organise themselves, in philosophy and stories.
Where are the missing continents, Gormley asks Fischer? ‘This has to change’, replies Fischer (‘Ah, good’), ‘it’s obvious.’
The Museum needs to evolve, concludes Gormley, to expand and reflect the diversity of the world. ‘What constitutes society? How does it cohere? We have to understand the world on which all life depends, and that knowledge is not in the hands of the colonisers, but in the hands of the colonised.’
Across the Atlantic, on 24 September there will be ‘an unprecedented local, national and international event unlike any other opening of a cultural institution in America or globally in recent memory’ – the launch of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
in Washington, DC. Like all Smithsonian museums, it will be free to enter. President Obama is to make a speech.
The displays offer a mix of struggle and oppression, and creativity and achievement. Exhibits will include the original coffin of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old murdered in Mississippi in 1955, Ku Klux Klan hoods and a piece of rope used in a lynching; the walls of one gallery bear the names of more than 2,200 people known to have been lynched between 1882 and 1930. Elsewhere are Carl Lewis’s Olympic medals, Jimi Hendrix’s waistcoat and Lead Belly’s guitar.
The building was created
by a US/UK consortium, Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, with Philip Freelon as design guarantor and David Adjaye as lead designer. Adjaye is a Tanzanian-born and London-educated British architect (photo NMAAHC).
Fellows (and Friends)
Alison Kelly FSA, expert on Wedgwood and Coade stone, died in August.
David Trump FSA, archaeologist of Malta, died in August.
Luke Herrmann FSA, art historian, died in September.
Anthony Beckles Willson FSA, architect and Twickenham antiquary, died in September.
Appreciations appear in Lives Remembered below. The section also contains further notices on Eddie Peltenburg FSA, Anthony Streeten FSA and Percival Turnbull FSA.
Sir John Soane’s Museum, in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, has been working over the past five years on a £7 million project it terms Opening up the Soane. The guiding principle has been to return the house, as Soane would have wanted from instructions he left, to close to how it was when home to the man and his collections. Having acquired a house next door, the Trustees were able to relocate offices, remove a toilet from a Tivoli Recess on the main staircase, and return a space in the Dome area to its rightful place in a neighbouring property. It’s all now done, and with refurbished Catacombs in the basement, the Soane opened to the public on 13 September. Bruce Boucher FSA left his post as Director of the Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, to become Director of the museum in May this year. Soane ‘was a showman’, Boucher told The Times, ‘whose style was all about manipulating emotions using space, light and the juxtaposition of artworks — it’s only now that people can experience the complete effect.’
I mentioned the anniversary of the Great Fire of London in the last Salon. In addition to the Museum of London’s exhibition, there are a couple of things now online worth watching. First, there is a 50-minute video of the burning of a large-scale wooden model of London at the time of the real fire, floating on the Thames, created by American artist David Best and managed by Artichoke. Second, in another creative response to the anniversary, you can watch (if you have a TV licence, under new regulations, until 10 October) a Horrible Histories Special: The Grisly Great Fire of London. Horrible Histories is a children’s TV series that uses comedy and drama to tell well-researched historical stories. The Grisly Great Fire has a strong script and cast, featuring Pepys (who asks the king to bid up a cheese for him on eBay), Wren, Boyle and the rest. Highly recommended (the still shows The Great Fire Bake Off: Thomas Farriner from Pudding Lane presents his burnt buns).
Inspired by Colin Haselgrove FSA’s new report on excavations at Stanwick, North Yorkshire, the British Museum’s Julia Farley and reporter Iszi Lawrence discussed Cartimandua on Radio 4’s Making History, on 6 September. Rachel Pope FSA talked to presenter Tom Holland about Stanwick itself, a large oppidum built like a hillfort on gently rolling low ground. Archaeology, she says, is confirming Tacitus’s picture of powerful women in late prehistoric Britain.
The Turkish government’s drive to penalise supposed supporters of the attempted coup in July has now reached archaeology. The Art Newspaper reported on 7 September that the Austrian Archaeological Institute has been made to stop mosaic conservation work at Ephesus, and cancel another project in Limyra, ‘because of a political dispute with Austria’.
On August 28 Countryfile, BBC TV’s popular rural affairs programme (on iPlayer until 2 October), was based in Wiltshire – ‘a landscape riddled with relics of mysterious pasts’. It featured a significant new excavation at Durrington Walls. Brought together by disputed interpretations of a sophisticated geophysics survey revealed last year, Mike Parker Pearson FSA, Vince Gaffney FSA and others opened a small trench (above) over two of many anomalies that had been interpreted as buried megaliths. They turned out to be post holes, leading to a vision of a huge 300-post ring that stood briefly between a large neolithic village and the construction of the earthwork henge, one of the grandest of its kind. The programme also talked to volunteers at replica Durrington houses at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre, archaeologist Julian Richards FSA (‘an obsessive collector of Stonehenge memorabilia’), Susan Greaney (English Heritage archaeologist), a local tenant farmer, and a former Stonehenge Custodian who has built a Neolithic-style burial mound for those seeking a quiet, antiquarian home for their remains.
The Court of Appeal has told Dover District Council that its consent to build over 500 homes and a retirement village, granted to China Gateway International, contravened the National Planning Policy Framework and should be withdrawn. The proposed development is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
John Hunter FSA, forensic archaeologist and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, addressed the jury in Bristol Crown Court in connection with the murder of a woman in Swindon, Wiltshire. The pathologist was unable to ascertain the cause of death, but Hunter said the burial site may have been revisited by a person who removed the head and arms.
‘I am deeply concerned about the continuing destruction of Yemen’s unique cultural heritage,’ said Irina Bokova, Director-General of Unesco. A ninth-century mosque of the Prophet Shuaibi in Sana’a, known for wooden carvings on its ceiling, was demolished in an air strike on 25 August.
Ian Riddler FSA sends details of a book which he has co-edited in honour of Anglo-Saxon archaeologist Vera Evison FSA. The Evidence of Material Culture/Le Témoignage de la Culture Matérielle, edited by Riddler, Jean Soulat et Lynne Keys FSA, is Europe Médiévale number 10 (Autun, France). Evison, says the blurb, has made a major contribution to the study of English archaeology over more than 60 years, publishing four cemetery monographs, a catalogue of wheel-thrown grave pottery, and studies of early medieval vessel glass which culminated in a catalogue of the British Museum’s Anglo-Saxon glass. Drawing in colleagues from France and Germany, the new volume places Anglo-Saxon material in an European framework, from Dover Buckland and other new-found Kent cemeteries, to the history and archaeology of the Franks in Belgica II, alongside ethnographic comparisons and funerary trends for cremation burials, studies of a variety of artefact types and the application of Bayesian modelling with radiocarbon dating for the early medieval period.
English Heritage took Richard Morrison, music critic at The Times (subscription), for a dawn flight in a balloon over Stonehenge. It paid off. His weekly arts column on 9 September argued for tunnelling the A303, the last major component of a long-term scheme to improve the landscape in the World Heritage Site, now being jointly managed by English Heritage and the National Trust. Responding, Kate Fielden, an archaeologist, wrote to the paper (15 September) to object to the tunnel. ‘It is a matter of deep regret’, she says, ‘that the road scheme is supported by the National Trust, whose land would apparently be avoided by the road engineering, and English Heritage (which, it seems likely, would further benefit from visitors’ entrance fees).’ You’re out of date, suggested Peter Saunders FSA, Curator Emeritus, Salisbury Museum, in another letter, on 16 September. The present tunnel scheme is better than the one Fielden remembers: ‘We must not dither another age before removing the A303.’
On 24 September Canterbury Auction Galleries will be waiving its buyer's premium and bidding platform charge for The Canterbury Cathedral Stone Sale, raising money for the cathedral. The fragments on offer derive from the cathedral’s Great South Window, which has been repaired after parts of it fell out in 2009. ‘Due to the nature and location of the lots,’ says the gallery, ‘it is advisable that all perspective purchasers [sic... it depends where you stand] view them in person.’ Pictured, Lot 132: Minor Mullion Transom Head (Caen stone, 1428) with Caen stone piecing repair (1860s) and Doulting stone piecing repair (1930s), 625mm high x 880mm wide x 390mm deep.
Mr Barry’s War: Rebuilding the Houses of Parliament after the Great Fire of 1834, by Caroline Shenton FSA, was reviewed by Ian Critchley in The Sunday Times of 18 September. ‘Shenton,’ writes Critchley, ‘a former director of the parliamentary archives at Westminster, has written an authoritative and lively account of the political and artistic machinations involved in the creation of one of the capital’s most familiar landmarks.’ In the September edition of the Literary Review, William Whyte calls the book ‘an epic, with a hero at its heart’.
In 2011–12, the last full year before the York Art Gallery closed for an £8m renovation, it welcomed 226,400 visitors. In the year since the gallery’s reopening in August 2015, 92,000 people came, substantially fewer than had been hoped for: the York Museums Trust had predicted 190,000 visitors in the first eight months. The drop in visitors, despite the gallery being shortlisted for the 2016 Art Fund Museum of the Year award, was blamed on floods last winter, and a £7.50 entry charge where previously there was none.
Sir Alister Hardy, a marine biologist, had a theory about human evolution that envisaged an important aquatic stage. The idea was picked up by Elaine Morgan, whose book The Descent of Woman, her first of several on the topic, became a best seller in 1972. On 14–15 September, in two BBC Radio 4 programmes called The Waterside Ape, Sir David Attenborough FSA revisited the aquatic adaptation theory, having first broadcast about it on Radio 4 12 years ago. Among his interviewees were Nick Flemming FSA, marine archaeologist, and Robert Foley FSA and Chris Stringer FSA, human evolution specialists. Being bipedal, and having no hair and a large brain, says Foley, are traits which helped our ancestors survive in the African savannah. Stringer suggests that eating brains offered all the nutrition the early hominins at Boxgrove needed to evolve and run a bigger brain. Most of Attenborough’s guests, however, favoured an aquatic theory.
Maxwell Craven FSA tells Salon about his recently published book, John Whitehurst: Innovator, Scientist, Geologist and Clockmaker (‘it bears a 2015 date,’ he says, ‘but due to the dilatoriness of the publisher, only got launched in June’). Mostly remembered today as a notable 18th-century Derby clockmaker, says the blurb, Whitehurst was also an instrument-maker, mechanical engineer, hydraulicist, home-improver, meteorologist, geologist and contributor to the development of the steam engine. The book presents a brief life of this engaging man, drawing together his achievements and his wide circle of acquaintances, many of whom were fellow members of the Lunar Society. Appendices include details on all known Whitehurst turret clocks and angle barometers, its known numbered clocks and its apprentices.
British Transport Police and Historic England have joined for the first time, says a press release, in a co-ordinated investigation against metal thieves. Between 5 and 7 September, Operation Crucible checked 31 scrap-metal dealers in north and east England, the Midlands, the south-east and Wales. Mark Harrison FSA, National Policing and Crime Adviser for Historic England, said, ‘The value of England’s heritage cannot be judged in pounds and pence. By working together with law enforcement agencies, we are maximising our ability to identify those who are attacking our shared cultural heritage.’ Operation Crucible is supported by the British Metals Recycling Association, the trade body for scrap metal dealers, and the Church Buildings Council, which supports the Church of England’s cathedral and church buildings.
Lord Boyce, Admiral of the Fleet and former Chief of the Defence Staff, has described illegal metal scavenging from sunken battleships as ‘vandalism’. ‘When I was involved in the MoD’, he told The Guardian, ‘we took grave looting quite seriously, and I absolutely believe that criminals should be pursued to discourage others as much as anything else.’ Innes McCartney, a marine archaeologist who helped locate the wreck of HMS Warrior in August, a victim in the Battle of Jutland and a First World War war grave, said that 16 of the other 24 British and German wrecks from the battle he had seen had been pillaged. An MoD spokesman said, ‘We are not aware of any illegal salvage activity taking place on other Jutland wreck sites.’
Anthony Streeten FSA, one of Historic England’s longest serving, and most able and highly regarded heritage professionals, died on 29 July aged 62. He was elected a Fellow of the Society in May 1988. Paul Stamper FSA, with help from Jonathan Coad FSA and others, has written this tribute:
‘By the time Anthony Streeten left Tonbridge School for Newcastle University in 1973 to read Archaeology and Medieval History, his formidable mother – herself deeply interested in conservation and historic buildings – had already helped him gain considerable archaeological experience as a schoolboy digger. Talent-spotted by Jonathan Coad, then a young Inspector, Anthony was recruited to dig at Bayham Abbey in East Sussex. This was the start of a long, happy and productive partnership, notably including the series of excavations spread over ten years at Castle Acre Castle, Norfolk, published in The Archaeological Journal in 1982 and 1987.
‘Meanwhile, in 1976 (the year he published his first excavation report, in Archaeologia Cantiana), Anthony moved to Southampton University to undertake PhD research in the thriving school, taking forward the petrological analysis of pottery under the late David Peacock FSA. His thesis, Medieval and Later Ceramic Production and Distribution in South-East England: A Study in Ceramic Archaeology and Historical Geography, was illustrated with Anthony’s immaculate drawings, generated on large sheets of Permatrace with Rotring pens and stencil lettering.
‘He moved seamlessly back into archaeological work for the then Department of the Environment on Garden Hill and Camber Castle, East Sussex, as well as Bayham and Castle Acre, before appointment – soon to become one of the founding staff of the new English Heritage – as an Assistant Inspector of Ancient Monuments in 1983, and a full Inspector in 1985. By then his reputation for hard work and efficiency were well established and respected (if Anthony promised to do something he did it; a trait not all his colleagues shared). It was natural that he rose rapidly, leading a large team in the East Midlands region from 1993 and serving as Regional Director from 2004.
‘He was hugely respected and admired by the organisation’s external partners in local authorities and elsewhere (and even its adversaries) for his passion and devotion to heritage. He was responsible for saving many historic buildings and areas from needless destruction and loss, possessing an almost machiavellian ability to coax and persuade the “intractable” from entrenched positions to achieve near miraculous agreements on crucial decisions. These included Apethorpe Hall, in Northamptonshire, where he played a critical role in its compulsory purchase by the Government. Another triumph was the precedent established by the defeat of the proposal to build a wind farm within the setting of Lyveden New Build, also in Northamptonshire.
‘If his devotion to English Heritage brought an end to active excavation and fieldwork, the organisation frequently drew on his strengths and interests in guiding policy and practice in many areas. He lead an ambitious relisting programme in the mid 1980s, was a long-time convenor of its Industrial Panel promoting new approaches to the management of the industrial heritage (on which he published a number of important papers), and took forward with great success a number of major corporate initiatives (necessary but often thankless tasks) including the computerisation of its planning casework.
‘Anthony was a devoted husband to Siriol, and father to their sons Charles and Henry. His early facility in excavation and draughtsmanship developed into an equally methodical, and successful, ability to mend or build most things in the houses where they lived: carpentering cupboards, or removing and mending sash windows were perfectly straightforward tasks for him – perhaps surprising for those who only met him (never out of collar and tie, or without his legendary notebooks) professionally. And his efficiency could never dampen a wonderful sense of humour; he was a man who enjoyed a joke, and could laugh until the tears ran down his face.’
Eddie Peltenburg FSA, who died on 14 August, was aged 74, not, as I had written, 73.
Alison Kelly FSA, an art historian who researched Coade stone and wrote books for Country Life about 18th-century architecture and furnishings, died peacefully at home in London on 15 August, aged 102. She was elected a Fellow of the Society in November 1992. The Daily Telegraph published an obituary on 15 September.
Alison Kelly was born in Liverpool, says the paper, the only child of Sir Robert Kelly, Professor of Surgery at Liverpool University. She read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, then spent a year at the Liverpool City School of Art before working on stage design at the Westminster Theatre. During the Second World War she joined the camouflage unit at Leamington Spa.
After the war she lectured in art history at the Workers’ Education Association, the Design Centre, the City Literary Institute and the London University Extramural Department, as well as speaking freelance in Britain and the USA. Her publications included Decorative Wedgwood in Architecture and Furniture (1965) and The Book of English Fireplaces (1968). She published articles about Coade stone in the 1980s, and self-published Mrs. Coade's Stone in 1990; her entry on Eleanor Coade (1733–1821) for The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography was written in 2004.
‘Warm-hearted, generous and outgoing,’ says The Telegraph, ‘she had the rare ability to inspire people to want to learn more, without being condescending or boring.’
The photo of Alison Kelly is from The Telegraph. The photo of the Coade stone lion at Westminster Bridge (the proud symbol of the nearby Lion Brewery until it was demolished to make way for the Festival of Britain campus) is from Wikipedia/Richard Styles.
Percival Turnbull FSA, said Tony King FSA in his address at the funeral of the archaeologist who died on 20 August, ‘clearly did not suffer fools gladly if at all’.
‘Since the age of 14,’ said King, ‘Percival had been digging, mainly at an important Iron Age site at Dragonby in Lincolnshire. We met as new students at the Institute of Archaeology. At that time it was a specialist institute of the University of London, and had only just started taking undergraduates. It had the atmosphere of a small college, and its founder Sir Mortimer Wheeler FSA was still a presence, as well as a raft of talented and well-known professors and lecturers. The Institute favoured practical archaeology, and we looked down on our main rival, Cambridge, because it taught high-falutin theories, and horror of horrors, did not require students to dig as part of their degree.
‘We dug, though, on many sites and through most vacations, winter and summer. Percival and I were sent out to supervise the machine driver uncovering the first-year training excavation site at Pickle Herring Wharf in Southwark (now the London Assembly). We were first-year students ourselves, just 19 years old, completely unsupervised, but trusted to oversee this vital initial task on the excavation. I am not sure that we did too well, as the driver had had a drink or two at lunchtime, and we had to stop him smashing into the archaeology.
‘In our second year, we directed a dig together. This exempted us from the training excavation, as we were deemed experienced enough not to need further training; so we uncovered a medieval town-house at Winchelsea, Sussex, on behalf of the Sussex Archaeological Unit, a new venture for the Institute. These years were glory days for archaeology: there were many new sites to be dug; there was more government money following favourable changes in policy; and organisations like the Manpower Services Commission (MSC) were subsidising the employment of many young diggers.
‘It was Rick Jones FSA who enabled Percival to return north, to Bowes Museum in 1977, where an MSC project on the heritage of the region had been set up. And it was at this time that he met Linda, and they married in 1979. Lots of archaeology followed during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Stanwick, the biggest and most important Iron Age and Roman centre in this region; Oddendale in Cumbria, with its Neolithic and Bronze Age henge features; Ravenstonedale church; Bainbridge; a milefortlet on Hadrian’s Wall extension at Maryport (now on public display). There were also surveys to locate new sites in the Coal Measures area and Hamsterley Forest.
‘In 1993, changes to the organisation of archaeology, mainly the ending of local authority direct employment of field archaeologists, encouraged Percival to go freelance, and the Brigantia Archaeological Practice was born, soon to be joined by Deborah Walsh. This succeeded despite the sometimes precarious nature of commercial archaeology, dependent as it is on the economic ups-and-downs of construction activity.’
• Turnbull, said Ben Watson, was ‘Fiercely independent and almost puritanical in nature, so laconic in his observations; a dashing, mischievous Englishman in gay haberdashery, stood somehow outside of time, with little interest in acquiring possessions or money, usually breaking his fast and dining only after twilight – then sitting and reading through the night. His knowledge was his wealth. He enjoyed the company of a pint with friends, his pipe and his library; he lived for his work and often said he would rather die than no longer be of use to society.’
The funeral sermon was given by Martin Henig FSA, who said, ‘like the great 19th-century scholar, poet and art historian, William Morris, whom he even came to resemble physically, Percival espoused a vigorous and idealistic communism. He was fascinated by politics’, Henig added, ‘in its widest sense.’ The photo shows Val Turnbull on a photography expedition in the Guildhall Museum, London, taken by fellow first-year undergraduate, Salon’s Editor.
David Trump FSA, Mediterranean archaeologist, died suddenly on 31 August, having just celebrated his 85th birthday, while many colleagues were at the European Association of Archaeologists conference in Vilnius. He was elected a Fellow of the Society in May 1963. Simon Stoddart FSA has written this tribute:
‘David Hilary Trump took his first class BA in Arch and Anth at Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1955. He was a scholar of both the British School at Jerusalem, where he dug with Kathleen Kenyon FSA, and the British School at Rome (1955–57), where he excavated the key site of La Starza. This site for the first time established a reliable prehistoric sequence in Southern Italy. His 1958 Phd was on the Prehistory of Central and Southern Italy. He is, however, best known for his seminal work on Malta, where in 2004 the nation made him an Honorary Officer of the National Order of Merit, a rare distinction for a non-Maltese, in recognition of his substantial contribution to the island state and Anglo-Maltese relations. For the same reason he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Malta in 2015. On the 1 September The Times of Malta reported the news of his death with the headline, ‘Malta's archaeology icon dies’.
‘Trump first visited Malta in 1954, to assist the late John Evans FSA with excavations at the Ggantija temple on Gozo. From 1958 until 1963, leading up to Maltese independence in 1964, Trump was Curator of Archaeology at the National Museum of Malta. This allowed him to excavate almost every significant site in the archipelago, supported by Captain Charles Zammit, the Museum’s Director. His primary purpose was to establish a prehistoric sequence. While uncovering the layout of Skorba temple, the most important site he excavated, he discovered new unsuspected Neolithic phases which he named after the site. This gave Maltese prehistory its first reliable chronology by the earliest deployment of radiocarbon dating. The sequence had been suspected by the father of Maltese archaeology, Themistocles Zammit, but he had never been able to prove it in his lifetime, and Evans had begun to work towards it. When Colin Renfrew FSA used a central Mediterranean calibrated radiocarbon chronology to show the temples to be the oldest free-standing stone monuments in Europe, he drew on Trump’s work.
‘After Malta, Trump was Staff Tutor in Archaeology at Cambridge University’s Board of Extra-Mural Studies at Madingley, until retirement in 1997, when he was succeeded by Caroline Malone FSA. He not only contributed to the teaching of Mediterranean prehistory in the Department of Archaeology, but also had a large following in the wider, continuing-education community. It was during this period that he made a major contribution to the archaeology of Sardinia at Grotta Filiestru, once again uncovering unsuspected phases of prehistory, and completing the survey of Bonu Ighinu. He also worked on the archaeology of the Cambridge region with the late John Alexander FSA. He continued to visit Malta regularly, often with his Madingley students. In 1986–95 he returned as overall director of the team that excavated the Brochtorff Xaghra Circle, working with Anthony Bonanno FSA, Tancred Gouder, Caroline Malone, Anthony Pace and Simon Stoddart, a project that was later published in the Cambridge McDonald monograph series.
‘Trump published widely and rapidly, most recently republishing a 50-year anniversary edition of his 1966 Skorba report and contributing to the Festschrift of his friend Joseph Attard FSA. His other books included the Peoples and Places volume on Central and Southern Italy, the Penguin Dictionary of Archaeology (with Warwick Bray), the Prehistory of the Mediterranean, many editions in various forms of his Archaeological Guide to Malta, and fieldwork monographs on Sardinia. In many of these Maltese books, he collaborated with the distinguished Gozitan photographer, Daniel Cilia.
'He is survived by his widow Bridget, a fellow archaeologist, pupil of Stuart Piggott FSA in Edinburgh and life companion on his many projects, and his sons, Roger, Gavin and Eric.’
• Daniel Cilia wrote a fond tribute to Trump in The Times of Malta (4 September), recalling his ‘boundless enthusiasm and knowledge’:
‘He disliked the pseudo archaeologists’, says Cilia, ‘who want to make the prehistoric temples part of the fable of Atlantis or other mythological stories. David always insisted that the oldest free-standing architecture in the world does not need any “make-up”. “They can stand on their own”… pun intended! Yet he was always open to new ideas and suggestions. Many people would come up with some hypothetical theory and ask him for his opinion. He never made fun of them and always said that any idea was valid so long as it was based on anthropological and scientific research. David’s sense of chivalry was evident in all he did.
‘David’s last planned visit to my studio in Italy, to finalise the work on [a catalogue of Maltese cart ruts] and other books he had in the pipeline, had to be postponed, because he insisted he wanted to go to vote for Britain to remain in the EU.’ Declining health meant he never made that trip.
There will be a celebration of the life of David Trump at St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Road, Cambridge CB4 1DH, on 26 September at 2 pm. Contact Erictrump99@gmail.com, 07779 931409. No flowers please, but his family hopes you will be able to support Freedom from Torture – one of the many charities David supported – via a Just Giving page, or cheques payable to ‘Freedom from Torture’.
Luke Herrmann FSA, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of Leicester, died peacefully at home after a long illness on 9 September, aged 84.
In an oral history interview conducted by Liz Bruchet in 2010 for the Association of Art Historians (of which he had been a life member since 1975), Herrmann told how he owed his career break to being a regular visitor to the Ashmolean Museum. He was noticed by a member of staff, who told him that Hugh Ingram, then Deputy Editor of the Illustrated London News, had written to the Museum asking if it knew any suitable undergraduate who might look after art for them. He got the job. He was working as an assistant editor at the ILN when strikes sent him and the print manager to France to find an amenable printer (which they did, in a monastery). On the flight back to London, he sat next to Sir Karl Parker FSA, Keeper of the Ashmolean. They got on well, and he was given a job at the Museum cataloguing English watercolours. ‘And that’, he says, ‘was the beginning of my real art historical career.’
Herrmann read History at the University of Oxford (1952–55). He worked in the Department of Western Art at the Ashmolean until 1967, when he moved to the University of Leicester as Paul Mellon Foundation Lecturer in the History of British Art; he became Chair of the Department of History of Art in 1973. Preferring writing to bureaucracy, he took early retirement when he was 59. Publications include Ruskin and Turner (about the Ashmolean collection, 1968), Eighteenth Century British Landscape Painting (1973), Turner (1975), Paul and Thomas Sandby (1986) and Turner Prints (1990).
He was a regular contributer to The Times’ letter pages. ‘The broadening of further education’, he wrote in 2000, ‘has to begin in the schools. As the far-fetched statistics you publish show, the Government’s attacks on the universities’ entrance records can only succeed in boosting the class divisions in Britain.’ On another occasion he defended new art on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, on the grounds that anything would look good compared to what was already there – excepting ‘Landseer’s superb lions’. He presented several works of art to the Ashmolean, Tate and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Luke Herrmann’s funeral will be at St Cadoc's Church, Penrhos, NP15 216, on 21 September at 2 pm.
Anthony Beckles Willson FSA, who was married to the children’s writer Robina Beckles Willson, died on 10 September aged 88, after a long illness. He was elected a Fellow of the Society in June 2007. His friend Susan Youngs FSA has written this tribute:
‘Anthony Beckles Willson, B Arch, MCD, ARIBA, FSA, retired in 1984 from a successful career as an architect working on public projects. He then devoted himself to the history and conservation of Twickenham's rich past.
‘Tony’s literary taste and historical curiosity were primarily focused on one distinguished local resident, Alexander Pope. His series of monographs on Twickenham and its development in the 18th century built on meticulous research into local families and their roots and connections, and the town’s streets and river frontage. Tony established himself as an authority on Pope, understanding the importance of the creation of Pope's villa on the Thames in Twickenham for the history of English gardening and the poet's influence on landscape design. He worked with the late Mavis Batey FSA, among others, and was a true “amateur” whose research work is regularly cited and whose generous help is acknowledged by other Fellows and scholars in the field.
‘This academic work was achieved in conjunction with taking a leading role in the Borough of Twickenham Local History Society, as Chairman and contributor. The establishment of a Museum for Twickenham followed an eight-year legal battle over a contested will for new premises. It opened in 2001, with decor and fittings designed by Tony. That the Museum won the case and is independent of local authority funding is largely to his credit. Always open to technological change and embracing computer graphics, Tony created for the Museum a much-commended website, to which he made major contributions of text and illustration while also editing.
‘In 2005 Tony established a charitable trust to preserve Pope's grotto, the only surviving element of the poet's villa and garden and a monument of national significance in the history of English landscape gardens. A minor act, typical of his energy, effectiveness and local involvement, was to persuade the board of Youngs Brewery to undo the already-advertised change of name of the nearby Pope's Grotto pub, from The Alexander to the more appropriate Alexander Pope. Having overcome the funding challenges to do with the grotto being owned by a local school – by establishing a partnership – the first stages of the conservation work began earlier this year, and Tony, despite ill health, followed developments with characteristic insight.
‘His work naturally encompassed records of the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Pope's burial place, and in 1997 Tony was appointed archivist. As well as organising the parish records, he published a history of the church; his last research was into the people commemorated on the church monuments, a task finished in 2015 with his characteristic thoroughness and attention to detail. His publications benefitted from his interest in typography and design, and he privately bore the printing costs of many, while sales were dedicated to the local church or to Twickenham Museum. They include: Strawberry Hill, a History of the Neighbourhood (1995); Mr Pope and Others at Cross Deep: Twickenham in the 18th Century (1996); Alexander Pope’s Grotto in Twickenham (1998); Mastiffs and Minerals in the Life of Alexander Pope (2005); Sion Row Twickenham (2006); The Church of S Mary the Virgin Twickenham: The Memorials and Legerstones (2015). These works have supplied the missing keystone to the development of Alexander Pope's influence on garden design in the 18th century, and are a fitting monument to their author.’
The photo above shows Tony Beckles Willson (left) with, on the right, Anna McPherson and Paul Drury FSA.
The Wisdom of Fellows
Barry Joyce FSA hopes that the Civic Amenities Act, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017, will be ‘marked by the public celebration of heroic pioneering figures, perhaps via a conference, the commissioning of a book, a set of UK stamps, or whatever is thought appropriate.’ Such figures, he says, include Richard Crossman, Minister for Housing and Local Government, Duncan Sandys, founder of the Civic Trust, Donald Insall FSA and Jennifer Jenkins. As Joyce points out, the Institute of Historic Building Conservation has proposed ways of celebrating the introduction of Conservation Area legislation, including walks, street parties and debates.
Forthcoming Ordinary Meetings of Fellows
You can catch up on meetings you've missed by watching our lecture recordings (visit the events page and filter the results list by choosing 'past events'). Unless indicated otherwise, tea will be served at 16.15, and the Meeting will commence at 17.00 precisely. Online ballots close at noon at the date of the scheduled ballot. At Ordinary Meetings, ballots open at 16.00 and close at 16.20. The results are read at the beginning of the Meeting.
6 October: 'Pictures in the Notitia Dignitatum', by Dr Stephen Johnson FSA (Treasurer)
13 October: 'The Red and the Dead: Reconstructing the Political Life, Activities and Networks of Vere Gordon Childe', by Dr Katie Meheux
20 October: 'Christian Symbolism on the Ardagh Chalice, an Early Medieval Masterpiece from Ireland', by Dr Niamh Whitfield, FSA
Interested in proposing a lecture? Please download and complete the Lecture Proposal Form, and email it to Renée LaDue, the Society's Communications Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Forthcoming Public Events
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.
20 September: 'A Copy of a Copy: Leek's Replica of the Bayeux Tapestry', by Dr Brenda King, Chair of the Textile Society.
18 October: 'The Relics of Battle Abbey', by Dr Michael Carter FSA (English Heritage).
22 November: 'Motherboards and Motherloads: The Evolving Excavation of the Digital Age', by Dr Christine Finn FSA.
Click here for more information on our public lectures. We also run public tours of our building and collections (£10 per person) preceding the lectures above.
23 September (17.30-19.30): In this presentation Amara Thornton FSA and Michael McCluskey (University College London) will discuss the life and work of British archaeologist Gerald Lankester Harding FSA as captured on screen, setting the footage in the context of interwar excavations and the history of cinema. The presentation will include screening of footage rarely seen since the 1930s, as well as fascinating materials from Harding’s archive showing his experiences on these digs.
Admission is £5.00 (includes a glass of wine upon arrival). Concessions are available (contact email@example.com for information). For more information, including booking, please visit the website.
Postgraduate Open Day (14 October)
The Society of Antiquaries of London has the largest antiquarian library in the country, with a collection spanning items from the 10th century to present day, reflecting 300 years of research and scholarship into the history and material remains of Great Britain and other countries. Our second annual Postgraduate Open Day is focused on helping students learn about the resources that can available for their postgraduate studies (aimed at students beginning or currently undertaking postgraduate study).
Find out more and reserve your place via our website (this is a FREE event, but space is limited and reservations are required).
Society Dates to Remember
22 September: Memorial for Past President Christopher Brooke
The Society's Library will be closed on Friday, 14 October, for its second annual Postgraduate Open Day.
Professor Christopher Brooke, MA LittD FBA FSA
, who died in December
, was a distinguished Fellow in addition to his achievements as a historian. He was the Society’s oldest-surviving President, a post he held from 1981 to 1984. An important aspect of his presidency was the decision to re-open excavations at Sutton Hoo under the direction of Martin Carver FSA.
The memorial event
is to be held on Thursday, 22 September
, and will focus on the impact Christopher Brooke had as a Fellow and President of the Society, and we hope Fellows, Friends and Family will come together to celebrate his accomplishments.
The event (16.00 - 17.00) will be followed by a drinks reception (17.00 - 19.00). All are welcome, but we ask you to please reserve a place
to help us prepare for the evening.
14 October: Postgraduate Open Day
Regional Fellows Groups
South West Fellows
Want to join the South West Regional Fellows Group? If you would like to receive email updates about forthcoming meetings, you can subscribe online at: http://eepurl.com/MvHUr
14–16 October: The Annual Field Weekend is in Usk this year. The programme includes visits to castles at Hay-on-Wye and Usk, Llanthony Abbey, Clytha House and Gardens and other historic houses and sites in the area. For more information on this event, please contact Bob Child, FSA, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to join the Welsh Regional Fellows Group? If you would like to receive email updates about forthcoming meetings, email Bob Child at email@example.com.
18 October: Yorkshire's lost Sebastopol Trophies by Ruth Brown, FSA (18.00 at the Bar Convent, York).
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Other Forthcoming Heritage Events
See end for 'Call for Papers'
22 September: Remembering Conrad Russell (London)At a symposium at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Penny Corfield, Linda Levy Peck and Nicholas Tyacke FSA will reflect on and celebrate the life and work of the late Professor Conrad Russell, an eminent politician and historian of early modern Britain. After the discussion, there will be an exclusive preview of the Conrad and Elizabeth Russell Book Sale for Friends of the IHR and ticket holders. The book sale will be open to the public 23–24 September. See online for details.
23 September–13 November: At the Foot of the Pyramid (Rome)
Nicholas Stanley-Price FSA is curating At the Foot of the Pyramid: 300 years of the cemetery for foreigners in Rome, at the Casa di Goethe, under the auspices of the 15 administering embassies. The exhibition assembles more than 40 European and American paintings, drawings and prints from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, including works by JMW Turner, Jacques Sablet, Walter Crane, Jakob Philipp Hackert, Ettore Roesler Franz, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Edvard Munch. Among the most famous tombs, designed by artists such as Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Bertel Thorvaldsen, are those of John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley and the Beat poet Gregory Corso; Italians include Dario Bellezza, Carlo Emilio Gadda and Antonio Gramsci. Shelley thought it ‘The most beautiful and solemn cemetery I have ever beheld.’ Photo shows detail of Rudolph Müller’s painting of the tomb of August von Goethe, the poet’s son (1840s), Klassik Stiftung Weimar.
24 September: Anglo-Saxon Rendlesham A Royal Centre of the East Anglian Kingdom (Bury St Edmunds)
A one-day conference to present the results of archaeological investigation at Rendlesham 2008–14, at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Speakers include Chris Scull FSA and Jude Plouviez FSA, and discussions will be led by Martin Carver FSA, Catherine Hills FSA and Leslie Webster FSA. For details see Suffolk Heritage Explorer.
24 September: 2016 Deerhurst Lecture (Gloucestershire)
The 2015 Deerhurst Lecture will be given by Matthew Townend of the University of York, under the title 'The Road to Deerhurst: 1016 in English and Norse Sources'. The lecture will commemorate the millennium of the peace-meeting at the island of Olney between Kings Edmund Ironside and Cnut after the many battles in the course of the year. Tickets will be available at the church door or visit the Friends Of Deerhurst Church website.
September–November: Venice in Peril Fund Lectures (London)
The Venice in Peril Fund presents an autumn lecture series at the Society of Antiquaries:
26 September – Frank Salmon FSA, ‘Monumental, refined and urbane: Victorian Architecture and Renaissance Venice’.
17 October – Jonathan Keates FSA (Chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund), ‘Shakespeare goes to Venice’.
14 November – Martin Drury FSA, ‘Venice and the Society of Dilettanti’.
27 September: Ten Things You Really Should Know About Ancient Greek Democracy (London)
Paul Cartledge FSA will speak at Barnard's Inn Hall, Gresham College, about ancient Greek democracy – arguing that there was no such thing. Even Athens, which invented both the thing and the name, had at least three versions over a span of about 150 years. Although the ancient Greeks have given the world ‘democracy’, ancient Greek democracy was in several crucial and fundamental respects very different indeed from, if not opposite to, what passes for ‘democracy’ today. See online for details.
29 September: Heraldic Badges: From Miniature to Monumental, 1300–1500 (London)
A Research Forum at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House. The question of how to represent a person was of great importance to artists and patrons in the later Middle Ages. While much attention has focussed on the development of facial likeness in portraiture, the concurrent fashion for expressing identity through symbolic codes has been comparatively ignored. Heraldic badges – a form of symbolic representation whereby individuals are represented through objects, plants, animals, letters or mythological beings – were extremely popular in the royal and aristocratic courts of the 14th and 15th centuries. This conference brings together experts from across Europe, and aims to stimulate cross-cultural conversations on the display, function and circulation of heraldic badges. See online for details.
30 September–1 October: All Depends Upon the Brave: Recent Research into Museum Collections of Ottoman, Middle Eastern and Asian Arms and Armour (London)
Researching and cataloguing of what has since the 19th century been traditionally referred to in the West as ‘Oriental’ arms and armour, present many challenges, as numerous as the diverse regions, cultures and peoples from which they come. Since 2005, a major research project has been underway to catalogue the Wallace Collection’s Oriental Armoury at Hertford House. Other institutions around the world are preparing or have recently completed similar projects. This conference at the Wallace Collection seeks to explore the issues and intricacies of the field, while also celebrating its great works of art. Speakers include Sonia O’Connor FSA, Suzanne Higgott FSA, Thom Richardson FSA, Alan Williams FSA and David Edge FSA. Full details online.
1 October: Libya Matters Workshop: Safeguarding Libyan Heritage (London)
In 2012 the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s and the Society for Libyan Studies held a workshop to record and celebrate the historical and cultural importance of Libya, and to make clear why Libya matters to us all. Since then the situation in Libya has become far more complex and difficult, while travel to the country for non-Libyans is almost impossible. The aim of this workshop at the Strand Campus, King’s College London, is to present some of the work which is being undertaken in the UK and across Europe, to help in the recording, publishing and safeguarding of Libyan heritage. Speakers include David Mattingly FSA, Charlotte Roueché FSA, Susan Walker FSA, Paul Bennett FSA and Will Wootton FSA. See online for details.
5–6 October: Auricular Style: Frames (London)
An international conference at the Wallace Collection will be the first dedicated to the Auricular style, centring on one of its most significant manifestations, the picture frame. Speakers currently include Karen Hearn FSA, Christopher Rowell FSA and Jacob Simon FSA. Displays to run simultaneously with the conference are planned with the Guildhall Art Gallery, and Ham House, London. Relevant topics include connections between countries, the Van Vianens, Fontainebleau, the grotesque. ‘Medici’ frames. the influence of prints, Auricular settings, craftsmanship, the style’s decline and its revivals, and more. Enquiries and submissions (300–400-word abstracts) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 29 January, 2016. Convenors Gerry Alabone FSA and Lynn Roberts, in association with the Institute of Conservation (Gilding & Decorative Surfaces Group). Early bird registration (after which prices rise) ends on 30 June.
5–16 October: Exhibition: William Stukeley Drawings (Spalding)
The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society presents an important exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum, Spalding. The drawings have recently been cleaned, conserved and mounted under a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is the first time they have ever been displayed in public. They are beautiful in their own right, examples of a skill that used to be common before photography was invented. The drawings are important for several reasons, not least for the light they shed on Stukeley's role in shaping the evolution of garden design in 18th-century Britain.
• On 7 October John F H Smith FSA will lecture at Spalding Grammar School, on New Discoveries on William Stukeley's Houses and Gardens. The drawings are personal, and depict Stukeley's homes at Holbeach, Grantham, Stamford and Kentish Town, and include family portraits. They were acquired in the 19th century by Sir Thomas Phillipps, but then disappeared and were thought lost. Recent research has shown that they came to Spalding in 1910 and were bequeathed to the Gentlemen’s Society about 1950.
7–8 October: Sir Walter Scott the Antiquary (Edinburgh/Melrose)
The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (SAS) and Abbotsford House are holding a conference to celebrate the bicentenary of The Antiquary, at the Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland on the Friday (chaired by Iain Gordon Brown FSA and George Dalgleish FSA), and Abbotsford House, Melrose on the Saturday. Published in May 1816, The Antiquary’s 6,000 copies sold out within three weeks, and went through a further nine editions in Scott’s lifetime. Scott was a Vice President of the SAS, and his interests in the material culture of Scotland and their contemporary research form a core element of the novel. This unique event will uncover a different side to Sir Walter Scott, the antiquary and collector, and the physical culture surrounding and inspiring him.
8 October: Environment and Society in the First Millennium A.D. (London)
A conference in the Society of Antiquaries Meeting Room, Burlington House (09.15–18.00) taking a Mediterranean-wide approach, setting climate or pollen data into the wider first millennium A.D., greening the countryside and so making rural surveys meaningful. A panel of international speakers includes Stephen Rippon FSA. To register write to M.Mulryan@kent.ac.uk before 5 October.
8 October: Church Visits: Autumn Study Day (Essex)
Essex historian Christopher Starr FSA will be in situ to talk about four Medieval churches in central Essex: St Mary & St Lawrence, Great Waltham; St Martin, Little Waltham; St John the Evangelist, Little Leighs; and St Mary, Great Leighs. Contact Susan Clark-Starr, Friends of Essex Churches Trust, phone 01787 242121 or 07956 463628, or email email@example.com. See online for details.
10/11 October: Sometimes all that Glitters is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos (Cambridge and London)
The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior, Pylos, Greece, is a spectacular find that matches contemporary graves such as those Heinrich Schliemann dug at Mycenae, while helping to explain the Cretan connections with the south-west Peloponnese and the rise of the site that later hosted the Mycenaean palace. The Faculty of Classics and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, are delighted to announce the first full presentation in the UK of this remarkable discovery. Jack Davis FSA and Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati) will speak on 10 October at 5 pm at the Faculty of Classics, to be followed by a reception. This is anticipated to be a popular lecture. To reserve your place please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 3 October. The speakers will deliver a similar fund-raising address in London, on 11 October, at the Hellenic Centre, 16–18 Paddington Street, for the Anglo-Hellenic League. See online for tickets.
14–16 October: 1066: Interpreting the Norman Conquest in 2016 (London)
In this 950th anniversary year, a conference on the Norman Conquest is to be held by the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London, running from the day of the battle. The conference is intended for a general audience, but the contributions will be delivered by prominent experts, including David Bates FSA, author of a forthcoming biography of William the Conqueror, and Elisabeth van Houts, who has edited and translated several Anglo-Norman chronicles and has published on women and gender in the Middle Ages. Subjects will include the background to the Conquest, arms and armour, architecture, landscape, government, aristocracy, the church, society, the Bayeux Tapestry and the task of studying the period today. To register interest and obtain further information please contact email@example.com or call 0113 220 1888.
15 October: 1066 Battle of Hastings (Southampton)
The University of Southampton is holding a 1066 Battle of Hastings Lifelong Learning study day. Speakers will include David Hinton FSA, Leonie Hicks, Catherine Clarke, Nicholas Karn FSA and Dan Spencer. Full details can be found on online.
15 October: The Age of Luxury: the Georgian Country House c 1700-1820 (Lewes)
Between 1700 and 1820 old houses were transformed and new ones built, some on a spectacular scale by owners who would now be regarded as multi-millionaires. The influence of the Grand Tour on country house owners was considerable, not least as many of them travelled abroad themselves, seeing European fashions at first hand. This Saturday conference chaired by Maurice Howard FSA address such aspects of the Georgian country house. Speakers include Sally Jeffery FSA on the influences on early Georgian garden design, Geoffrey Tyack FSA on architecture and planning, Susan Bracken FSA on interiors and Jonathan Yarker of Lowell Libson on the Grand Tour. Other topics include servants, guidebooks and how such spending was paid for.
The Age of Luxury is part of a series of day conferences organised by Sue Berry for the Sussex Archaeological Society at Lewes. New ideas from Fellows are welcomed (and she is seeking an expert on the impact of the Reformation on the English Parish Church). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Speakers are paid a fee and expenses and can bring a friend free. The watercolour by J. Lambert of Lewes (1780, detail) shows Newick Place near Lewes, the home of Lady Vernon (Sussex Archaeological Society).
19 October: Shakespeare, the Earls of Derby & the North West (Prescot)
Knowsley Hall is hosting an international symposium in association with Liverpool John Moores University and Shakespeare North, organised by Stephen Lloyd FSA. Leading scholars of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre culture will mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, and reveal new research and interpretation about the deep involvement of the Earls of Derby and other members of the Stanley family in the world of Shakespearean theatre, especially in the north-west. See online for details.
21–23 October: The Neolithic of Northern England (Carlisle)
This conference at Tullie House Museum hopes to bring much new and exciting work in the North of England into the mainstream of Neolithic studies. An outstanding group of speakers includes Richard Bradley FSA, Alison Sheridan FSA, Clive Waddington FSA, Gill Hey FSA, Alex Gibson FSA and Andrew Fitzpatrick FSA. See the Royal Archaeological Institute’s website for details.
26 October: The Arundel Choirbook and Tudor Polyphony (London)
A concert in the Great Hall, Lambeth Palace, followed by a reception. Created in 1525, the Arundel Choirbook is one of very few part-books to have survived the Reformation. It reveals a wealth of extraordinary music and is one of the jewels of the collection of Lambeth Palace Library. In a rare performance, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen will perform pieces by Ludford and Fayrfax, complemented with works by Sheppard, a younger contemporary of Fayrfax. For tickets (£60) phone 01904 651485, email email@example.com or see online for full details.
November 2016–June 2017: Lectures on the History of English Architecture (London)
Simon Thurley FSA is giving a series of free lectures in his capacity as Visiting Professor of the Built Environment at Gresham College, a positon created in 2009 for his continuing lectures on the history of English architecture. They will take place at the Museum of London, and will be accessible to the general public on a first come first served basis, beginning promptly at 6pm. The lectures are:
2 November 2016: Saving the Twentieth Century
How far can experimental buildings of the 1960s and '70s be altered for new uses? Should there be new rules for a new era of conservation?
7 December 2016: Tough Choices: Heritage or Housing?
The one built environment issue on which there is political consensus is an urgent need to build more houses. Housebuilding and heritage can be reconciled, but at the moment far too few local authorities know how to do it.
1 February 2017: Perfection or Pastiche? New Buildings in Old Places
The blight of the concrete municipal buildings of the 1960s and 70s in the historic centres of our cathedral cities is all too familiar. Everyone wants to avoid the same mistakes being made again, but can we reconcile old and new in our historic cities?
8 March 2017: The Value of Heritage and the Heritage of Value
There was a time when old places were valued simply for their beauty and interest, but now this is not enough. Are calculations of the financial contribution of our history adding to the value of our heritage or have they fundamentally devalued it?
7 June 2017: Fifty Years of Conservation Areas (Simon Thurley and Desmond Fitzpatrick FSA)
The first Conservation Areas were designated in 1967, today at the golden anniversary there are some 10,000 sites. The presentation will explore the origins, variety and some challenges for the future.
26 November: ‘What the Romans built for us’ in Kent (Canterbury)
The importance of Roman villas in the landscape and history of Kent will be the theme of a one-day conference sponsored by the Kent Archaeological Society (KAS) in association with the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, University of Kent, to be held at Rutherford College. Speakers include Edward Biddulph FSA and Keith Parfitt FSA. Application form on the KAS News & Events page.
27–28 November: The Destruction Of Books (London)
This year’s 38th Annual Conference on Book Trade History, at Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, is concerned with the attrition and loss of books and manuscripts. Speakers will explore misfortunes that can befall books, ranging from accidental or wilful destruction of books to the cutting up and re-use of text and pictures. The impact of book-trade practices and changing fashions in collecting, with the recycling of paper and parchment and the rebinding of books, will form another major theme. Speakers include Brian Cummings FSA, John Goldfinch FSA, Christopher de Hamel FSA, Giles Mandelbrote FSA and Nicholas Pickwoad FSA. See online for full details.
Call for Papers
3–4 November: Society for Museum Archaeology Annual Conference 2016 (Worcester)
The Society for Museum Archaeology Annual Conference will take place at The Hive, offering an opportunity to network with colleagues while hearing about and discussing the latest developments in the field. This year’s theme is ‘A World of Archaeology: from local to global’. Have you worked on projects with international partners? Do you work on a World Heritage Site? Do you engage overseas audiences online? Or do you concentrate on working with local communities, and use imaginative approaches to open up the world? Gail Boyle FSA, Chair of the Society, says they would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to share the innovative ways they work with archaeological collections. Please send proposals or queries to the Society’s Secretary Kat Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 July.
21 January 2017: New Insights into 16th- and 17th-Century British Architecture (London)
This seventh conference in a series will be held at the Society of Antiquaries. Proposals in the form of short abstracts (up to 250 words) are invited for 30-minute long papers. While the emphasis remains on new developments in architecture, we welcome proposals on related themes, such as decorative arts, gardens, sculpture and monuments. The proposals should be submitted by mid-August and the final programme will be announced in September. For further information, please contact Fellows Paula Henderson FSA (email@example.com) or Claire Gapper FSA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
19–21 April 2017: Archaeology: A Global Profession (Newcastle)
The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists’ annual conference and training event will be hosted at the University of Newcastle next year. The three broad themes are professionalism, protection and discovery. Archaeology should be without borders, and professional archaeology must be without borders. We hope the conference will provide an opportunity to report on some of the progress made and to explore both the opportunities and difficulties of professionalising across borders. Deadline for proposals 14 October 2016. See online for further details.
May 17–18 2017: Archaeology and History of Lydia from Early Lydian Period to the Late Antiquity (Izmir, Turkey)
This symposium will take place at the Dokuz Eylul University. Lydia was an ancient region, located in inner western Anatolia, and compared to the coastline of western Asia Minor its archaeology is not well known. We warmly invite contributions by scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines of ancient classical studies related to this region. The aim of the symposium is to report on the state of research concerning Lydia between the 8th century BC and 6th century AD. See online for details.
Project Manager: Kelmscott and Morris: Past, Present and Future
Invitation to submit an offer for Project Management Services for a major conservation-led development project at Kelmscott Manor.
The Society of Antiquaries of London has been awarded a first-round pass by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), offering a development grant as contribution toward Phase 1 work for the scheme to explore the history of Kelmscott through the eyes of William Morris. The Society wishes to appoint a Project Manager to manage Phase 1 (November 2016 to December 2017), the development stage, as well as preparation and assembly of the second round application to HLF. The role of the Project Manager will be generally to manage and co-ordinate the overall project on behalf of and in the best interests of the Society, liaising as necessary with third parties involved with project delivery.
You should have experience in project management of complex heritage projects.
How to Apply: Visit the Society's website and download and read the Project Manager Brief and supporting materials, and submit your offer for Project Management Services to John Lewis, General Secretary before 5.00 pm on Monday, 17 October 2016. Interviews will be held 1 November and 2 November 2016.
Historic England is appointing a Head of Listing Advice, salary £48,000 to £52,000 depending on location and experience. The post is based in London (other locations may be considered but there will be a need for a regular London presence). Closing date 25 September 2016.
The successful candidate will lead the teams that provide specialist Listing advice for Government. This key post will enable you to influence which aspects of our historic surroundings will be safeguarded for the future. You will have an exceptional ability to understand the significance of components of the historic environment and their human context, and a deep interest in all aspects of this environment. You will have a specialist knowledge of architectural history and designed landscapes history. An understanding of local planning and/or research, and other linked specialisms, would be an advantage, as would experience in managing successful projects and delivering to deadline. You will have recent experience of working with the legislative regimes of heritage protection. You will need excellent verbal and written communication skills, tact, and the ability to inspire.
Full details can be found on the Historic England website, Reference No: 7888.
The Council for British Archaeology is seeking a Deputy Director to work from our office in York. Closing date 27 September 2016.
This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to help strengthen existing partnerships, develop new ones and be part of a small team helping to influence national and regional heritage policy. The successful individual will also be helping to develop and implement new projects that help deliver the CBA’s strategic aims and objectives. The core purpose is to work with key stakeholders to raise the CBA’s profile and deliver CBA strategic aims through partnerships and projects, and to take lead responsibility for the CBA’s work relating to public engagement and community participation in archaeology.
Starting salary of £35,000 p.a – with the possibility of an increase for an exceptional candidate, plus attractive pension. A contribution to removal expenses will be available. Interviews are expected to take place on 6 October. Full details are available online.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has vacancies for committee members in London, Yorkshire and the Humber, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, and for committee chairs in the North East, and Yorkshire and the Humber. Closing date 3 October 2016.
Our committee members are passionate about the UK’s heritage, whether it’s conserving an ancient building, supporting plans for a new gallery in a local museum, sprucing up a well-used local park or uncovering the history of a particular community. Each committee meets four times a year. Chairs and members are normally appointed for three years in the first instance. See online for details.
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is appointing three Commissioners, to help us deliver the best possible historic environment services for the people of Wales. Closing date 12 October 2016.
The Commission is the unique, independent national archive and investigation service for Wales, dedicated to the authoritative recording and interpretation of our rich historic environment. Founded by Royal Warrant in 1908, we now receive our principal funding from the Welsh Government. We’re now looking to grow and develop our organisation for the future, with people to join our Board of Commissioners who are prepared to help direct, challenge and constructively review our work. We’re committed to strengthening and diversifying our board, and so are looking for new members who have direct experience or expertise at a senior and/or strategic level in one or more of these areas: development of IT strategies; archaeology, particularly industrial archaeology; and working with communities, particularly hard-to-reach groups.
See online for further details, or contact the Shared Service Helpdesk on 029 2082 5454 or at SharedServiceHelpdesk@wales.gsi.gov.uk.
Propose a Lecture or Seminar
Please download and complete the Lecture Proposal Form, and email it to 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 or themes related to the Society's field of interest: the study of the material past. You can view our current lecture programme in the Events section of our website.
Fellows are also encouraged to propose topics or themes for conferences or seminars that bring scholars and professionals from a variety of disciplines together to explain, discuss and debate our material culture. Please download and complete the Conference Proposal Form, and email it to Renée LaDue, the Society's Communications Officer, if you are interested in helping us organise such an event.