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Salon: Issue 420
29 January 2019

Next issue: 11 February

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Inside this issue

From the Desk of the General Secretary

We are delighted to welcome McCaldin Arts to the Society of Antiquaries on February 15 to perform excerpts from their acclaimed production of Mary's Hand. A unique performance which focuses on one of England's most fascinating monarchs Queen Mary I. Dr John Cooper FSA will introduce the performance with a talk on Mary I as England's first female ruler, focusing on her priorities, her power, and why she has had such a bad press.

This unique opera performance, based on the life of this often misunderstood monarch, brings to life our Hans Eworth portrait of Mary I which hangs in our Meeting Room. This portrait of the first Queen of England was painted soon after her coronation in October 1553 by the Flemish artist; his work inspired the costume for the performance and helps to bring our collection to a wider audience. 

Tickets are available online for this special evening of entertainment. Tickets (£30) includes a drinks reception. 


Eclipsed by her younger half-sister, Elizabeth, Mary Tudor lies ‘in the shadow hand of Time’ – confused with Mary Queen of Scots, vilified as ‘Bloody Mary’ or forgotten. Hailed at her funeral as ‘a King’s daughter’ (first child of Henry VIII) and ‘King also’ (first Queen of England to rule in her own right) the hand that Fortune dealt her was a tricky one. She lies beneath Elizabeth in Westminster Abbey, awaiting resurrection in the afterlife and in the popular imagination.

It’s a little-known fact that Mary loved games of chance. At the beginning of Mary’s Hand Mary invites the audience to help tell her story in a game of cards. The cards (Court Cards – Royals only!) represent the key players in her life. For the show to begin the audience must choose a card. The choice of that and subsequent cards determines the order in which she will sing her story and reflect upon influences and events: her father Henry VIII, her mother Catherine of Aragon, her Catholic faith, as well as the perceived causes of her troubles; her half-brother Edward, half-sister Elizabeth, the ever-stronger Protestant faith, and her desperate desire for a child.

Above all, Mary was driven by the wish to be a good monarch and her deep conviction that she needed to restore England to the Church of Rome. Her marriage to the Catholic Philip II of Spain promised to resolve many of these issues at a stroke, but Mary played her cards badly and paid a high public and personal price.

With words by Di Sherlock and music by Martin Bussey, Mary’s Hand is performed by solo mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin and is scored for cello, trumpet and oboe/cor anglais.

Mary’s dress is a replica of the dress worn in her portrait by Hans Eworth, in the collection of the Society of Antiquaries of London.


Back to the beginning of the report

New Displays

Two new displays of material from the Library and Museum collections have been installed at Burlington House.
In the Library, there is a display of photographs from the Society’s archives, which were taken by a young T.E. Lawrence (later known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’) when he was cycling around France in 1907 and 1908, some of which were used in his undergraduate thesis at Oxford.  Fourteen photographs of French castles and other medieval architecture are exhibited in two showcases. The display was prepared by Bill Woodburn FSA, who has been helping with the cataloguing of the Society’s collection of T.E. Lawrence’s photographs and postcards.

Bill has offered a bottle of “The Antiquary” whisky to the first Fellow who correctly identifies a mystery castle in the display. 

You can read more about this collection in our Unlocking the Collections on T.E. Lawrence  Bill has kindly contributed a blog on the collection and there is a video to follow. 

A figure of Prophet Daniel - another from the collection of cartoons forming the record of the 1923 restoration of the Tewkesbury Abbey medieval stained-glass windows - has been installed in the Council Room. The restoration project was undertaken by the firm Kempe & Co. and led by Walter Ernest Tower FSA. The glass restoration work was carried out by the company’s master glazier, Alfred Edward Tombleson, while draftsman Rudolf Tanner executed most of the drawings in the collection, and all of those which are going to be displayed as part of the current project, concerned with promotion and repacking of the collection.

If you are researching any part of the Society's collection and would like to contribute to our Unlocking our Collections initiative please get in touch with a member of the Library and Collections team or our Communications Manager. 

The Staffordshire Hoard: An Anglo-Saxon Treasure

June 2019 

Through its prestigious Research Reports series, the Society has published findings on iconic sites such as Hengistbury Head, Maiden Castle and Richborough. The very first volume, Excavations on the Site of the Roman Town at Wroxeter, Shropshire, in 1912, was published over 100 years ago.
The latest volume, due for publication in June 2019, – no. 80 in the series – is The Staffordshire Hoard: An Anglo-Saxon Treasure. Written by specialists in Anglo-Saxon archaeology and history, and expert conservators with unparalleled access to the Hoard, it tells the story of the Hoard’s discovery, acquisition and conservation, and its impact locally, nationally and internationally. Richly illustrated with colour photographs, maps and explanatory drawings, it will be the last word on the Staffordshire Hoard for years to come. Its academic editors are Chris Fern FSA, Dr Tania Dickinson FSA and Dr Leslie Webster FSA.  
More news of this exciting new addition to the Society’s research titles will be released over the coming months via Salon and social media. For now, to secure your copy, please click on the following link ( and place your pre-publication order today.

Cultural Gifts Scheme and Acceptance in Lieu 

The Acceptance in Lieu and Cultural Gifts Scheme published its annual report in December with details of acquisitions, which, as Sir Nicholas Serota says in his Preface, ‘will make a significant contribution to the nation’s collections and, in turn, the development and prosperity of the communities that the recipient organisations serve.’
Four Fellows were members of the Acceptance in Lieu Panel 2017/18 (Jonathan Harris FSA, Sir Nicholas Penny FSA, James Stourton FSA and Jeremy Warren FSA), and many others were consulted in the year as expert advisers: David Bindman FSA, James Ede FSA, Christopher Foley FSA, Philippa Glanville FSA, John Harris FSA, Colin Harrison FSA, Jessica Harrison-Hall FSA, Alastair Laing FSA, Martin Levy FSA, Henrietta McBurney FSA, Julia Poole FSA, Felix Pryor FSA, Malcolm Rogers FSA, Timothy Schroder FSA, Charles Sebag-Montefiore FSA and Chris Woolgar FSA. The Society has a strong interest in the work of the scheme, as contributors to its efforts and for the materials with which it deals.
Among the latter in 2017/18 was a collection offered from the estate of John Christian (1942–2016). The panel considered the collection to be pre-eminent under the third criterion (Is the object of especial importance for the study of some particular form of art, learning or history?), in acceptable condition and, following negotiation, fairly valued. It has been temporarily allocated to Shipley Art Gallery, the British Museum, the British Library and the Society of Antiquaries for Kelmscott Manor, pending a decision on its permanent allocation.
The collection includes 531 pieces of studio pottery, 44 19th-and 20th-century decorative art objects, 257 drawings, prints and watercolours, mostly 19th century and Pre-Raphaelite, and nine manuscripts and books relating to the Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris. Christian was a leading authority on 19th-century British art, particularly on the life and work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones. The photo shows French stoneware vases from the collection.
The Panel also considered the Grafton archive in acceptable condition, fairly valued and pre-eminent, in this case under the first and fourth criteria (Does the object have an especially close association with our history and national life? Does the object have an especially close association with a particular historic setting?). It has been temporarily allocated to Northamptonshire Record Office.
The archive, offered from the estate of the 11th Duke of Grafton FSA (1919–2011), comprises documents of title and estate papers for the Northampton estates of the Dukes of Grafton at many estates. Most of the papers relate to the Wakefield Lodge estate, and date chiefly from the early 18th century to the 1920s. Wakefield Lodge was the principal home in the Midlands of the FitzRoys from the 1740s until around 1920.

‏Archaeologists Return to Key Neanderthal Site in Iraq


This photo, tweeted by @UCamArchaeology on 28 January, was taken on the last day of a workshop on new Neanderthal data from Shanidar Cave at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge. Among those present are Chris Stringer FSA (second from left at front), Marta Mirazón Lahr FSA (behind him to right), Graeme Barker FSA (fourth from left at front), Paul Pettit FSA (behind him to right), and at far back (just visible fourth from right) Chris Hunt FSA. Archaeologists have been making significant new discoveries at an iconic Neanderthal site in the Zagros Mountains of Kurdistan, first excavated in the 1950s. ‘There is no gold,’ says Hunt in a video published by Kurdistan24 last September, ‘there are no rubies, but there is knowledge, and it’s priceless!’
A Neanderthal skeleton from Shanidar became famous after its excavator, Ralph Solecki, argued that pollen recovered from around the bones showed the body had been covered with flowers, indicating not only a deliberate burial, but intimating care and emotion. Others suggested the pollen may have washed down from higher layers of earth. Regardless of the controversy the site remains important, not least for the ten Neanderthal individuals represented in the Smithsonian excavations.
In 2015 and 2016 renewed work uncovered hominin remains close to the site of Solecki’s discoveries. Writing in the Journal of Human Evolution (2017) Mirazón Lahr, Hunt and Barker, with Emma Pomeroy, Federica Crivellaro, Lucy Farr and Tim Reynolds, argued that the bones came from the same individual that Solecki and Arlette Leroi-Gourhan, who identified the pollen, imagined buried with flowers.
Last autumn the team, led by Barker, Hunt and Reynolds, found a skull and upper body from another individual. Hunt describes the research in an interview by Elizabeth Culotta for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (22 January). ‘The new find’, he says, ‘is adjacent to the “flower burial” body, so we have a unique opportunity to test [Leroi-Gourhan’s] observations.’ It’s possible that the lower body had already been recovered by Solecki’s team. ‘We are seeking funding for further work,’ adds Hunt, ‘because we have a whole season’s worth of analyses to do, and we are aware of further Neanderthal remains. We’d like more dates and to try to extract DNA from the sediment itself as well.’
They were working at Shanidar in 2014 when Daesh ‘got uncomfortably close’ and the dig had to be abandoned (photo right shows Barker near the cave). But the Kurdish Peshmerga have a base at Shanidar, says Hunt, and they and the Kurdish Directorate of Antiquities ‘have looked after us splendidly. Shanidar is an immense source of national pride for the Kurds.’

Chris Skidmore Gets his Skates on

In the last Salon I wrote about Chris Skidmore FSA, then newly appointed as Minister for Education and Science. It would be an understatement to say that he has since been busy, mostly pursuing the cause of British universities. He has also occasionally made public appearances to support the Withdrawal Agreement which the Prime Minister and the EU agreed, and which Parliament voted against with a 230 majority. Guess which drew more media interest, universities or Brexit?
Skidmore is one of several younger government officers who voted to stay in the EU in the 2016 Referendum (others include Claire Perry, my own MP, and Matt Hancock, a former Secretary of State for Culture), but who have been loyally supporting Theresa May’s ‘deal’ to leave. It can be challenging. On 22 January Skidmore joined a panel discussing Brexit on BBC TV’s Politics Live. The presenter, Jo Coburn, asked Skidmore if he supported postponing the date the UK leaves the EU beyond 29 March, the currently legally binding departure date. Skidmore (on right in clip above) prevaricated. Martin Lewis, a financial journalist, pursued the question, demanding a yes or no answer. Skidmore smiled, carried on, and Lewis rolled his eyes and threw his papers in the air. ‘Furious Brexit clash with top Tory,’ reported the Mirror. ‘A Brexit question? Not being answered? By a Tory minister? Truly, Martin Lewis' frustration spoke for a nation.’

Meanwhile Skidmore has been at work arguing the benefits of university degrees and research, not least, as he told the Times (1 January) in the humanities. Universities, he said, should be places where ‘everyone has the ability to think freely, to speak freely and to develop and push their boundaries freely’.
On 7 January Skidmore wrote an article for the same paper about the potential impact of the Withdrawal Agreement on UK science and research. ‘Knowledge does not respect national borders,’ he said. ‘On the contrary, the best research is an international endeavour. Britain’s success is built on deep partnerships with other countries. Our labs and universities collaborate closely with colleagues in the US, in China, in India, and of course in the rest of Europe.’
On that day he visited Research England in Bristol. ‘Universities’ research and knowledge exchange work makes an important contribution to the UK economy,’ he said in a statement, ‘helping to drive our modern Industrial Strategy and to ensure every part of the country benefits.’
On 9 January he was asked by the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee about the Erasmus and Horizon student skills and education exchange programmes. Expressing ‘passionate support’ for the Withdrawal Agreement – ahead of discussing the implications of a no-deal Brexit – he said, ‘I’m fairly assured that the confidence we will give researchers and the scientific community that the continuation of Horizon 2020 and continuation of projects within that framework is safe, but it is that secondary Horizon Europe phase moving into the 2020s, up to 2027 where we would need to look at what might be possible.’
‘Nobody should ever be held back from pursuing their dreams by their background or circumstances,’ he wrote in the Guardian (17 January). ‘And there is certainly no reason why disability should stand in the way of someone going to university and fulfilling their potential.’
On 22 January he announced the launch of ‘New international research partnerships to put the UK at the forefront of tackling global grand challenges … Reducing the impact of ocean pollution, improving security of food supply and controlling infectious diseases.’ On 23 January he announced that proposals for accelerated two-year degrees ‘to increase choice for students and save on tuition fees’ had been passed by the House of Commons. And on 25 January he outlined his coming priorities, ‘reaffirming the government’s commitment to science, research and innovation.’ As I write, UK in Azerbaijan is tweeting photos of a meeting at Westminster with Baroness Nicholson and one Chris Skidmore.

Brighton & Hove Museum Opens New Archaeology Gallery


On Saturday 26 January the Elaine Evans Archaeology Gallery opened to the public at Brighton and Hove Museum, a significant new display which showcases the antiquities of East Sussex and those who have been uncovering them, both of national interest. Carenza Lewis FSA spoke at the opening. Matt Pope FSA was there too, and he has kindly written this response to a gallery he has long looked forward to seeing:
‘Brighton and Hove Museum’s archaeology gallery opens a new chapter in the history of archaeological research in the city. The museum had been without a formal archaeology gallery since the late 1990s, when the story of the city’s deep past was considered to be a lower priority than other competing themes in what was then a town undergoing rapid changes in demographics and identity. It has taken the 20 years since to consistently make the case that deep time has a pivotal role to play in any place, and that the archaeological record of the downland landscape the city now occupies was both nationally important and deserved display and proper explanation to the public.
‘The new gallery was made possible by the incredible generosity of a single donor, Elaine Evans BEM, in an example of the kind of philanthropy that rarely fills the holes left by austerity economics in our sector. But much credit should go to active campaigning spearheaded by the Brighton and Hove Archaeology Society (BHAS), which was set up in 1906 by the museum’s first Curator of Archaeology and Local History, Herbert S Toms. Successive BHAS Presidents, John Funnell, Jane Russell and David Rudling FSA, advocated effectively for a new display of archaeology across the community, from engaging councillors to collecting signatures on the city streets.
‘The momentum continued with new high-profile research on the dating of Whitehawk Neolithic causewayed enclosure led by Alasdair Whittle FSA, and community projects based on the site through a Heritage Lottery funded partnership between BHAS, the museum and UCL Institute of Archaeology. This work did much to engage local schools in the city’s archaeology, and the need grew for a focus of interest beyond teaching collections and innovative teaching. This became more urgent with the placing of British prehistory on the National Curriculum, and the realisation the museum had something remarkable for Key Stage 2 children based on the past of their immediate landscape.
‘The fantastic exhibition that resulted from this momentum and Elaine Evan’s generosity was made real through the dedication, expertise and creativity of the Brighton and Hove Museum’s team, mostly notably Richard Le Saux, Andrew Maxted, Su Hepburn and Dan Robertson. They worked with cutting-edge research in bioarchaeology, genetics and stable isotopes to base the display around five individuals from the Neolithic through to the Anglo-Saxon period, whose remains have been excavated in the area. Each skeleton is displayed in full and set alongside detailed facial reconstructions and key sites and artefacts from each period. The result is a very human experience, explained at different levels for all ages groups, and threaded through for the very young by the narrative of the time-travelling Eva. Further touches include computer animations by digital artists Grant Cox to contextualise the important Ice Age collections, and objects created by archaeological crafts-people including James Dilley, Sally Pointer, Graham Taylor and Rolland Williamson.
‘But for me the greatest triumph is the space itself, a generous but not overly huge room, with a balance between content and space allowing people to move and explore. Papered walls envelope the exhibit in the atmospheric wooded downland of Kingley Vale, and the centre of the room is left open as a circular seating space around a “fireplace,” a place to sit and think or teach and tell stories. Within that room is every iconic object which I grew up with as a child on my regular visits to the museum: it includes every site which I explored as a teenager and many objects which I’ve been lucky enough to hold and know as an archaeologist. To once again see the remains of the Whitehawk female and infant, which family tradition says was “excavated” by my great-grandfather when working as a labourer for Cecil Curwen FSA in the 1930s, was to come full circle. I can now take my own children to see a bit of our personal heritage.
‘I know from my own experience of past and place, that connection with ancient people irrespective of any direct “ancestry” is what these displays are really about. But the new exhibition, wonderful and inspirational as it is, is only the starting point. It can now be the foundation on which the archaeological community of Brighton and Hove can work to connect more people with the past, uncover new and deeper understanding of sites and objects, and protect the rich archaeology of the city and its urban fringe for future generations.’
• Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. The Whitehawk woman’s face is thought to be the first to be reconstructed taking into account recent ancient DNA research which suggests early Neolithic people in Britain had dark skin, eyes and hair.

New Year Honours

The New Year Honours list for 2019 recognised many people who have made public contributions to our heritage and culture, among them those listed here with their citations and notes.
Ian Blatchford FSA, Director, Science Museum Group. For services to cultural education (top).
Robert Bartlett FSA, Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, University of St Andrews. For services to history.
Diana Murray FSA, Chair, Arts and Business Scotland. For services to the cultural and historic environment in Scotland (right).

 Sam Mullins FSA, Director, London Transport Museum. For services to the London Transport Museum.
Kate Tiller FSA, DL Reader Emerita in English Local History, University of Oxford. For services to local history
Steve Trow FSA. For services to heritage (left).

Other recipients included:
Caroline Collier (Caroline Teare), Director of Partnerships and Programmes, Tate. For services to galleries, museums and the arts in the UK.
Malcolm Dick, Director, Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham. For services to history in the West Midlands.
Malcolm Hay, Curator, Parliamentary Art Collection. For services to Parliament’s art and heritage.
Helen Maclagan, Warwickshire. For services to heritage and culture.
Nasar Mahmood, Chairman, British Muslim Heritage Centre. For services to community relations in Manchester.
Andrew Nairne. For services to museums and the arts.
Mike O'Connor, Deputy Director, National Army Museum. For services to military heritage.
David Olusoga. For services to history and community integration.
Kevin Baker. For services to Cornish mining heritage and the community in Ponsanooth and Camborne.
John Beaton, Works Manager, Monument Conservation Unit, Historic Environment Scotland. For services to the built environment and the community in Argyll.
Stan Beckensall. For services to prehistoric rock art and history in Britain.
Ann Dumas, Curator, Royal Academy of Arts. For services to the arts.
Stephen Foster. For services to the arts in Southampton.
Sharon Granville, Neston, Cheshire. For services to museums.
Chris Lynn, archaeologist. For services to archaeology and heritage in Northern Ireland.
Andrea Nixon, lately Executive Director, Tate Liverpool. For services to the arts.
Peter Nixon, Gloucestershire. For services to Conservation and the National Trust.
David Oddie, Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, The Society of the Friends of St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney. For services to the community in Orkney.
Alan Stoyel, Kington, Herefordshire. For services to water mill heritage.
Ros Westwood, Buxton, Derbyshire. For services to museums and culture in the East Midlands.
British Empire Medal
Liz Asprey (Elizabeth Sharpe-Asprey). For services to the museums in Saltash and south east Cornwall
Jim Davies. For services to coal mining heritage in east Kent.
Bill Espie, Diss, Norfolk, Curator, RAF Regiment Heritage Centre. For voluntary service to veterans and aviation heritage.
John Newstead, Norwich, Norfolk. For services to pharmaceutical heritage.
Anne Speirs, History Curator, Bute Museum. For services to education and historic heritage on the Isle of Bute.
Rosamund Wallinger. For services to gardening heritage and the community in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
Daphne Woodhouse. For services to culture and history in Powys.
MBE (Diplomatic Service and Overseas List)
Edward Baldwin, Chairman, St Helena Heritage Society. For services to the community and local services in St Helena.

Fellows (and Friends)

Rosalys Coope FSA, architectural historian, died in December.
Noël Duval Hon FSA, archaeologist, died in December.
Sir Conrad Swan FSA, genealogist, died in January.
Appreciations appear in Fellows Remembered below. The section also contains a further notice on the late Roger Mercer FSA.
Virginia Glenn FSA died in December.
Geoffrey Stell FSA’s obituary of John Dunbar FSA, who died in May, has been published with a bibliography in Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 147 (2017), 9–16.
Walter Cockle FSA, who as announced previously died in December, was aged 79.
Bernard Nurse FSA writes to say that Pam Hopkins died just before Christmas, aged 94. A music teacher and active in her local Catholic church, including as organist for many years, she was married for over 50 years to John Hopkins FSA, the Society’s Librarian until his retirement in 1986. There is a bust of Hopkins (who died in 2008) by David Neal FSA in the Society's library.

Joyce Reynolds FSA, headlined by the Sunday Times Magazine as ‘Mary Beard’s former tutor’, reported a day in her life to Adrian Pope shortly before her 100th birthday (16 December). ‘I’ve lived a healthy life,’ she says, ‘but I wasn’t aiming to – I just did what I liked to do. I walked a lot, but that’s because the work I did as an archaeologist involved going to other countries.’ ‘The world has changed a good deal since I was a child,’ she says, ‘– for the better. Then, there were few women in high positions. Now there are enormously more things we are able to do – though no doubt still plenty of areas where men have more opportunities.’ ‘Brexit is dreadful,’ she adds. ‘My reaction to being told the result of the referendum was: “I am glad I have no children.” I had a number of boyfriends over the years, and very much wanted to marry one of them, but it didn’t happen. There were lots of other things to do in any case – and I was able do things that might not have been easy to do with a boyfriend around.’

Steven Ashley FSA has edited At the Roots of Heraldry: Collected Papers of John Archibald Goodall, compiled in memory of John Archibald Goodall FSA (1930-2005), a leading authority on heraldry, seals, coins, church monuments, and oriental art and culture. He was a familiar figure, writes Ashley, known to many at the Society and at the College of Arms where he served as research assistant to Sir Anthony Wagner, Garter King of Arms. He was awarded the Society of Antiquaries’ Medal in 1996. He was working on a catalogue of the Antiquaries’ seals collection and on Aspilogia IV: Rolls of Arms of Edward II at the time of his death. Among his notes and papers taken into the Society’s care at this time were many unpublished studies, from which this selection is drawn. The book has an introduction, appreciations of Goodall’s life and work by Sally Badham FSA and Thomas Woodcock FSA, Garter King of Arms. A substantial last paper brings together many useful sources for the first time, with each entry including a blazon of the arms, the names of the order, patron and founder and date of foundation.

Carole Biggam FSA, Honorary Senior Research Fellow (English Language & Linguistics) at the University of Glasgow, writes to say she has recently co-edited two books. The Daily Lives of the Anglo-Saxons, edited with Carole Hough FSA and Daria Izdebska, was published in 2017. Progress in Colour Studies: Cognition, Language and Beyond, published last year, is edited with Lindsay W MacDonald and Galina V Paramei. This is a multidisciplinary work, says Biggam, and includes chapters of interest to the Society on subjects such as colour in the Pompeiian cityscape and colour in early Antarctic photography. It presents authoritative and up-to-date research in colour studies, adds the blurb, by specialists across a wide range of academic disciplines, including vision science, psychology, psycholinguistics, linguistics, anthropology, onomastics, philosophy, archaeology and design.

Heads up for Mary Beard FSA, who has brought a new space for intelligent and entertaining discussion to television with Front Row Late, broadcast on BBC2 late on Fridays. On 18 January she was joined by another Fellow, Simon Jenkins FSA, along with David Olusoga and Shahidha Bari. Beard interviewed drag queen Panti Bliss, and they talked about how they dress and present themselves. I stopped wearing makeup in my twenties, said Beard. I enjoyed it, but ‘I now feel that I am who I look like.’ By contrast, said Bliss, feminine hair, dress and makeup ‘Revealed me to the world.’ ‘Ever been tempted?’ Beard asked Jenkins. ‘Im with Panti, I’m afraid…’ replied Jenkins, ‘some of the time!’ 
• Beard – ‘one of Britain’s best-known Classicists’ – along with artists Lorna Simpson and Ed Ruscha, will be presented with a J Paul Getty Medal in September at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. The medals are presented annually to honour ‘extraordinary contributions to the practice, understanding and support of the arts’.
The Society for Museum Archaeology (SMA) has been awarded £49,413 by Arts Council England to deliver the SMART Project (Society for Museum Archaeology Resources and Training Project) that will enable museum staff and volunteers to develop their archaeological collections skills and connect with specialist expertise. They plan to review museum archaeology collections care and management standards, provide free training workshops and develop a peer networking and mentoring programme. Duncan Brown FSA, Chair of SMA said in a press release, ‘The SMART project is the culmination of years of work by the SMA in raising the profile of archaeology in our museums. Curatorial expertise is required to make those collections fully accessible, and the SMART project will provided much needed training across the whole sector.’

Kiss and Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture, has opened recently at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich. The exhibition has been project-managed by Philip Wise FSA and curated by Emma Roodhouse of Colchester and Ipswich Museums. The centrepiece, writes Wise, is The Kiss by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) on loan from Tate and one of the three marble versions of the sculpture produced during the artist’s lifetime. The Tate’s version was commissioned by Edward Perry Warren (1860-1928), the eccentric American antiquarian and collector most famous for acquiring the ‘Warren Cup’, the Roman silver drinking vessel with its explicit representation of homosexual love now in the British Museum. The Ipswich exhibition contextualises The Kiss in terms of Rodin’s work and in relation to other depictions of the human form from the life drawings of John Constable to 20th-century sculptures by Henry Moore, Elisabeth Fink and Maggi Hambling. Admission is free and the exhibition runs until 28 April.

David Gaimster FSA, a former General Secretary of the Society, has selected items in the collections of the Auckland Museum, where he is now Director, for a book in the series Directors’ Choice. Interviewed for the New Zealand Herald (18 December), he was asked what he liked best about the Auckland Museum, coming as an outsider? ‘It was established in the same year as London’s Victoria and Albert Museum,’ he replied, ‘so it’s part of the global modern museum movement. Thomas Cheeseman, its founding curator, was one of the world’s leading natural scientists and a Yorkshireman, like me. The Auckland Museum was a project of remarkable vision funded by the people of Auckland.’ The museum is planning a $100 million upgrade.

David Adshead FSA has been appointed to succeed David McKinstry as Secretary of the Georgian Group. In a statement, Adshead says: ‘It is a great honour to have been asked to serve the Georgian Group in its vital role of defending and celebrating architecture and landscapes of the long 18th century. Having had the privilege of working for many years for the National Trust with great buildings and collections already saved for the nation, the prospect of rolling up my sleeves and championing the cause of places threatened by neglect, demolition or inappropriate alteration is very stimulating.’ He can be contacted at

English Heritage is planning to open a second-hand bookshop at Kenwood, to help fund conservation works at the grand 17th-centuty house on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Volunteers hope to attract high quality donations, writes Properties Curator, Kristian Kaminski FSA, with a good stock of art, architecture, gardening and vintage/antiquarian books in particular which would make the shop a visitor attraction in itself. Kaminski is looking for books, pre-war prints/paintings and postcards/ephemera, and bookshelves (a glass bookcase for displaying higher value books would be particularly welcome). Contact • Enjoying a read is William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (by David Martin, 1775), who commissioned Robert Adam and his brother James to remodel the house in 1764–79.

On 27 January a volunteer group in Orkney appealed for the return of a laptop and hard drive stolen in a burglary and thought to be still on the Mainland island. The computer holds data from a survey conducted over several months of HMS Royal Oak, which was sunk in Scapa Flow by a U-boat 80 years ago with the loss of 834 men. A £1500 reward has been offered for the equipment’s return.
Lucy Worsley FSA, says Victoria Segal in the Sunday Times (27 January) ‘is on excellent form with American History’s Biggest Fibs, her “minor character in Cranford” veneer masking a sharp political commentary on the state of the nation past and present.’ In the first programme she ‘deftly showed that [a contested statue of the Confederate general Robert E Lee in Charlottesville] wasn’t erected until 1924, placed there at the peak of racist Ku Klux Klan-inspired violence with the sole intention of intimidating, terrifying, reasserting authority.’ The three-part series is being broadcast of BBC4 an can be seen here online.
Lord Sudeley FSA believes hereditary peerages should be restored at the House of Lords. He puts the case for this and other causes in a new history of the House, Peers through the Mists of Time: Observations on the Origin and Evolution of the Old House of Lords. ‘A principal flaw of democracy,’ he writes in a press release, ‘is its failure to safeguard minority interests, of which farming has been the most significant.’ Most of our history, he says, has been written by Whigs, ‘absorbed by the increasing ascendency of the House of Commons, which has left a yawning gap in English historiography.’ As a result, ‘the House of Lords has been overlooked.’ ‘After all,’ he adds, referring to hereditary peerages, ‘it happened before, after the failure of Cromwell’s Republic, and it worked very well. The only other two alternatives are an Appointed or an Elected Upper Chamber. Both are unsatisfactory.’

Mercie Lack and Barbara Wagstaff, school teachers holidaying in Suffolk in 1939, photographed the excavation of the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo. They created a record that even now archaeologists often fail to achieve on their own digs, photographing not just arcane details but wider views of the site, people and incidents, in both colour and black and white. The British Museum has had prints and negatives in its collections for some 40 years, mostly unpublished, but recently the National Trust was left a duplicate set of over 400 prints, negatives and annotated albums. The Trust exhibited some of the photos in 2010, and is now conserving them as part of a £4m project called Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story. Works include a 17m high viewing tower, requiring an excavation itself, a new exhibition in Tranmer House and alterations to buildings.

David Breeze FSA has edited The Crosby Garrett Helmet, a book that rounds up all the research and fieldwork carried out on a Roman parade helmet found in Cumbria by a metal detectorist in 2010 – the final and detailed report on survey and excavation as well as on the helmet itself. The many contributors include Paul Bidwell FSA, Mike Bishop FSA, Jonathan Coulston FSA, James Gerrard FSA, Anne Irving FSA, Matthew Ponting FSA and Sally Worrell FSA. The helmet was controversially sold by Christie’s soon after discovery, following an expert but intrusive conservation that was barely recorded, for a museum-defeating £1.7 million. It remains in unidentified private hands, though the owner has loaned it to museums for special exhibitions at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, the British Museum and the Royal Academy. 

As the new year came in, BBC Radio 4 broadcast five programmes, mostly around 40 minutes long, presented by Neil MacGregor FSA. In As Others See Us he talked to ‘leading political, business and cultural figures,’ all eloquent and all interesting, in five different countries – Germany, Egypt, Nigeria, Canada and India – about how they see Britain ‘through historical events, cultural influences and objects’. Writing in the Guardian (28 December), Charlotte Higgins FSA reported MacGregor’s impressions of his interviewees. ‘Because the rest of the world sees the EU as such a positive force,’ says MacGregor, ‘our language about it as the enemy, our comparing it with Nazi Germany, is not only seen as incomprehensible but also unacceptable.’ Not one of his interlocutors, says Higgins, thought Brexit was a good idea, and they ‘were concerned about false and damaging myths of British exceptionalism’.

Fellows Remembered

Noël Duval Hon FSA died on 12 December, aged 88. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society in May 1988. He was awarded the Society’s Frend Medal in 1991, in recognition of his contributions to the study of archaeological and material remains of the early Christian Church.
The Association for Late Antiquity, of which he was a former Secretary then Treasurer, described Noël Duval as ‘a defining personality in French archaeology for decades,’ noting his edited three-volume First Christian Monuments of France (1995–98). François Baratte, President of the Association, wrote of ‘the role he played in the founding of our association and the magazine, two companies that were close to his heart, his eminent place in the scientific community and his tireless activity in the service of the archaeology of late antiquity, particularly in North Africa.’
His master's thesis was on Themistius and the Theory of the Empire in the Fourth Century. He was the last French General Director of the Department of Tunisian Antiquities and Arts, and then a lecturer at the universities of Tunis, Nantes, Lille and Fribourg. He was Head of the Greek and Roman Department at the Louvre (1968–75) and taught Late Antiquity and Medieval Byzantine Art at the University Paris-Sorbonne (1976–92). He later taught archaeology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
He was awarded the Silver Medal of the National Centre for Scientific Research, and the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur. He was a Corresponding Fellow, Archaeology, of the British Academy, where his interests are described as history, archaeology, epigraphy of Late Antiquity: imperial ideology and palaces; iconography; early Christian and Byzantine architecture; ecclesiastical architecture and fittings; and Christian inscriptions.

Rosalys Coope FSA died on 26 December, aged 97. She was elected a Fellow of the Society in January 1961. Maurice Howard FSA, a close friend and colleague, has kindly written this obituary for Salon:
‘One of our longest-serving Fellows, Dr Rosalys Coope, died on Boxing Day. She was elected to the Society as part of a group of relatively young female scholars promoted and celebrated by the President of the day, Joan Evans FSA. Rosalys’s life was one of extraordinary scholarly achievement across a number of spheres of art and architectural history, without institutional support but with the help of family and friends who recognised her sharp intellectual curiosity. She was extremely productive in terms of publication, and whilst she never formally held a teaching post was nevertheless a constant source of encouragement and advice to so many of us in the art-historical community.
‘She was born Rosalys Torr, and after her marriage to Peter Coope in 1951 (they set up home at Epperstone, Nottinghamshire and it was here that she died), used her maiden name (but as Torre) as a middle name for the rest of her life. Her mother died when she was just ten months old. She finished her schooling in Switzerland and Italy, where in 1938 she stayed in Florence at a house secretly harbouring Jewish people waiting to escape and where she met the great art historian Bernard Berenson, as well as being present at the opening of the new Florence railway station and witnessing Mussolini in full flow from the famous window at Palazzo Venezia, Rome.
‘She served in the Wrens during the war and ended up in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1944, later meeting her future husband on his release from a prisoner of war camp. Returning to Britain she worked for two years for Kenneth Clark (largely from his London house, where she always remembered the Picasso drawings in the downstairs lavatory) and studied at the Courtauld Institute (alongside the slightly younger Pamela Wynn-Reeves, later Tudor-Craig, also FSA) and was there taken under the wing of Margaret Whinney FSA.
‘She formed part of a very particular group of students that were trained by Anthony Blunt FSA, and followed one of his several paths in architectural enquiry, that of the buildings of France in the 16th and 17th centuries (though her friend the late Mary Whiteley FSA turned to French medieval architecture). The debt that great scholars of recent times owe to Blunt and this group is always acknowledged across academic circles in France and America. Rosalys’s studies resulted in a series of articles and in 1972 the publication of her book Salomon de Brosse and the Development of the Classical Style in French Architecture from 1565 to 1630, from the house of the then leading publisher of monographs on great early modern architects, AC Zwemmer. At the same time she completed the catalogue of the RIBA drawings of Jacques Gentilhâtre. She never completely set down her studies of French building, but a clear sign that she was following up the connections back to Britain came with her article on John Thorpe and the Hôtel Zamet in Paris, in the Burlington Magazine for 1982.
‘Rosalys was a close friend of the architectural historian Howard Colvin FSA and it was whilst he was working on the crucial volume four of The History of the King’s Works that Rosalys undertook research into the plan and appearance of Richmond Palace. It was her fascination for this site and the appearance of extraordinary galleries leading out of the palace into the garden that led to her extensive work on the phenomenon of the Long Gallery in England. This was published in two sections, on the meaning of the term itself, and then its origin, development, use and decoration, in Architectural History for 1984 and 1986, articles that have been cited in practically every single publication since on the buildings of early modern England.
‘She was immensely helpful to me in my studies of the National Trust property of The Vyne, giving days of her time to elucidating documents in the Hampshire Record Office, on trips up and down the country to private collections to see visual evidence of the house, and using her local connections to afford me access to the then very closed archives at Belvoir Castle.
‘By this time, the early 1990s, she had for some years devoted herself to the local history of the East Midlands and especially one of its greatest building palimpsests, Newstead Abbey. Nine articles on Newstead appeared in the Transactions of the Thoroton Society, the last, after a gap of many years, appearing as recently as 2017. In 2014, at the age of 92, she published, with the help of her friend Pete Smith, a book of the compilation of these essays, all revised and updated, as Newstead Abbey: a Nottinghamshire Country House, its Owners and Architectural History 1540-1931. This was shortlisted for the annual Alice Davis Hitchcock prize for the best book on architectural history by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
‘Her scholarship and curiosity extended beyond architecture; her extensive notes on the iconography of the wall paintings, identifying continental print sources, at Bolsover Castle, were used for many years in both literature and on the interpretative wall displays at the site. They have been acknowledged by the leading scholar of iconographic studies of this period in England, Anthony Wells-Cole, as pioneering in their approach and their thoroughness.
‘For the Society of Architectural Historians she organised the annual conference at Nottingham in 1989 and co-organised the Society’s study trip to the Loire Valley in 2000. On this trip she had a nasty fall at the hotel on the third morning, was forced to take to her bed for three days but was there on the last full day, duly giving the on-site lecture she had promised and sharing the fruits of her research on the little-known château of La-Roche-du-Maine. She was awarded the Society’s rare distinction of Honorary Patron in 2016, the year of her 95th birthday. Her scholarship of Nottingham and its environs was matched by her service to local societies. She was Director of Bromley House Library 1988-2005, the first female Chair of the Thoroton Society 1984-92 and its President 2006-14.
‘Rosalys was a wonderful friend to several generations of art historians. For almost 30 years she attended most of the colloques at the Centre for Renaissance Studies, University of Tours, organised under the aegis of André Chastel by Jean Guillaume and Claude Mignot, Professors of Architectural History at Tours and subsequently at the Sorbonne. There she introduced many younger British scholars to the French colleagues who so admired her. She loved to travel, went all over the Middle East with her goddaughter in her later years, to some places like Libya and The Yemen that many of us presently regret we never got to, and at the age of 90 travelled into the Arctic Circle as far as Tromso and Alta. It has been a privilege and a unique experience to have known her these past 40 years and there’s no scholar-friend to whom I have felt closer. Rosalys is survived by her daughters Clare and Helena, and by two grandsons.’
Pamela Tudor-Craig FSA, referred to above, died in December 2017.


Sir Conrad Swan FSA died on 10 January, aged 94. He was elected a Fellow of the Society in May 1971.
Described by the Daily Telegraph (19 January) as a ‘Globetrotting genealogist who brought scholarship and a romantic spirit to the College of Arms,’ Conrad Swan acted for the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965; was on duty for the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1969; was Gentleman Usher-in-Waiting to Pope John Paul II during the papal visit of 1982; and for three years was Garter Principal King of Arms (1992–95), playing ‘a vital role’, says the Telegraph, ‘in building appreciation of the role of heraldry in Britain and throughout the Commonwealth.’
Unusually for an English herald, writes Gordon Casely in the Herald, Swan was born of a father descended from a noble Polish family and was the first Canadian appointed to the English College of Arms. ‘An innovator,’ continues Casely, Swan ‘was the first herald to execute duties in full tabard across the Atlantic Ocean and in the southern hemisphere. This he did in Bermuda in 1969 and again in Brisbane in 1977. Instrumental in the creation of an honours system for Antigua and Barbuda, from 1964 he was invited by Lester Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada, to advise on the establishment of a Canadian national flag, and on the creation of an honours system based on what is now the Order of Canada.’
‘Swan was a born traveller,’ says the Herald, ‘originally destined for a lifetime career in the Indian Army.’ He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and was commissioned into the Madras Regiment. He took early retirement after Indian independence in 1947, and studied for two degrees at the University of Western Ontario. Returning to the UK he completed a doctorate at the University of Cambridge in 1955, on the effect of the Elizabethan settlement on Catholicism at Oxford and Cambridge, leading to an assistant professorship.
His invitation to join the College of Arms as Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms was not greeted with universal delight, as the Telegraph reports:
‘ “A PHD at the College of Arms! What next?” demanded one retired Garter. Settling down to catalogue the Garter papers, Swan soon discovered that good humour among the college's 13 members could degenerate into envy, knives could be sharp, and feuds could be carried beyond the grave.’
His main genealogical work was Blood of the Martyrs (1993), about the British Knights of Malta. He titled his autobiography A King from Canada (2005).
He was appointed LVO in 1978, CVO in 1986, KCVO in 1994, and to the Orders of Norway, Lithuania and Poland.


Fellows have contributed memories of Roger Mercer FSA, who died in December.
Vincent Megaw FSA recalls ‘Roger’s transition from Harrow County Grammar School via the Royal Scots Guards and his arrival as an undergraduate in Edinburgh, where his professional life was to remain firmly centred – all this and more, not least as President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, he has chronicled in a backward-looking piece for Antiquity in 2016. His solid form – portly seems too unkind an adjective – his wit, his self-placatory mimicry, not least occasionally at the expense of others, chiefly of the more Scottish of his Scottish contemporaries, is an image which will remain for a long time. Roger, though, was not just witty but by turns trenchant and affectionate in his analysis of people and places, nowhere more so than in his British Academy Memoir for Stuart Piggott FSA, teacher, colleague and friend. Roger ended his Memoir with Stewart’s description of his own life, a quotation from John Aubrey: “Surly my starres impelled me to be an Antiquary. I have the strangest luck at it, that things drop in my lap.” I think this fits Roger as well, as we sorrow with his family and remember him – with affection.’
Tim Clough FSA writes that ‘Roger Mercer and I were exact student contemporaries in the very small Department of Archaeology of the University of Edinburgh in the 1960s. I was grateful for the link in Salon to his Antiquity article, which I had not come across before: I can vouch for the stifling conditions of the first year archaeology course accommodation he describes – though I for one was glad that the lectures were at 5pm and not 9am, and that there were none in the summer term. I think that he and I were the only two candidates sitting the archaeology finals in our year (six three-hour exams in three days): he turned up for the first of these with seconds to spare. Despite that display of brinkmanship, he came out with a better degree than did I.
‘It is my loss that our paths crossed in person but seldom following graduation, for my career took me not into the field but into the museum world, although we did meet at least once at his astonishing Grimes Graves excavations when I was at Norwich Castle Museum. My memories of Roger tally with Diana Murray’s description of his “endless stories” – no doubt involving archaeological excavation on exercises of a slit trench on Salisbury Plain, meeting post office vans in narrow Cornish lanes, and his adoption of a cut-glass Morningside accent to persuade a smart hotel in the Highlands to admit his wet and bedraggled University OTC companions so they could partake of afternoon tea: all the above recounted with a degree of bravura that always brings a smile. Scottish archaeology in particular has lost a good and influential friend.’
Angela Gannon FSA is Archaeology Survey Project Manager at Historic Environment Scotland. She writes:
‘ “It’s all about mind over matter. I don’t mind and you don’t matter.” This is but one of the handful of jolly comments that I shall forever associate with Roger Mercer. I remember the moment only too well; we were descending the slopes of Bailiehill fort in the gloom after a long day surveying the ramparts in freezing temperatures and I was “complaining” about how cold I felt.
‘Bailiehill was a companion to Castle O’er fort where a few months earlier Roger had completed a season of excavation both here and at Over Rig, an unusual earthwork enclosure on the bank of the River White Esk below. The year was 1985. It was my first paid employment working as a site assistant having just graduated from the University of Edinburgh, and during our nine weeks of excavation we had 36 inches of rain! “Character forming”, Roger explained to me at the time, another of his favourite sayings, as (with a huge sigh of relief) I swapped my trowel for a theodolite and a 4m staff.
‘As Roger’s research assistant, I was handed the reins of survey project manager, overseeing the archaeological survey of the Bowmont Valley in the Cheviot Hills followed by the parish survey of Kirkpatrick Fleming in Dumfriesshire. Such experiences held me in good stead for I then joined the survey teams at RCAHMS, a year before Roger’s own appointment as Secretary in 1990; and while he retired in 2004, I have remained in post ever since.
‘Roger was a true all-round archaeologist, understanding the skills of a surveyor, an excavator, an administrator, a communicator and a teacher. Roger was my lecturer, my employer, and latterly a good friend and ally. Over the course of lunch one day two years ago he did more than simply listen to my concerns about the transfer of survey skills, knowledge exchange and succession planning – he actually did something about it. And, all being well, over the coming months and years, those of us left behind will take forward these concerns and deliver a vocational qualification.
‘As I began my career at Over Rig, so Roger’s came to a close, bringing the results of these excavations to publication in March 2018 as Native and Roman on the Northern Frontier. He also presented the October lecture to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland on this same theme, telling us proudly that the little boy seen in one of his PowerPoint images was his now grown-up son, Andrew, who had been married the Saturday before.
‘I, like so many others, owe a great deal to Roger. I can still see and hear him laughing as he delivers the punchline, in a dreadful Scottish accent, to his wonderful anecdote of two sisters from Aberdeen who shared a set of false teeth. “Och aye. So you had macaroons for dessert,” says one sister as she hands over the teeth to the other. Yes, so many stories and I shall remember Roger with great affection.’
Obituaries have been published in the Scotsman (24 December, by David Breeze FSA and Ian Ralston FSA), the Daily Telegraph (26 December) and the Herald (9 January, by Alasdair Steven).
He was an ‘energetic and enthusiastic archaeologist who made Edinburgh his home’ (Scotsman). ‘A very competent field archaeologist, Mercer was also conscious that an army marches on its stomach: catering (sometimes prepared by his wife, Susan, whose honeymoon was at Carn Brae) for the volunteers on his projects was always exemplary, although living conditions could be rudimentary.’
‘As a child’, says the Telegraph, ‘he often visited his grandfather, who collected flints for a hobby and, aged eight, became fascinated by “an extraordinarily beautiful barbed and tanged arrowhead”. Thereafter he became determined upon two things: to be a test pilot and to be an archaeologist: “I was told that the former was impossible due to defective eyesight, and the latter was wildly inadvisable.” ’
His appointment as ‘a reforming secretary of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland … proved inspired,’ says the Herald, ‘with Mercer bringing a fresh sense of drive and energy to the organisation. He opened it up and made it more available to, and its work more understood by, the public. He installed a comprehensive IT system which increased the quality of its research and allowed the information from the many valuable archaeological digs to be documented in greater detail.’

Gannon adds that she and Mercer travelled south together from Edinburgh to attend a Neolithic Studies Group spring meeting in 2014, when they managed to see the new visitor centre at Stonehenge (photo at top). Her photo above shows Mercer (left) with Tim Darvill FSA, while visiting Helman Tor and Carn Brea in Cornwall.

The Wisdom of Fellows 

‘We are preparing a high-quality facsimile of Theo Moody’s great 1939 book, The Londonderry Plantation 1609–41,’ writes James Stevens Curl FSA, ‘copies of which are very rare and cost the earth if you can ever find them. The new edition will have a Foreword by me, and will be in hardback form with wrapper, decently done. As this is not exactly a bodice-ripper, we are inviting subscriptions. Moody burrowed away among Livery Company archives before 1939, and some of the material he used perished in the Blitz, so it is a valuable historical record of a remarkable and little-known venture, despite the fact that the City’s quarrels with the Crown led directly to the downfall of Charles I, something Anglocentric commentators have failed to grasp.'
The subscription offer is available until 31 March, details online.

Nominations for Council 


‘Nominations are sought for three new ordinary Members of Council to be elected at the Anniversary Meeting in April. The office of Director is also open for election as Prof Christopher Scull FSA comes to the end of his three-year term. Prof Scull has agreed to serve for a second term if nominated and elected.
It is Council’s duty, as Trustees, to seek to ensure that the trustee body has the range of skills and capabilities to govern the Society. We have identified the skills that we need on Council as business and change management; exhibition and interpretation, management of the Society’s historic collections; and fund raising and would encourage all Fellows to help us identify individuals who can contribute in these areas.
To nominate a candidate for election to Council or for Director, please complete the nomination form  and return it to the Society's Governance Officer, Dr Rebecca Tomlin ( by 1st March 2019.’


Life Fellows  

Congratulations to the following Fellows who have become Life Fellows this year:

Mr Geoffrey D Lewis FSA
Professor Emeritus John Wilkes FSA
Professor Anthony R Birley FSA
Mr Gordon S Maxwell FSA
Dr Peter R Roberts FSA
Mr John M Lewis FSA
Dr Richard M Reece FSA
Mr Peter A Clayton FSA


Gifts to the Library 

October – December 2018

The Society is very grateful to the donors of the following books, given to the Library by Fellows in the period from July to September 2018. These books are, or will shortly be, available in the Library, with full records on the online catalogue
From the editor / co-author Lisa Brown FSA:
  • Living and dying iin Southwark 1587-1831 / Louise Loe et al (Thameslink Monograph series no. 3, 2017)
  • From Blackfriars to Bankside / Elizabeth Stafford and Steven Teague (Thameslink Monograph series no. 4, 2016)
From the author, Roger L. Brown FSA, A social history of the Welsh clergy circa 1662 1939 Part Two, volumes 1, 2, and 3 (2018)
From John Cruse FSA, Romans and natives in central Britain / edited by R D Martlew (2018)
From Michael Fulford FSA (via Jenni Eaton):
  • The Silchester Environs Project: The Roman Tilery and pottery industry at Little London, Pamber 2017 / Michael Fulford et al
  • The Silchester Environs Project: Excavation and Survey 2017 / Michael Fulford et al
  • Silchester Unsula XXX / Michael Fulford et al
From Delia Gaze FSA, Italian Renaissance drawings / Lynda Fairburn. 2 volumes (1998)
From Karen Hearn FSA, Ladies of quality and distinction / Foundling Museum
From Nigel Israel FSA, on behalf of the Silver Society, in memory of the late author Philip Thorpe Priestley BSc FSA MBHI, a much-missed member, British watchcase gold and silver marks 1670 to 1970 (2018)
From the author, Graham Jones FSA, Saints in the landscape (2007)
From the co-editor, Graham Jones FSA, Forests and chases of England and Wales c. 1500-c.1850 : toward a survey and analysis / edited by John Langton and Graham Jones (2008)
From Philippe Malgouyres FSA, Au fil des perles, la priére comptée: chapelets et couronnes de priéres dans l'Occident chrétien (2017)
From the author, Keith Manley FSA, Irish reading societies and circulating libraries founded before 1825 : useful knowledge and agreeable entertainment (2018)
From Adrian Olivier FSA:
  • TANA TransaArea Network Africa: archaeological research of the DAI in Africa (2018) 
  • Die Ruckkehr der Legion : Romisches Erbe in Oberosterreich (2018)
  • Das Haus der Medusa / Romische Wandmalerei in Enns (2017)
  • Denkmalpflegerischer Umgang mit romischen Bodendenkmalern im deutschsprachigen Raum zwischen 1750 und 1950 (2018)
From Clive Orton FSA, Carshalton House: a landscaped country seat / by Jean Irvine Knight (2018)
From Heather Sebire FSA, Roman Guernsey : excavations, fieldwork and maritime archaeology 1980-2015. Guernsey Museum monograph, no. 9 / by Heather Sabire, et al (2018)
From the editor, Beverley Ballin Smith FSA, Life of the edge : the Neolithic and Bronze Age of Iain Crawford's Udal, North Uist (2018)
From Niamh Whitfield FSA, Ireland: its scenery, character, &c / by Mr & Mrs S C Hall (1841)
From the author, Caroline Wickham-Jones FSA, Landscape beneath the waves: the archaeological investigation of underwater landscapes (2018) 

Digitisation Project


As part of its strong commitment to supporting research, the Society is continuing with its drive to digitise its extensive backlist of research reports and other monographs, and making these available as Open Access via OAPEN and ADS. Included among these are reports on iconic excavations and special conferences held at the Society.
You can now access six of the Society’s monographs via OAPEN and ADS. You can also access, via OAPEN, 11 new titles, including the very first five monographs published by the Society over 100 years ago. More titles are in preparation, but the Society needs your help to complete this important project.
Do you have any duplicate copies of the Society’s Research Reports or Occasional Publications? Are you planning to move in the near future and wish to downsize your library? Are you having trouble finding the space to store all your old Research Reports? Please consider donating your books to the Society’s digitisation project and help to make key research more available as Open Access.
Titles of particular interest for the next stage of digitisation include the following volumes from the Society’s Research Reports series:VI: First report on the excavation of the Roman Fort at Richborough, Kent – J P Bushe-Fox (1926)
  • VII: Second report on the excavation of the Roman Fort at Richborough, Kent – J P Bushe-Fox (1928)
  • XIII: The tombs and Moon temple of Hureidha (Hadhramaut) – Gertrude Caton Thompson (1944)
  • XIV: Camulodunum: first report on the excavation at Colchester, 1930–1939 – C F C Hawkes & M R Hull (1947)
  • XXIII: Fifth report on the excavations of the Roman fort at Richborough, Kent – B W Cunliffe 
The Society needs copies in good condition, i.e. with pages clean and intact, though some yellowing would be acceptable. The books are stripped of their covers and their pages individually fed into a scanning machine to produce searchable PDFs so they would not be returnable.
If you have some books that might be of interest and would be happy to support the Society and this project by donating them, in the first instance please contact the Publications Manager Lavinia Porter (, with details of what books you have. The Society will be happy to reimburse postage and packing.



Library Electronic Services 

The Society’s Library has a free 6-week trial of Oxford Art Online, the gateway to Oxford University Press art reference works, including the Grove Dictionary of Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Fellows can access Oxford Art Online by registering for Open Athens, our electronic services platform, and start using this and other of our resources. Read here about Electronic Services for Fellows and how to register.




Spring 2019

We have 5 ballots currently open, with the first ballot on 7th February. There are 55 candidates up for election through to 21st March.You can vote online in our upcoming ballots or in person at the Society on the ballot dates.

For more information on those nominated please visit our balloting area on the website

Forthcoming Events for Fellows

You can catch up on meetings you've missed by visiting our YouTube Channel.

Ordinary Meetings of Fellows

Interested in proposing a lecture? Please download the Lecture Proposal Form, and email it to Danielle Wilson Higgins, Communications Manager (

Introductory Tours for Fellows

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

Forthcoming Public Events

Conferences and Seminars

Public Lectures

Public Lectures are held from 13.00 to 14.00 on Tuesdays, with advance booking advised to be sure of a place.

Regional Fellows Groups


South West Fellows

Further information on talks at Exeter can be found here.
Want to join the South West Regional Fellows Group? Events are not currently being organised, but you can sign-up to hear about future activities, here.

Welsh Fellows

  • 11-13 October 2019: Weekend visit to the Pembrokeshire area. Programme to be arranged.
Want to join the Welsh Regional Fellows Group? If you would like to attend any current events, please email Bob Child at If you wish to be added to the mailing list, sign-up here.

York Fellows

Want to join the York Regional Fellows Group? If you would like to receive email updates about forthcoming meetings in York, sign-up here.

Other Heritage Events

30 January: The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth: History and Restoration (London)
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester created a remarkable garden at Kenilworth Castle in the 1570s. Perhaps the best recorded Elizabethan privy garden, it was at the heart of Elizabeth I’s long visit to the castle in 1575, and the subject of an ambitious restoration by English Heritage in 2009. The talk will discuss the garden and its significance, the research and investigation process that informed the project and the challenges and issues which were tackled in realising the re-created garden. The talk by Anna Keay, formerly Curatorial Director at English Heritage, now Director of the Landmark Trust, is part of the Gardens Trust’s Winter Lecture Season 2018–19. Tickets can be bought for each lecture, or a discounted season ticket is available. Details online, and contact Sally Jeffery FSA, or 0208 994 6969.

1– 3 February: Chapels Royal in England: Architecture, Music and Worship from the Middle Ages to the Restoration (Oxford)
This weekend at Rewley House will explore the English Chapel Royal from the Middle Ages to the end of the Stuart period. Starting with an introduction to the Medieval chapel royal, the programme consists of three pairs of talks by architectural historians and musicologists, each considering a different period, and will conclude with an examination of the importance of preaching in the 16th and 17th centuries. Speakers include Maurice Howard FSA and Rory O’Donnell FSA. Details online.
13 February: Handmade in Hammersmith: Embroidery workshop with Sally Roberson (Hammersmith)
An embroidery workshop in the Coach House at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith (formerly the home of William Morris FSA). Learn to embroider in the art needlework style pioneered by Morris and his family. Expert tutor Sally Roberson will show you examples of embroidery from the William Morris Society’s collections and introduce you to a variety of needlework stitches, and you will choose and begin to work a design inspired by an original May Morris embroidery. At the end of the session there will be guidance on mounting and framing your work. Details online.
18 February: Plaster Casts, Restoration, and the Interpretation of Classical Sculpture (London)
A talk by Emma Payne, King's College London, in a monthly series given by curators, academics, and PhD researchers in the Virginia Woolf Building, King's College. A new PhD-led research group, Exploring the Institutionalisation of Archaeology, is examining the historical and contemporary intersections between archaeology, museums, and collections, hoping to bring to light hidden histories which shaped the discipline of archaeology. Details online.
20 February: Oxford Botanic Garden: Past, Present and Future (London)
Oxford Botanic Garden, founded in 1621, is the oldest botanic garden in the UK. This talk will reflect upon the Garden’s history, its current status and challenges, and ambitious plans for the future as the Garden approaches its 400th anniversary. The talk by Simon Hiscock, Director of the Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum, is part of the Gardens Trust’s Winter Lecture Season 2018–19. Tickets can be bought for each lecture, or a discounted season ticket is available. Details online, and contact Sally Jeffery FSA, or 0208 994 6969.

25 February: ‘Rich treasures of ivory carvings’: Francis Douce’s Network, Medieval Ivories and the Doucean Museum (London)
Naomi Speakman, Curator of Late Medieval Europe, The British Museum, speaks in a series of free Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.
26 February: Oxford (London)
The Georgian Group is holding a series of lectures exploring aspects of the Georgian architecture of a number of towns and cities in the context of their social and economic history. This lecture by Geoffrey Tyack FSA will focus on Oxford. Details online.

27 February: Archaeological Survey using Airborne Lidar (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course informs historic environment professionals of the potential and practical use of lidar data and lidar-derived imagery for research and heritage management. The course is designed for a professional audience, particularly those who are currently involved in research, fieldwork and the planning process and who are aware of lidar, but have little or no practical experience with its use. Course Director: Simon Crutchley, Remote Sensing Development Mgr, Historic Places Investigation South and West, Historic England. Tutor: Peter Crow, Project Manager, Historic Environment, Forest Research. Details online.

27–28 February: Braving the Dragons: Art and the Archaeological Imagination (Aberystwyth)
This conference will explore the uncharted territory where art and archaeology meet. Leading practitioners will meet at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre to explore ways in which artists are inspired by archaeological methods and discoveries, and ways in which archaeology is, in many respects, an artistic endeavour. Carmen Mills, artist in residence with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, believes this is the first time that archaeologists and artists have met to engage in what she hopes will be a fruitful exchange of ideas that will help to define new fields of academic study and artistic practice. Speakers include Colin Renfrew FSA, Jennifer Wallace, Michael Shanks, Kate Whiteford, Julia Sorrell and John Harvey. Details online.
March (date TBC): Museums and Decolonisation (London)
A talk by Alice Procter, Independent Tour Guide, in a monthly series given by curators, academics, and PhD researchers in the Virginia Woolf Building, King's College. A new PhD-led research group, Exploring the Institutionalisation of Archaeology, is examining the historical and contemporary intersections between archaeology, museums, and collections, hoping to bring to light hidden histories which shaped the discipline of archaeology. Details online.
6 March: Law and the Historic Environment (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course provides an introduction for all who need to gain a broad understanding of the main legislative, regulatory and policy regimes for the historic environment, the ways in which those regimes are being applied at present, and the implications in practice for those working in the area. The course will cover the law of England and Wales only, but not Health and Safety law. Course Directors: Nigel Hewitson, Consultant at Gowling WLG, and Roger M Thomas, barrister and archaeologist. Nigel Hewitson was Legal Director of English Heritage from 2001-2006. Details online.

6 March: Nicholas Hawksmoor’s Designs for the Gardens of Castle Howard (London)
Among documents formerly at Wilton House are four sketches for streams and rockwork attributed to Nicholas Hawksmoor, recently identified as projects for the garden in Wray Wood, Castle Howard. This naturalistic woodland garden was much admired by early visitors for its innovative features, including a cave, an artificial stream with cascades and rockwork, and much classical sculpture inspired by Ovid. Little now survives, but using these drawings and other records, a picture of the garden can be constructed, and Hawksmoor’s role in the design can be better appreciated. The talk by Sally Jeffery FSA, Architectural and Garden Historian, is part of the Gardens Trust’s Winter Lecture Season 2018–19. Tickets can be bought for each lecture, or a discounted season ticket is available. Details online, and contact Sally Jeffery, or 0208 994 6969.

12 March: Nottingham (London)
The Georgian Group is holding a series of lectures exploring aspects of the Georgian architecture of a number of towns and cities in the context of their social and economic history. This lecture by Pete Smith FSA will focus on Nottingham. Details online.

18 March: Celebrating Lady Wallace: Women Philanthropists of the Gilded Age (London)
A study day in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Julie Amélie Charlotte Castelnau was born into humble circumstances in Paris in 1819, and bequeathed the Wallace Collection to the British nation in 1897. Her bicentenary is the perfect opportunity to discover more about what motivated her bequest and those of other philanthropic women of the period who gifted art to the public. Join Charissa Bremer-David (Curator, Sculpture & Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum), Kate Hill (Principal Lecturer, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln), and our curators Suzanne Higgott FSA, Yuriko Jackall and Lelia Packer, to explore this fascinating theme. Our Research Librarian Helen Jones will discuss the pioneering women who visited the collection and signed the visitors’ book when Lady Wallace lived here at Hertford House. Details online.
18–20 March: Short Course in Radiocarbon Dating and Bayesian Chronological Analysis (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course is aimed at researchers using radiocarbon and other techniques, including Quaternary geologists, palaeobiologists, archaeologists and marine geoscientists. The first two days will cover key aspects of radiocarbon dating including sample selection, laboratory processes and Bayesian analyses of radiocarbon dates. The third day of the course will expand on this to look at the construction of Bayesian chronologies more generally, including those that rely primarily on other dating techniques. In this third day there will be a focus on using chronologies for environmental records. Course Director: Professor Christopher Ramsey, Author of OxCal, with members of the NERC Radiocarbon Facility based at both Oxford and East Kilbride. Details online.

19 March: Bury St Edmunds (London)
The Georgian Group is holding a series of lectures exploring aspects of the Georgian architecture of a number of towns and cities in the context of their social and economic history. This lecture by Caroline Knight FSA will focus on Bury St Edmunds. Details online.

23 March: William Somner, 1606-1669 (Canterbury)
A one-day colloquium at Christ Church University, including papers by Jackie Eales and Kenneth Fincham, will celebrate the life and work of this remarkable Canterbury scholar, and will be preceded by a display of his books and manuscripts in Canterbury Cathedral Archives. Details online. A two-part full life of Somner by David Wright FSA will be appearing in Archaeologia Cantiana in 2019 and 2020. For information and other enquiries please contact Wright at or visit

25 March: The Case of Leo Nardus (1868-1955): Reconstructing the Remarkable Career of a Major yet Forgotten Dealer in Old Masters (London)
Esmée Quodbach, Assistant Director and Editor-in-Chief, Center for the History of Collecting, the Frick Collection, speaks in a series of free Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.
27 March: John Brookes: His Landscape Legacy (London)
John Brookes is most often associated with the ‘room outside’, the subject of his seminal book of 1969 inspired by his early work in small London gardens. This talk will demonstrate how over the subsequent 50 years he remained at the forefront of design by creating distinctive gardens and landscapes increasingly based on ecological principles and designing in harmony with nature and the local vernacular – without losing sight of his belief that a garden is a place for use by people. The talk by Barbara Simms, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, is part of the Gardens Trust’s Winter Lecture Season 2018–19. Details online, and contact Sally Jeffery FSA, or 0208 994 6969.
April (date TBC): Scripting Spadework: Publishing Archaeology in the Late 19th and early 20th Centuries (London)
A talk by Amara Thornton FSA, Honorary Research Associate, UCL, the last in a monthly series given by curators, academics, and PhD researchers in the Virginia Woolf Building, King's College. A new PhD-led research group, Exploring the Institutionalisation of Archaeology, is examining the historical and contemporary intersections between archaeology, museums, and collections, hoping to bring to light hidden histories which shaped the discipline of archaeology. Details online.

1-2 April: Antiquarian 'Science' in the Scholarly Society (Society of Antiquaries)
This is workshop II of the AHRC International Networking Grant: Collective Wisdom: Collecting in the Early Modern Academy. What was the relationship between archaeological fieldwork or antiquarianism and learned travel or the Grand Tour? What does collecting on tour say about the manner and scale of personal and institutional contacts between London and the 'scientific' world of the Continent? What tools of natural philosophy were utilised to understand buildings and artefacts? What were the implications of the collecting of ethnographic objects for political dominance and Empire?  This workshop is dedicated to discussing these questions. A link to registration and a draft programme may be found here:

2 April: Exeter (London)
The Georgian Group is holding a series of lectures exploring aspects of the Georgian architecture of a number of towns and cities in the context of their social and economic history. This lecture by Rosemary Yallop will focus on Exeter. Details online.

3 April: Starting in Post-Excavation (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course will introduce participants to what post-excavation is and why we do it, and to the process that takes us from the site record to a completed report. The focus of the course will be on report types that are common in professional practice and generated by development-led fieldwork (including evaluations, watching briefs and small scale excavations with limited results). It will be ideal for archaeologists in, or moving into, supervisory roles that involve the preparation of reports. Course Directors: Alistair Douglas, Assistant Project Manager, Pre-Construct Archaeology, and Jon Hart, Senior Publications Officer, Cotswold Archaeology. Details online.

6 April: Exploring the Archaeology of Yorkshire Landscapes (Hull)
A Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society conference at the University of Hull, inspired by Tony Pacitto (1931–2003), archaeologist, air photographer, excavator, geophysicist and metal detectorist. The conference will be opened by Ian Stead FSA, and papers from Matthew Oakey, James Lyall, Peter Halkon FSA, Paula Ware, Marcus Jecock FSA and Tony Hunt will focus on landscapes within the East Riding of Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire, reviewing techniques for revealing archaeological sites from prehistory through to the medieval period, new insights into Iron Age chariot burials and the later prehistoric settlement of the Yorkshire Wolds. Details online.

9 April: Bristol (London)
The Georgian Group is holding a series of lectures exploring aspects of the Georgian architecture of a number of towns and cities in the context of their social and economic history. This lecture by Andrew Foyle will focus on Bristol. Details online.

10 April: Studying Orchards in Eastern England (London)
Orchards have formed an important part of our culture for centuries, but investigations of their history are hampered by persistent myths concerning the age of particular examples, and about the antiquity of the fruit varieties they contain. These issues are being addressed by a research project based at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. This talk will discuss the history of different kinds of orchard – farmhouse, institutional, commercial, and as elements in designed landscapes. It will also explore a range of related issues, including the age and origins of ‘traditional’ fruit varieties. The talk by Tom Williamson, University of East Anglia, is part of the Gardens Trust’s Winter Lecture Season 2018–19. Details online, and contact Sally Jeffery FSA, or 0208 994 6969.

14–26 April: UK Archaeological Sciences Conference 2019 (Manchester)
The UKAS 2019 conference will take place in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB). Themes include site interpretation, cultural heritage resource management, trace element analysis and material sourcing, origins and spread of agriculture, health and disease, isotopes and subsistence strategies, imaging techniques, portable techniques and environmental archaeology and geoscience. Details online.

16 April: Derby (London)
The Georgian Group is holding a series of lectures exploring aspects of the Georgian architecture of a number of towns and cities in the context of their social and economic history. This lecture by Max Craven FSA will focus on Derby. Details online.

16 April: Project Management in Archaeology: an Introduction (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course is designed for those who are new to the role of project management and will draw on the extensive experience of the tutors in development-led archaeology. While some familiarity with development-led archaeology will be beneficial, the course will be relevant to those taking on project management roles generally within the historic environment sector. Health and Safety management not covered. Course Director: Nick Shepherd, independent heritage consultant and CEO of FAME. Speakers: Ben Ford, Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology; Anne Dodd, Strategy Delivery Officer and former Head of Post-Excavation, Oxford Archaeology. Details online.

29 April: The Formation of Renaissance Taste in Early Victorian Britain: The Second Duke and Duchess of Sutherland as Collectors of Florentine Copies (London)
Giuseppe Rizzo, PhD candidate at the Rupert-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, speaks in a series of free Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.
2 May: Stratigraphic Analysis in Archaeology (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. The course is designed for those who are familiar with the processes of excavation and stratigraphic recording, and are looking to develop their skills in the post-excavation stages of analysis, dating, interpretation and description. The course will comprise a combination of presentations to explain theory and approaches, and practical sessions providing opportunities for participants to work with real data. Course Director: Victoria Ridgeway, editor and manager of Pre-Construct Archaeology’s monograph series. Tutor: Rebecca Haslam, Senior Archaeologist, Pre-Construct Archaeology. Details online.

8–9 May: The Setting of Heritage Assets and Places (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. In the context of official guidance and wide-ranging experience of practical casework, this course explains why the setting of historic places matters, and the principles and practical skills of sound assessment and decision-making. Course Director: George Lambrick, with Stephen Carter (Headland Archaeology), Ian Houlston (LDA Design), Richard Morrice (Historic England), Julian Munby (Oxford Archaeology), Michael Pirie (Green College), Ken Smith (formerly Peak District National Park), Karin Taylor (National Trust) and David Woolley QC (formerly Landmark Chambers). Details online.

9-10 May: Collections in Circulation: Mobile Museum Conference (London)
This conference will bring together scholars from the UK and overseas with a shared interest in the mobility of museum collections, past and present. Their papers will address various aspects of the history of the circulation of objects and their re-mobilisation in the context of object exchange, educational projects and community engagement. This conference is organised by the Mobile Museum project, an AHRC-funded collaboration between Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Details online.

20 May: Gotha’s Chinese Cabinet: Duke August’s Collection of East Asian Objects (London)
Emily Teo, PhD candidate at University of Kent and Free University of Berlin, speaks in a series of free Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.

24 June: Delivering Public Benefit through Archaeology (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course looks at how we can plan projects to deliver public benefit consistently, how to communicate that benefit effectively, and how to evaluate the impact of our work. It is designed for all those responsible for commissioning, specifying and/or delivering programmes of work in our sector that aim to deliver public benefit. Course Director: Kate Geary, Head of Professional Development and Practice, CifA. Tutors: Taryn Nixon, independent archaeologist and heritage adviser, formerly Chief Executive of MOLA (1997-2017); Rob Lennox, CIfA, whose PhD research looked at heritage and politics in the public value era. Details online.

1 July: A Woman of Taste: Mrs R A Workman’s Collection of Modern French Painting (London)
Frances Fowle, Professor of Nineteenth-Century Art, University of Edinburgh and Senior Curator of French Art, National Gallery of Scotland, speaks in a series of free Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.
3–4 July: Understanding and Conserving Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. An increasing number of historic gardens and landscapes are opening their doors to the paying public. Owners and managers, reliant on tourist income, are seeking to widen their visitor base. Such development can sometimes be at odds with the conservation needs of historic sites, and this course will provide the tools for balancing the needs of developing tourist attractions with conservation and care. For trustees, volunteers and staff responsible for managing or working in a historic garden or designed landscape. Course Director: John Watkins, Head of Gardens and Landscape at the English Heritage Trust. Speakers to include: Brian Dix, Linden Groves, Emily Parker, Robin Copeland, David Lambert. Details online.

29 July: ‘The Great Joss and his Playthings’: George IV as a Print Collector (London)
Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust, speaks in a series of Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.
18 September: Post-Excavation Assessment in Practice (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course will introduce recent guidance to PX, and review the essential components of assessment and updated project design. In the afternoon we will review examples from current practice and consider how far they meet their purpose and justify funding decisions. The course is designed for those in supervisory, junior management or specialist roles who will be compiling and contributing to PX assessments, and those in consultancy and curatorial roles who commission and evaluate them. Course Director: Leo Webley, Head of Post-Excavation, Oxford Archaeology South. Tutors: Edward Biddulph, Senior Project Manager and Roman pottery specialist, Oxford Archaeology South; Sarah Wyles, Senior Environmental Officer, Cotswold Archaeology. Details online.

25–27 September: Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. Significance assessment is a key part of management and of development within the historic environment. This course will introduce the process, show you what is involved in preparing assessments of significance, teach you how to read and judge such assessments, and explore the ways in which they can be used. Open to all, but of particular interest to heritage asset managers and advisers, planners, historic environment professionals and architects, surveyors and others who do not specialise in heritage but may need to understand assessments and their value in guiding change. Course Director: Stephen Bond, Director of Heritage Places and joint author of Managing Built Heritage. Course Co-Director: Henry Russell, Course Director of the programme in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Reading University. Details online.

30 September: ‘The Aura of Popularity’: The Rise and Fall of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in the Nineteenth-Century British Art Market (London)
Isabelle Kent, Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant, The Wallace Collection, speaks in a series of Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.

10 October: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessments (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course informs participants about the role of desk-based assessments in managing the cultural heritage resource and provides a practical guide to their production. It will also include guidance on the use of desk-based assessments to fulfil the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The course will be of interest to all those who are currently (or hope to be) involved in the commissioning or production of desk-based assessments. It is targeted towards new entrants to the profession and those who would like to develop skills in this area. Course Directors: Jill Hind (formerly Senior Project Mgr Oxford Archaeology) and Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, County Archaeologist for Wiltshire. Details online.

28 October: Architectural Salvage from Cairo to London: The Pivotal Role of the Paris Exhibitions of 1867 and 1878 (London)
Moya Carey, Curator of Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, and Mercedes Volait, Research Professor at CNRS, based at InVisu, INHA, Paris, speak in a series of Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.

31 October: Archaeological Writing for Publication (Oxford)
A short practical course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course will introduce the standard types of published reports currently produced by archaeologists, and how the scope and content of a report is planned. The course will then focus on two key components, the stratigraphic narrative and the discussion, and the most effective and successful ways of approaching the planning, writing and illustration of these. This will include a critical review of a number of examples, to identify common mistakes and how to avoid them. We will also look at the special requirements that apply to writing in a professional and academic context. The course will involve some preparatory reading before the training day. Course Director: Elizabeth Popescu, Post-Excavation and Publications Manager, Oxford Archaeology East. Details online.

25 November: A ‘Fauve de la Curiosité’: The Hybrid Career of Edouard Jonas (1883-1961), Dealer and Curator (London)
Barbara Lasic, Lecturer in History of Art and Coordinator of Postgraduate Programmes, University of Buckingham, speaks in a series of free Seminars on the History of Collecting, in the Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre. Details online.

27–29 November: Public Inquiry Workshop (Oxford)
A short course at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, designed to provide training in key skills and concepts for archaeologists and built heritage professionals. This course is a practical workshop carefully designed to improve the performance of anyone who might be called upon to participate in a Public Inquiry concerned with the historic environment. It will present the terms of procedure, the roles of the participants and the general feel of a Public Inquiry. A mock Public Inquiry will be mounted using a genuine case study. Training for potential witnesses will be given in how to prepare evidence for a Public Inquiry, how to produce proofs of evidence, and to experience them being given and tested under realistic conditions. You will be allocated a role to play in the Inquiry and asked to prepare a proof of evidence to fit this role. Active participation limited to 14 participants. There will also be a limited number of places available for observers. Course Directors: Roger M Thomas, Barrister and Archaeologist; George Lambrick, Independent Archaeology and Heritage Consultant. Planning Inspector: Richard Tamplin. Advocates: David Woolley QC and Allan Ledden, Solicitor. Details online.


The National Trust is looking for four advisory group members for Collections and Interpretation. These are voluntary roles with paid expenses.
The new members will be change-makers within their organisations that have worked at a strategic level and/or taken the lead on dynamic organisational change, with experience of taking responsibility for associated communication and risk-management. Expertise and interests in one or more of the following areas would be beneficial:
• Public programming at a museum, cultural institution or historic property.
• Collections management, curatorship, research and public engagement to support our existing team around research priorities, funding bids and partners.
• Historic interiors and architecture.
Please send cover letter and CV to Isabel Gilbert, Advisory Groups Coordinator, at

The William Morris Society seeks a Magazine Editor, to be in place after publication of the Spring issue in February 2019.
The Magazine is published three times a year, and is the Society’s most comprehensive method of communicating with our membership. It includes features on Morris and his circles, and covers news and updates on the Society’s activities and Morris-related events.
We are looking for someone with editorial experience and a desire to communicate all aspects of Morris’s life and works, who can commission articles and manage members’ submissions. The post is unpaid, but travel and subsistence costs are reimbursed. Our hope is that the role will be filled by someone who can continue to inspire the wide appreciation of Morris’s multifaceted career, and foster fellowship between Society members. For more details contact the current Editor, Susan Warlow, Applications to

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Fellows are also encouraged to propose topics or themes for conferences or seminars that bring scholars and professionals from a variety of disciplines together to explain, discuss and debate our material culture. Please download and complete the Conference Proposal Form, and email it to Danielle Wilson Higgins (, if you are interested in helping us organise such an event.


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