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Salon: Issue 318
14 April 2014

Next issue: 28 April 2014


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

Easter closing


The Society’s library and apartments at Burlington House will be closed for Easter from 18 to 22 April inclusive.
 

Forthcoming meetings


30 April 2014: Anniversary Meeting
Fellows are invited to attend the Society’s Anniversary Meeting and guests are welcome to join for the President’s Address and the reception; admission to the reception is by ticket only (£10, including VAT), which should be booked by email or telephone (0207 479 7080) by 23 April 2014.

The part of the meeting reserved for Fellows begins at 3.30pm with the ballot for the election of Council members, Officers and President to serve during 2014—15. At 3.45pm, the Treasurer and General Secretary will report on the Society’s activities during the past year. The public meeting begins at 5pm when the retiring President will announce the names of those elected in the ballot and deliver his Presidential Address. The reception will begin at 6pm, and will include a display of items from the Society’s collections in the Library.

2 May 2014: ‘Church Treasures: perils and possibilities’
Co-sponsored by the Society of Antiquaries and the Churches Conservation Trust, this half-day conference (9.30am to 12.35pm) will examine the status of church fixtures and fittings that are greatly threatened not only by theft and church re-ordering schemes, but also by the sale of the churches themselves (see ‘The sale of churches and monuments: the case of Horton church’ below) and their valuable works of arts and artefacts by cash-strapped parishes tempted by the dizzying prices that collectable objects are achieving on the open market. Arguably the treasures of our parish churches are communal assets with the ability to enhance our enjoyment and significantly increase our understanding of the past rather then assets to be monetised for temporary and short-term gain.

The speakers will include Fellow Loyd Grossman (Churches Conservation Trust), Fellow John Goodall (Country Life), Janet Gough (Church Buildings Council), the Revd Nigel Done, and Crispin Truman (Churches Conservation Trust). For further information on the speakers and their themes, see the Society’s website.

Admission is by ticket only (£10, including VAT). To reserve your place, please call 020 7479 7080 or send an email.

8 May 2014: ‘Shelters for Eternity: recording ancient Egyptian coffins in British and foreign collections’, by Aidan Dodson, FSA
Objects that languish unpublished in museum collections are in many ways as ‘lost’ as those still concealed under the ground. Amongst such pieces are many ancient Egyptian coffins which, although popular as museum exhibits, have often received little or no specialist attention since arriving from Egypt, whether as tourist souvenirs or the fruits of proper archaeological excavations. Dr Dodson is currently undertaking a long-term project to record such objects in UK provincial collections, as well as having been invited to publish those in the national collections in Edinburgh and Stockholm. This lecture will give a brief overview of the history of Egyptian coffins through the lens of collections studied to date, also highlighting some interesting (and some cautionary) tales regarding the collection and conservation of ancient Egyptian antiquities.

15 May 2014: ‘Hoarding in Iron Age and Roman Britain’, by Roger Bland, FSA, Adrian Chadwick and Eleanor Ghey
Some 340 hoards of Iron Age coins and 2,591 of Roman coins are known from Britain, probably a greater concentration than anywhere else in the Roman Empire. This is a fast-expanding dataset, as 600 of the Roman hoards have been found in the last twenty years. Hoards have long attracted the attention of scholars, but mostly they have been concerned with their contents and have paid less attention to their contexts. An AHRC-funded project, a collaboration between the British Museum and the University of Leicester, will try to redress the balance by studying hoards in their context to understand better why they were buried through a systematic GIS-based analysis of their findspots and survey of selected sites. The paper will look at some of the issues involved and some of the early results.

22 May 2014: ‘London in 1712 as recorded in the letters of Samuel Molyneux, FRS’, by Paul Holden, FSA
In October 1712, Samuel Molyneux travelled from his native Dublin to be elected Fellow of the Royal Society in London. During his stay in England he corresponded with his learned uncle, Thomas Molyneux, communicating well-measured accounts of some of the most noteworthy connoisseurs of the day as well as first-hand descriptions of ecclesiastical and secular buildings, historic royal palaces, parks and gardens and notable public and private libraries and collections. Before the next half-century was over, many of these collections and libraries had become the nuclei of the British Museum and British Library. For the modern reader these seven meticulously written letters offer an intimate, erudite and discursive analysis of early Enlightenment London and a fascinating insight into the cultural and scientific world of the time.

29 May 2014: A Miscellany of Papers and Summer Soirée

This year’s Miscellany will include a paper from Sasha Ward, Kelmscott Manor’s Artist in Residence (whose rooflight for the Russell Cotes Museum, in Bournemouth, is shown on the left);  Sasha will update Fellows on her work-in-progress.

This will be followed by a paper from Jan Marsh, curator of the small exhibition showing in Room 28 of the National Portrait Gallery called Janey Morris: Pre-Raphaelite Muse. Jane died 100 years ago, on 26 January 1914, and the centenary display includes rarely seen portraits of her family and close friends and of Jane herself, described in the Daily Mail’s review of the exhibition as ‘the secret supermodel: rival to Lizzie Siddal, mistress to Rossetti and wife to William Morris’. Some of the material from the exhibition will be redisplayed at Kelmscott Manor from July. As there will be no Fellows’ Day at Kelmscott Manor this year, it is hoped that the opportunity to hear about these two major activities will encourage Fellows to visit the Manor on their own. The Summer Soirée follows at 6pm. Fellows and Guests are welcome to both; admission to the soirée is by ticket only: booking details will be available shortly.


 

Let them eat (William Morris’s) cake ...




Here is another great incentive for visiting Kelmscott Manor this year: the chance to eat the sort of cakes that the Morris family enjoyed for tea in the 1880s. We all know that William Morris was a dab hand at embroidery and interior design; now his ‘new man’ credentials have been given extra shine by the discovery that he also liked to bake cakes. Gingerbread cake and rich fruitcake both feature in his recipe book, recently discovered at Kelmscott Manor, and now being made for sale in the Kelmscott Manor shop by Ursula Evans of ‘My Cottage’ in Shrewsbury.

For her Morris fruitcake recipe, Ursula follows the original recipe, soaking the vine fruits in brandy, then baking slowly in her Aga before adding a luxury glacé fruit topping. As for the ginger cake, made with golden syrup, Demerara sugar, stem ginger and ground almonds, William Morris noted that it will ‘keep for six months in a tin’, but samples served at a recent tasting disappeared in seconds. ‘Very moist, well risen with a deliciously warm ginger taste’, commented Rob Rees, the Cotswolds Chef, who has been advising Kelmscott Manor on what to do with the newly discovered Morris family recipes.

The cakes will go on sale at Kelmscott Manor from the Easter weekend (19 April), with the proceeds going to support conservation work at the Manor. Sarah Parker, Kelmscott’s Property Manager, says: ‘Morris was all about authenticity and honest craftsmanship; we believe these delicious cakes are part of that legacy’.
 
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From the desk of the General Secretary


Fellows will recall that the Society previously submitted a response to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport for consultation on its ‘New Model English Heritage’. The ‘New Model’ proposed to split English Heritage into two bodies with far-reaching consequences for the care and protection of England’s heritage. The Society’s response was produced by members of Council and drew on the experience of the Trustees to produce a document that is widely regarded as one of the most apposite, forthright and detailed considerations of the issues. You can download and read our response from our website.

On 2 April a debate regarding the future of English Heritage took place in Westminster Hall. You can read the transcript of the full debate on the future of English Heritage here. During the debate, the Society’s response to the New Model was referenced by both Jenny Chapman MP and Helen Goodman MP.

Jenny Chapman said: ‘The Society of Antiquaries has tried to remind us that it is dangerous to present the [National] collection as a portfolio of visitor attractions. It is a portfolio of national heritage, and less than half the sites are considered capable of generating income. There is some perhaps healthy scepticism over whether the collection has enough revenue-making properties, and will be able to generate enough of a surplus to subsidise the rest.’

Helen Goodman said: ‘The Society of Antiquaries of London seriously doubts “that the envisaged charity could become self-funding, while maintaining standards of curatorial care and property maintenance”.’

Additionally, Gordon Marsden MP (Shadow Transport Minister) quoted a ‘distinguished historian’ in the debate who is, in fact, a Fellow of the Society, to the effect that: ‘The new statutory body is set up by these means and funded for seven years, but what is happening thereafter … £80 million is also trumpeted as a means of immediately repairing and maintaining the “collection” of buildings, but it won’t go far and again will come to an end, leaving … a lot of particularly fragile, ruinous structures at the mercy of fragile local trusts to run them and pay for expensive repairs. Stonehenge may pay its way — many others cannot. Then, of course, there is the issue as to whether Historic England will feel pressured into giving expert advice to developers as a means of raising income.’

This drew a heated response from Ed Vaizey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. However, the ‘distinguished historian’ has in fact articulated the fears of many Fellows and others in the heritage sector. Our response cited at the beginning of this piece remains the clearest and most forthright exposition of the situation.

Fellow John Howell MP took the opportunity presented by the debate on the future of English Heritage to discuss relevant information from a recent inquiry he executed with Lord Redesdale, FSA, into the future of local government archaeological services. The provision of archaeological services to local authorities is central to the current system of archaeological protection and is an underlying presumption of the National Planning Policy Framework. It has become clear, however, that this provision is increasingly under threat from financial pressures, to the extent that some authorities can no longer provide an appropriate level of service. With further cuts expected, concern is growing that should nothing be done, these difficulties will become more widespread.

Readers will recall that Ed Vaizey asked John Howell and Lord Redesdale to undertake the inquiry as a result of The Archaeology Forum’s half-day debate ‘Political Policies and Archaeology’ held in the Society’s Burlington House apartments this past October (visit our website  or our YouTube Channel to watch the October debate). The purpose of the inquiry was to identify ‘sustainable ways of improving or maintaining the provision of archaeology services to local authorities, recognising that government funding is unlikely to be increased in the short or medium term’.

The Society also submitted a response to John Howell and Lord Redesdale’s consultation. In summary our response emphasised the fundamental importance of local authorities having access to archaeological services that provide consistent national coverage and high-quality advice. We suggested that two key initiatives are required to promote effective protection of the historic environment: the enhancement of Historic Environment Records (HERs) and the establishment of archaeological teams with appropriate skills. We proposed that this can best be achieved by the reorganisation of the provision of archaeological advice and HERs on a regional structure. We believe that our recommended delivery model for archaeological advice offers a structure that would broaden participation, enhance archaeological research and provide information that will more effectively inform planning decisions. Underpinning this structure is the principle that all archaeological work should ultimately be focused upon public benefit, promoting social cohesion and making a positive contribution to the lives of local communities.

The Society’s Council and broader Fellowship represent all major areas of the heritage sector, and benefits from the wealth of expertise we are able to drawn on in order to participate in and impact national discussions regarding heritage in this country, as evidenced by the two consultations mentioned above. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Society’s official responses.

It has been an eventful year for the Society, largely due to an increased level of engagement from the Fellowship and new strategic initiatives introduced and executed by Council and staff. We hope that you will all join us for the Anniversary Meeting on 30 April (and the following evening reception!). Stephen Johnson, Honorary Treasurer, will discuss the past year, John Lewis, General Secretary, will present the Society’s plans for the forthcoming year and Professor Maurice Howard will give his final Presidential Address.
 

The Society’s Public Lecture Series


Three more lectures in our Society’s Public Lecture series will take place in the next two months, starting tomorrow, 15 April 2014, when Fellow Nathalie Cohen, will speak about ‘Tales from the Thames: community archaeology on London’s river’ at the Society from 1pm to 2pm. On 27 May 2014, from 1pm to 2pm, Nancy Hills, a Janet Arnold Award recipient, will talk about ‘Historical Dress: a project inspired by Janet Arnold’ and on 17 June 2014, from 1pm to 2pm, Fellow David Jacques will give an account of his recent excavations at the Blick Mead spring (shown above), at Vespasian’s Camp, Amesbury, entitled ‘The Cradle of Stonehenge? Major Mesolithic Homebase Discovered Near Stonehenge’. For a preview of David’s work at this important site, see the University of Buckingham website.

Reservations for any of the above talks can be booked online.
 

Get involved with our public programming


The Society’s Communications Officer, Renée LaDue, writes: we had many Fellows express an interest in getting more involved with our public programming after last year’s Fellows Survey. This summer we have the perfect opportunity for Fellows and other volunteers to help us reach our public audiences.

In July 2014 we will be opening the doors of the Society’s Burlington House apartments and inviting people in to see our collection of historic paintings, which includes an outstanding group of rare fifteenth- and sixteenth-century portraits of medieval, Tudor and European monarchs and rulers. Many of our paintings have been loaned to national and international exhibitions in the past, but this will be the first time the public will be able to see the paintings together in their home surroundings.

We’d love to hear from Fellows or other scholars who might be interested in acting as room stewards and possibly delivering brief lectures about the building, collections or paintings on display. If you would like to discuss ways in which you can help during this exhibition (30 June—1 August), and with future events such as London Open House (20 September), please contact Heather Rowland, Head of Library and Collections (tel: 0207 479 7096).

Alternatively, if you know of someone who might be interested in volunteering regularly during the summer exhibition, please share the Volunteer Application form with them (deadline: 17 April). No previous experience is necessary, as training will be provided. We are looking for volunteers with an interest in history and art history as well as a friendly manner and a flexible attitude. This is a great opportunity for graduate or postgraduate students looking for a career in the museum and heritage sector to gain some experience.
 
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IfA conference opens with evidence for first modern humans in Scotland


The annual conference of the Institute for Archaeologists opened in Glasgow on 9 April with a keynote speech from Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs in the Scottish Government, in which she revealed the findings of a report to be published by Historic Scotland concerning an assemblage of more than 5,000 flint artefacts recovered in 2005—9 by Biggar Archaeology Group in fields at Howburn, near Biggar in South Lanarkshire. Their use has been dated to 14,000 years ago, making them 1,000 years older than the previous oldest evidence of human occupation in Scotland, from a now-destroyed cave site in Argyll.

‘The flint tools are strikingly close in design to similar finds in northern Germany and southern Denmark from the same period’, Fiona Hyslop said, ‘dating to the very earliest part of the late-glacial period, Howburn is likely to represent the first settlers in Scotland’. The hunters who left these flints probably came in pursuit of herds of wild horses and reindeer at a time when the climate was beginning to improve, following severe glacial conditions. Scotland was once again depopulated, probably for another 1,000 years, after glacial conditions returned; new groups with different types of flint tools then made their appearance. The similarity in the design of the tools from the two regions of Scotland and Scandinavia offers tantalising glimpses of connections across what would have been dry land, now drowned by the North Sea.

Our Fellow Alan Saville, President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Senior Curator, Earliest Prehistory at the National Museums of Scotland, and a specialist in the study of flaked flint and stone tools, said: ‘These tools represent a real connection with archaeological finds in north-west Germany, southern Denmark and north-west Holland, a connection not seen elsewhere in Britain at this time. This discovery is both intriguing and revolutionises our ideas about where humans came from in this very early period. In southern Britain, early links are with northern France and Belgium. Howburn is just one chance discovery and further such discoveries will no doubt emerge.’
 
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Doubts cast on Offa’s Dyke, Richard III and the Holy Grail


Offa’s Dyke may not have been built by the eighth-century ruler of Mercia after all, according to our Fellow Paul Belford, Director of the Clwyd—Powys Archaeological Trust, who announced last week the ‘tremendously exciting discovery’ that parts were constructed between AD 430 and 652 (Offa ruled from AD 757 to 796). The Clwyd—Powys Archaeological Trust carried out excavations on a stretch of the dyke along the Shropshire border near the town of Chirk. The dated material came from a layer of re-deposited turf underneath the bank, laid down as part of the construction process.

Before we rush to rename the dyke, Paul Belford made it clear that, even if parts of the dyke system were in place before Offa’s time, ‘it is likely that he would have consolidated the existing network into what we now call Offa’s Dyke’. Paul added: ‘It is now clear that it was not the work of a single ruler but a longer-term project that began at an earlier stage in the development of the kingdom. Further work is needed on other parts of this enigmatic monument before we can really say who built it and why.’

Another challenge to the orthodox view has come from Michael Hicks, Professor of History at Winchester University, who, writing in BBC History magazine, says he is not yet convinced that the remains identified by a team from the University of Leicester are those of Richard III, as opposed to any one of the many victims of the Wars of the Roses. Our Fellow Martin Biddle has joined Professor Hicks in suggesting that an ‘inquest-type hearing’ should be held to examine the evidence.

Professor Hicks points out that the crucial DNA evidence is not as decisive as has been suggested, because Richard III’s maternal grandmother, Jean Beaufort, had sixteen children and her mitochondrial (or maternal-line) DNA could have been passed down to a large number of descendants, many of whom would have perished on the battlefield in the fighting between the houses of York and Lancaster. ‘There is potentially a considerable pool of people who could meet the scientific criteria without being Richard III’, he said, adding: ‘We are going way beyond the available evidence if we say this is definitely Richard III. It could be — but it is not proven and we should not confuse possibilities or probabilities with certainties.’

Martin Biddle also cast doubt on the identification. He told the magazine that the excavation records need to be published so that they can be scrutinised by other archaeologists. ‘Before all this goes any further’, he said, ‘it would be wise to be certain the body really is his. Something akin to a coroner’s court should be set up to consider all the evidence.’

In response, Leicester University said that the identification was based on at least six separate lines of evidence, including a contemporary report of the location of Richard’s grave and the nature of the skeleton: ‘the strength of the identification is that different kinds of evidence all point to the same result. Professor Hicks is entitled to his views but we would challenge and counter them’.

Finally, Fellow Richard Barber had great fun last week with the news that the Holy Grail had been found (at last). The discovery was announced by Margarita Torres and Jose Manuel Ortega del Rio and is not an April Fool’s Day prank (do they have those in Spain?). In their new book, Los Reyes del Grial (‘Kings of the Grail’), claimed as a ‘scholarly’ work, they describe how Egyptian parchments unearthed in Cairo led them, after a three-year search, to a goblet of gold, onyx and precious stones, conveniently located in the Treasury of the San Isidoro basilica in the Spanish city of León, in whose university Margarita Torres happens to be employed as a medieval historian. The claim has led to the Treasury being besieged by Dan Brown fans keen to see the Grail for themselves.

Reporting the find in the Independent, journalist Simon Usborne decided to ring our Fellow Richard Barber, author of The Holy Grail: imagination and belief (Allen Lane, 2004), for his response. Richard describes the new book as belonging to a thriving genre: ‘you find an object and then fit it to the puzzle, so to speak; then you say “I’ve got the answer to a puzzle that has endured for a thousand years”’. As for the Grail myth, Richard says: ‘Great story; but until the end of the Middle Ages, [the Grail] was purely found in the Arthurian romances. It is never referred to by any religious authorities other than a Spanish bishop in the fourteenth century.’

‘What is it, then’, Simon Usborne asks, ‘that has so fascinated artists as diverse as Tennyson and Wagner, whose works helped to fuel a nineteenth-century explosion in a Grail obsession now evident in this book?’ ‘For much the same reason people are so fascinated with Arthur’, Richard replied: ‘You can’t find it and you won’t find it. It is the ultimate unattainable object, a mystery that, because you cannot solve it, only becomes more attractive.’
 
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Bronze Age ‘haves and have-nots’


A more credible discovery is a treasure-hunter’s find in Gloucestershire of a set of Bronze Age gold bracelets. In his Times report on the find, which was made last autumn at a metal-detecting rally near Lydney, our Fellow Norman Hammond said that the diameters of the bracelets were so small that they must have been made for a child. That such wealth was conferred at such an early age is strong evidence for social ranking in the Bronze Age or, as Norman puts it, that the division of society into ‘haves and have-nots’ had already emerged by the Middle Bronze Age (1500 to 1100 BC).

Kurt Adams, Finds Liaison Officer for Gloucestershire and Avon with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, believes the bracelets ‘belonged to the children of a local chieftain or similar’. Adams carried out an emergency excavation in which two further bracelets were discovered, making a total of eight. The finds are now being examined at the British Museum by Neil Wilkin, who said: ‘There are eight bracelets, two sets of two and one of four: the set of four nested one inside the other are child-sized, only a couple of inches or so in diameter.’ The bracelets (shown) are decorated with three rows of simple embossed and punched ornament.
 

Curatorial salaries in London and New York


The March edition of the Art Newspaper asks whether London is undergoing a brain drain as the Director of the Met, our Fellow Thomas Campbell, is reported to have recruited five British curators to join him in New York. The latest to cross the Atlantic to join him is Mark McDonald, previously Curator of Old Master prints and Spanish drawings at the British Museum. The newspaper speculates that his salary will at least double, from around £42,000, and warns that poor pay in London will lead to a ‘brain drain’: senior staff in major US museums are typically paid between two to three times what their counterparts earn in Britain.

The newspaper also claims that US museums offer greater professional opportunities to their curators than museums in Britain, with many more opportunities to do loan exhibitions and to buy works. Our Fellow Giles Waterfield, former Director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, agrees, saying: ‘A lot of curators at the V&A have been told they have to work for five years on various initiatives that have nothing to do with their area of expertise ... in the United States there has been strong, continuous respect for the role of curator.’

Phillip Prodger, a British-born photography curator who is leaving the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts in June to become the head of the photography collection at the National Portrait Gallery in London, presents the other side of the picture: ‘I’m afraid bureaucracy is alive and well in the United States’, he says, adding that: ‘the biggest difference is that many of the best American museums are private and that means it is easier to make big administrative decisions without obtaining external approval. So that part is true ... I’m not sure this equates to more freedom though, since the role of the curator is defined a little differently [in the US]. Fundraising, patron relations, and community outreach are a huge part of what curators do [there].’

Paul Thompson, former Director of London’s Design Museum, now Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, agrees that curators in the US are expected to raise funds more than their colleagues in Britain: ‘curators at the Cooper-Hewitt spend about 30 per cent of their time fundraising’, he says, but he believes that this trend is coming to Britain too as government subsidies for museums are cut.

Thompson argues that ‘in New York, there is a much, much greater degree of appetite for scholarly shows that aren’t necessarily going to be huge blockbusters. Trustees at museums like the Cooper-Hewitt or the Frick are incredibly supportive of such ideas and will say: “This is what we’re here for and we’re going to plan and fundraise accordingly”.’

Again Phillip Prodger disagrees, saying that ‘exhibitions in the United States are much more bottom-line driven, there is pressure that acquisitions should perform in the galleries, status objects are valued more highly and patrons and gallerists have more influence on what goes on display. The sort of support one receives in American museums is not necessarily liberating, since art and commerce in the States are much more entwined.’
 

National Trust for Scotland Chairman points to ‘harsh truths’ for government


Sir Kenneth Calman, the former Chief Medical Officer, now Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland, has urged the Scottish government to give higher priority to heritage conservation because of the billions of pounds it earns through tourism every year. In the latest issue of the Trust’s magazine, Sir Kenneth points out that ‘the historic environment contributes in excess of £2.3 billion (2.6 per cent) to Scotland’s national gross value added, and accounts for 2.5 per cent of total employment. This compares to a £758 million contribution from agriculture and £255 million from fisheries.’ Despite this, government argues that ‘in these austere times, direct funding for heritage is not necessarily a priority’.

“There are some harsh truths to grapple with as we face the challenge of conserving and interpreting our heritage, not least is the enormous amount of money needed’, Sir Kenneth argues, adding that the voluntary and private sectors cannot shoulder the entire cost of conservation. The NTS alone will have to raise at least £50 million extra over the next decade to meet the conservation needs of its properties, he said, ‘even before we account for improving interpretation and visitor experiences. This is a big ask for an independent charity’. With echoes of English Heritage terminology, and perhaps with an eye to a similar endowment to the £80m awarded to English Heritage for urgent conservation work, Sir Kenneth also floated the idea of a ‘national collection of heritage treasures’ that should be funded collectively to ensure their survival.

The NTS, with 320,000 members, owns some of Scotland’s most-visited historic properties but has struggled in recent years to finance them all on a long-term basis; its annual income is still less than the cost of running the organisation and caring for more than 1,500 sites and buildings. Sir Kenneth went on to say: ‘Heritage does matter to us, economically as well spiritually and intellectually, and we would all do well to pay it more attention.’
 

Britain’s first Huguenot Heritage Centre to open in Rochester




The Huguenot Heritage Centre (HHC), the first museum in Britain dedicated to the history of the 250,000 French Protestants who fled from religious persecution, mainly at the end of the seventeenth century, is to open in Rochester in 2015, thanks to a grant of £1.2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The HHC will be housed above the town’s Tourist Information Centre on the upper floors of 95 High Street, built in the 1930s as a Gas Board showroom (see above: the tympana above the windows are carved with flaming lamps).

The inspiration for the Huguenot Heritage Centre came from the Directors of the French Hospital, which was founded in London in 1718 as a charity offering sanctuary to poor Huguenots and is now located a short distance away from the new HHC, off Rochester High Street. The almshouse, whose story is told in The French Hospital In England, by Fellows Tessa Murdoch and Randolph Vigne, owns a highly regarded collection of paintings, prints, drawings, furniture, silverware, clocks, books, archival records and other items that will be used to help to tell the Huguenot story in the new heritage centre.

The HHC will explain why some 80,000 Huguenots settled in England, the biggest proportionate influx of immigrants in England’s history, and reveal the impact of the skills that the Huguenots brought with them to England on the development of modern Britain. The contemporary resonance of the Huguenot story will be illustrated by examples of the experiences of recent refugees.
 

The Elaine Paintin Memorial Fund


When our Fellow Elaine Paintin died in December 2010, the Institute of Historical Research at London University set up a memorial fund in her memory. Elaine had always been a staunch supporter of the IHR and, with the then Director, our Fellow Sir David Cannadine, she launched a huge fundraising campaign to safeguard the institute’s future, drumming up support from former historians now enjoying careers in banking, the law and accountancy, and raising £12 million in the process. At the time of her untimely death she had just been appointed to the IHR’s Advisory Council.

The IHR has now announced that it has so far raised a sum approaching £10,000 towards the fund, and Elaine’s daughter, Isabel, has very generously added a matching donation. The IHR would very much like to make the fund up to £20,000, and that sum will be used as a benefaction for the new British local history section of the refurbished IHR library, in its Senate House home. For that reason, the IHR is now calling on former colleagues and friends of Elaine to ask for contributions. You are welcome to contact Heather Dwyer, Senior Development Consultant at the Institute of Historical Research, for further information.
 

Memorial events for our late Fellow Thurstan Shaw


Our Fellow Pamela Jane Smith has organised a four-day programme of events on the theme of African archaeology in honour of her late husband, our Fellow Professor Thurstan Shaw, who died on 8 March 2013 at the age of ninety-eight. Fellows are warmly invited to attend the public events, which include a memorial service, to be held in Sidney Sussex College Chapel, Cambridge, at 2.30pm on 10 May 2014, and a lecture at 4.30pm on 8 May, to be given by Professor Susan Keech McIntosh, Herbert S Autrey Professor of Anthropology, Rice University, USA, on ‘The Enigma of Igbo Ukwu: exploring the origins of West African civilisation’, in the Biffen Lecture Theatre: tickets can be booked here. Further information on the conference, receptions and activities in celebration of Thurstan Shaw’s life can be found on the World Archaeological Congress website.
 
 

News of Fellows


Our Fellow Christopher Page has been elected Gresham Professor of Music for the next three years, in succession to Christopher Hogwood. Remarkably, Gresham has had a professor of music without interruption since the foundation of the college in 1597, the first one being John Bull (c 1563—1628) who was appointed to the newly created post by the mayor and aldermen of the City of London at the recommendation of Elizabeth I, and paid a salary of £50 per annum to give two one-hour lectures a week, ‘the theorique part for one half hour or thereabouts, and the practique by concert of voice or of instruments for the rest of the hour’. Today’s Gresham Professors give lectures at roughly monthly intervals, and Christopher says that, in his first year, he will give a series of lectures on the theme of ‘Men, Women and Guitars in Romantic England’.

Fellow Jeremy Sabloff, President of the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico and an expert on ancient Maya civilisation and pre-industrial urbanism, is to receive two awards in April: the Society for American Archaeology’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal from the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

Jerry says that: ‘when I was the Williams Director of the Penn Museum, I had the privilege of giving that same medal to such major figures as Fellow Colin Renfrew, Robert McCormick Adams, Frederica de Laguna and Fred Wendorf. In recent years, the Penn has awarded the medal to such luminaries as George Bass and Fellow Ian Hodder. Needless to say, I feel very honoured indeed! The fact that both awards were also given to my mentor, the late Gordon R Willey (Honorary Fellow of our Society) makes these honours even sweeter for me!’

For more about Jerry’s career and research interests, see his Wikipedia profile.

The inaugural Ruth and Vincent Megaw Lecture in Archaeology and Art took place on 12 April 2014 at Flinders University. Brian Fagan, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, gave the lecture, entitled ‘“Come, let me tell you a tale”: archaeology, storytelling, and the unperformed play of the past’, looking back at his long career, both as an African archaeologist and as an archaeological writer.

Fellow George Cunningham’s book, The Round Tower at Roscrea and its Environs, was formally launched by the abbot of the Cistercian abbey of Mount St Joseph, Dom Richard Purcell, of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (pictured with George). George says that this is ‘the first full definitive monograph on that most unique of Irish monuments, the Round Tower, detailing the story of the one at Roscrea from its historical background, through its erection in the twelfth century down to the present day’. Published by Parkmore Press, Roscrea, the book contains more than 350 illustrations, mostly colour, of antiquarian images and prints, photographs, maps, cartoons and commissioned drawings, many published for the first time
 
 

Feedback

Fellow Alan Saville, President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, adds a footnote to the obituary of David Harris that was published in Salon 317, ‘to record his term of office as President of the Prehistoric Society between 1990 and 1993. David took over as President from our late Fellow Thurstan Shaw [see above] — a very hard act to follow — at a time when I was the Conservation Co-Ordinator for the Society. I have good memories of his sympathetic stewardship of the Society, his firm but congenial management of Council, and the worldwide perspectives on prehistory he imparted.’

Regarding the same obituary, Norman Hammond is concerned that ‘the casual reader might think I wrote it’. In fact, Norman kindly passed on the obituary, which otherwise can only be read online by taking out a subscription to The Times. Moreover, it is the tradition at The Times that obituaries are anonymous.

Fellow David Clark, Vice-President of the Vernacular Architecture Group, has an idea that Fellows might like to consider at the Church Treasures workshop on 2 May 2014 (see ‘Forthcoming meetings’ above). David writes: ‘following the recent notes in Salon, and in view of the forthcoming conference on church treasures, I would like to suggest that there might be a way of killing two birds with one stone. This is for every diocese to identify one of its redundant churches (assuming that there are any, of course) as a “repository”, and to use it to store and display any features, monuments etc that have to be removed from other churches following their sale (or worse). The collections would be properly conserved and displayed and I imagine them being open to the public. Each diocese could do its own thing, or a national structure could be established to manage them all. As for funding, an ambitious national network of “church museums” might be attractive to the HLF.

‘There will no doubt be objections to removing monuments — such as the Parr tomb at Horton — from the building for which they were intended, but once sold for a purpose other than Christian worship, it is unrealistic to suppose that the church will ever return to such a use, and, as stated in Salon, ensuring public access and proper conservation will be virtually impossible. There will be many challenges in implementing the scheme I have suggested, but these could be tackled by means of a local pilot somewhere — any offers?’

Fellow Peter Hoare says that in ‘Feedback’ in the last issue of Salon ‘our Fellow Richard Hobbs refers to the “temporary” conversion of the British Museum’s Round Reading Room for exhibition purposes, and notes that Pompeii was the last exhibition to be held there. As far as I know the British Museum has not announced its plans for the future use of this space, an icon of library architecture (and, as required by the planning consent, with most of the reading-desks and other furnishings still in place below the temporary exhibition flooring). Although the contemporary “iron library” book-stacks were demolished to create the Great Court, the reading room itself remains as one of the most influential nineteenth-century library buildings worldwide. We must hope that this can be reflected in what follows.’

Fellow Barbara English says how good it is to see female Fellows being included in the latest release of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography! It used to be rare enough, she says, that women were elected to the Society of Antiquaries, let alone profiled in the ODNB. Barbara also points out that her own biography of our late Fellow Valerie Flint (1936—2009), the distinguished historian and author of The Rise of Magic in Early Medieval Europe (1991), was included in an earlier update to the ODNB.

Updates to the ODNB are published three times a year, and lists of all those added in the last five years can be viewed on the public side of the ODNB website.
 
 

Humour in archaeology: an update


It is more than a year ago now that Salon first reported on the launch of a new website devoted to sharing examples of humour in archaeology. Revisiting the HumArch website recently, Salon’s editor was pleased to see how much it has grown, based on contributions made by archaeologists and museum curators around the world offering field notes, diaries, poems, videos, site songs, photographs and much more, proving that humour in archaeology is alive and well.

For some Fellows visiting the site, there would be a strong sense of reliving the past: the latest addition to the site is a set of copies of The Digger newsletter, spanning issue 1 (November 1998) to Issue 39 (January 2006). The Digger was created in the late 1990s by a collective of archaeologists originally to discuss pay and working conditions on the digging circuit (with anonymity guaranteed for those who wanted to have a good moan), but before long becoming a vehicle for all sorts of wry and humorous observations of life as a professional archaeologist.

Salon’s editor is reliably informed that another dig newsletter will be available shortly, in the form of Yatter, produced in the early days of the York Archaeological Trust. There must be more such semi-samizdat publications out there (for example, Salon’s editor remembers one that circulated amongst staff at English Heritage a decade or more ago), so if you have copies in your attic or at the bottom of your filing cabinet, it’s time to get them out and offer them to the HumArch team for scanning and sharing with the world at large so that we can all share the joke.
 
 

Call for Papers: Capability Brown: perception and response in a global context


Through its Cultural Landscapes and Historic Gardens Committee, ICOMOS-UK is organising an international conference, to be held at the University of Bath from 9 to 11 September 2016, to celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716—83) and to examine his life, work, style and significance within the context of equivalent periods of naturalistic design around the world. Brown wrote no books and left no written explanation of his work. Much can only be inferred from his actual work, especially when seen in a wider context.

Proposals for papers are now sought, addressing the following themes: the significance of Lancelot Brown’s work in his own time, since and now; to whom, how and when was the work of Brown and his contemporaries known in countries beyond Britain?; how did the work and style of Brown relate to landscape design in countries beyond Britain?; can Brown’s style be meaningfully associated with any international art-historical movements?

Papers will be selected from the proposals submitted both for the conference and for a special issue of the peer-reviewed Garden History journal, to be published in Summer 2016. The deadline for abstracts (to be emailed to ICOMOS-UK) is 31 August 2014 and further information on submitting proposals can be found on the ICOMOS-UK website.
 
 

Call for Papers: Landscape Perspectives: new approaches in archaeological survey


The inaugural conference of the Landscape Survey Group will take place at the University of Sheffield on 19 and 20 September 2014, and it will offer fresh perspectives on archaeological survey by highlighting new approaches and the application of innovative techniques to landscape recording and interpretation. The conference will combine a day of talks, posters and demonstrations, with a field visit to local landscapes on the second day. Proposals for papers (of 20 minutes’ duration), posters or demonstrations that address the theme of the conference are now invited. If you would like to contribute, please send a title and short abstract (250 words maximum) to Fellow Angela Gannon by Friday 27 June 2014. The Landscape Survey Group website has further information.
 
 

Events


Now to 16 May 2014: ‘Pots and Tiles of the Middle Ages’, a selling exhibition at Sam Fogg Ltd, 15D Clifford Street, London W1S 4JZ. The exhibition includes earthenware vessels from William Ridout’s collection, published 1934, from John Philip Kassebaum’s collection, published 1981 (with several pots intended for his second volume of ceramics that never came to fruition), and many from our late Fellow Jonathan Horne’s Mayfair gallery. Alongside are decorative medieval tiles from England, France and Germany. A copy of the highly illustrated catalogue, written by our Fellow Maureen Mellor, has been deposited in the Society’s library and Maureen says: ‘I urge Fellows to visit this stellar exhibition because, once sold, many of these lovely items will not be readily accessible to scholars for another generation’. Further information from the Sam Fogg website.

Now to 22 May 2014: ‘Pots Before Words’: art by Kate Morrell, inspired by the Jacquetta Hawkes Archive at the University of Bradford. The works in this exhibition engage with the life and work of our late Fellow Jacquetta Hawkes and her humanistic approach to the study of prehistory and pottery. ‘Pots Before Words’ explores the tensions between the subjective and the objective in the interpretation and display of archaeological evidence. Further information can be found on the Bradford University website.

Now to 12 October 2014: The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714—1760 opens at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, to mark the 300th anniversary of George I’s ascent to the throne as the first British monarch of the German House of Hanover and the dramatic period of change that resulted across all aspects of British political, intellectual and cultural life. More than 300 works from the Royal Collection will be on display and a full programme of lectures (many of them given by Fellows), special evening events, concerts (including performances using instruments from the collection and an ‘Early Music Show’ recital that you can hear on iPlayer, first broadcast on Radio 3 on 13 April 2014), short courses, study days and creative courses is available: for full details, use this link to download the ‘What’s On’ events programme.

26 April 2014: ‘Change and Continuity: archaeology and the English Heritage “New Model”’, by Steve Trow, Heritage Protection Manager at English Heritage, Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking GU21 6ND, from 1.30pm, all welcome, preceded by Rescue’s Annual General Meeting at 12 noon. This important talk will be followed by a discussion on the subject of state archaeology, local government archaeology and the proposed splitting up of English Heritage. Read Rescue’s comments regarding the recent consultation on its website.

15 May 2014: ‘Objects and Inventories in the Pre-modern World’, 11.15am to 5.30pm, Research Forum South Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN. This interdisciplinary workshop looks beyond the function of medieval inventories as lists of objects to explore their historical, legal and epistemological complexity in the Christian and Islamic Mediterranean. The speakers will reflect upon the different textual and visual formats of medieval inventories, their physical appearance and organisation, and the different ways in which they referred to and provided information about objects and collections. What were the legal, economic and social functions of inventories, and what connections can be traced between practices of inventory-making and broader epistemological developments in the later Middle Ages? Ultimately, this workshop aims to explore the ways in which inventories contributed to produce, organise and transmit knowledge, and the ways in which they operated (together with the objects that they recorded) to maintain or undermine social, religious and political order.

For further information, contact the Research Forum, Courtauld Institute of Art. To book, see the Courtauld Institute’s online shop.

7 June 2014: ‘A Lost Elysium? The impact of motoring on English landscapes in the inter-war years’, by our Fellow John Minnis, Senior Architectural Investigator with English Heritage and author, with Fellow Kathryn Morrison, of the award-winning Carscapes. This annual lecture of the British Association for Local History forms part of BALH’s London Local History Day, further details of which can be found on the association’s website.

14 July 2014: ‘Finding the Plot: 100 graves to visit before you die’, a lecture by Ann Treneman, parliamentary sketch writer for The Times, on her recently published book of the same name, will take place at The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ, at 7pm. This follows on from the Annual General Meeting of the Mausolea & Monuments Trust, at 5.45pm, and summer drinks and book signing at 6.15pm; see the Trust’s website for further information.

26—31 July 2014: Keele Latin and Palaeography Summer School; now in its thirty-seventh year, this week-long summer school held at Keele University provides practical tuition in medieval Latin and palaeography in small groups. Using digital images of medieval documents from both The National Archives and local record offices in England, the sessions are intended to provide students of English history with a firm grounding in the reading and transcription of a range of English sources. For details please visit the school’s home page or contact the Director, Nigel Tringham.

12 and 13 September 2014: ‘Recovering Fonthill 1560—2014’, a two-day symposium at Central Saint Martins, in the Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA, on Friday 12 September (papers will include: ‘Francis Lord Cottington’s Fonthill’, ‘Putting together Alderman Beckford’s Splendens’, ‘The “making” of William Beckford’, ‘Restoring Alderman Beckford’s Organ’, ‘Treasure-hunting: locating Beckford’s collection’, ‘The Lanes: Grotto Builders’, ‘The Morrisons’ Pavilion’ and ‘Little Ridge and Detmar Blow’) and at the Fonthill estate in Wiltshire on Saturday 13 September 2014, when Fellow Caroline Dakers and others will lead a walk in search of the locations of some of the lost houses and visit surviving remnants, including Beckford’s Abbey, his stables and boathouse, the Palladian Arch (of disputed provenance), the remains of Detmar Blow’s Little Ridge and the traces of work by William Burn, George Devey and Papworth visible in estate cottages and lodges. There will also be an opportunity to visit the archives of the Morrison family, where a special display will be presented by the estate’s archivist.

For further information, see the website of the University of the Arts London.

13 to 21 September 2014: The Beverley Georgian Festival. Fellows Barbara English, David Neave and John Wilton-Ely are all involved in the organisation of this nine-day celebration of the accession of George I — and the completion of Beverley’s Market Cross — in 1714. The Festival starts with Heritage Open Days, when a number of Georgian buildings usually closed to the public will be opening their doors, and it continues with concerts, plays, a film, a Georgian banquet in Beverley Minster and a re-creation of the proclamation of George I at the Cross — through not a re-creation of the free meals that were given to 2,000 townspeople or the hot air balloons that accompanied the original Market Cross unveiling. For further information, see the Festival website.

11 October 2014: ‘Turkey ancient and modern: a day of exploration’, King’s College London, Strand Campus. The British Institute at Ankara is hosting this one-day event to showcase the splendours and complexities of Turkey’s culture and history and promote the research supported by the BIAA. The presentations will cover prehistoric archaeology, Roman village life, Ottoman art, the role of women and the contemporary political scene. Musical interludes will be provided by Pakaw, a London-based Turkish group, and the day will be preceded by a three-course Turkish dinner with music and dancing at the British Academy on Friday 10 October.

A flyer for the event can be downloaded here.

24 November 2014: ‘Finds in the Landscape: how portable antiquities contribute to our understanding of past landscapes’, a Portable Antiquities Scheme Conference to be held in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum, 10am to 5pm. Attendance is free, but please book a place in advance by contacting Janina Parol, Department of Prehistory and Europe.

This conference considers the contribution that portable antiquities and amateur-collected finds can make to our interpretations of past landscapes. Papers will also explore different methods for incorporating PAS data into landscape research, and the contribution of PAS data to the study of different archaeological periods.
 

The Wardens: managing a late medieval hospital


Edited by our Fellow Alan Rogers, this is the final volume in the late medieval Stamford series that the Stamford Survey Group started many years ago as a University of Nottingham Extra-Mural Group project. A large part of the book consists of a transcription of the account books of Browne’s Hospital for the years 1495 to 1518, the subject of a paper in the Antiquaries Journal in 1966, when the riches were simply hinted at. Here they are revealed in full detail, and this is not at all the dull list you might expect of hospital income and expenditure: instead, the entries made by each successive Warden, larded with personal observations, tell of the frustrations of making ends meet in the face of declining income, litigious tenants and property (the main source of the Hospital’s income) in need of such constant repair that the Wardens employed what today would be called a ‘direct labour force’ and maintained a large builder’s yard.

It is clear from some of the entries that life as a Warden was stressful and involved constant travel to and from manorial courts and meetings with constantly complaining tenants, or to collect rent or supervise repairs. A sixty-page introduction draws out this and some of the other themes that can be traced through the accounts, profiling the people involved, showing the locations of the various estates that Thomas Browne bequeathed to endow the hospital and explaining medieval legal and financial terms. One fascinating section uses the data in the accounts to trace fluctuations in rents, wages and the prices of commodities (from nails to spices, such as cumin and pepper). Anyone interested in vernacular architecture will find this to be a rich source of information on the costs, for example, of roof trusses and the labour to erect them and on the sorts of things that can go wrong, such as flooding, fire and walls and chimneys that seem prone to falling down on a regular basis. There is much too for students of dialect and spelling, and for those of us who do not know our ‘govels’ from our ‘gymms’, there is a useful glossary to which a number of Fellows have contributed.

The Wardens: managing a late medieval hospital, edited by Alan Rogers; ISBN 9781845495992; Abramis, 2013
 

The Life and Death of Querns and Interpreting Shipwrecks


Two more books have just been published in the Southampton Monographs in Archaeology New Series, under the general editorship of our Fellow David Peacock. Monograph 3, The Life and Death of Querns, by Susan Watts, is an exemplary study of querns and quern fragments from structured deposits in south-western England, from the Neolithic to the late Iron Age. This is a fascinating topic: querns are very durable and hard to break, so when they are found entire or as fragments (often burned into the bargain) in pits, ditches, under thresholds, in house foundations, sealed under floors or as part of closing deposits in postholes or round-house gullies, one is entitled to ask ‘what is going on?’ and ‘why have these querns been taken out of use?’.

Adding to the enigma is the variety of other objects found deposited with querns, from ox and horse skulls and (in one case) a human burial, to slingstones, polished stone axes, whetstones, pottery vessels, sickles, loomweights, spindle whorls and much more. The author says that each deposit probably has its own story to tell that we can never recapture, but that together this represents a long-lived aspect of human behaviour, and she ends with some suggestions for improving the ways in which structured deposits are recorded in future excavations so that more information can be extracted.

Interpreting Shipwrecks, edited by our Fellow Jonathan Adams and Johan Rönnby, gathers together twelve essays by maritime archaeologists in the UK, Sweden, Finland and Germany, all asking about the archaeological potential of shipwrecks not only to inform us about ship technology and naval architecture, but also more widely about ships as material culture and what their creation and use can tell us about the beliefs and values of the people and the societies that produced them. This is no easy exercise, given that shipwrecks are but a fragment of the enormously complicated human artefact that the ship was once, and the faintest of reflections of the lives of those who created and operated the ship — it is noticeable, therefore, that quite a few of the contributors round out their accounts by combining wreck evidence with documentary evidence in its many forms, not least the visual evidence of contemporary engravings, prints and paintings.

The result is a multi-faceted volume that tells us much about current shipwreck studies, and how ships can be a catalyst to research into questions as different as the use of space on board ship, the ways in which ship design reflect and reinforce social hierarchies, and conflicts between leisure divers and maritime archaeologists. Collectively these essays show that shipwrecks are not just the preserve of nautical specialists but have wider stories to tell about ships as artefacts, as ideology and as symbols, as well as about the people who sailed on them.

The Life and Death of Querns, by Susan R Watts; ISBN 9780992633615; Southampton Monographs in Archaeology New Series no. 3, The Highfield Press, 2014

Interpreting Shipwrecks, edited by Jonathan Adams and Johan Rönnby; ISBN 9780992633639; Southampton Monographs in Archaeology New Series no. 4, The Highfield Press, 2013
 

Gifts to the Library, January to March 2014


The Society is very grateful to the donors of the following books, given to the Library in the period from January to March 2014. Full records for all these books are included in the online catalogue, and all are now available in the Library.
  • From the compiler, Nigel Brown, FSA, Splendid and Permanent Pageants: archaeological and historical reconstruction pictures of Essex, 2000
  • From the author, Roy Canham, FSA, A Land Through Time: a Lidar survey of a part of the Bradford Hundred, 2014
  • From the author, Jon Cannon, Cathedral: the great English cathedrals and the world that made them, 2011
  • From the co-author, Edward Chaney, FSA, The Jacobean Grand Tour: early Stuart travellers in Europe, by Edward Chaney and Timothy Wilks, 2014
  • From Thomas Coomans, ‘The parish and pilgrimage church of St Elizabeth in KoÅ¡ice: town, court and architecture in late medieval Hungary’, by Tim Juckes, Architectura Medii Aevi, 6, 2011
  • From the editor, Michael Faraday, FSA, Deeds of the Palmers’ Gild of Ludlow: documents in the LB5/2 class (with some others) in Shropshire Archives, Shrewsbury, 2012; The Herefordshire Chantry valuations of 1547: the working book of William Crowche, Surveyor of Augmentations, 2012; The Herefordshire Musters of 1539 and 1542, 2012; Radnorshire taxes in the reign of Henry VIII: assessment-lists and accounts of subsidies and benevolences 1543—47, 2013
  • From the author, Stephen Freeth, FSA, A Short Guide to Vintners’ Hall, revised edition, 2013
  • From the author, John Goulstone, Monday to Sunday: gods of the pagan English, 2013
  • From Robert Harding, FSA, Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre: work published on the occasion of the exhibition ... at the Château de Versailles and at the Maison de Chateaubriand ... from 16th April to 14th July 2013, 2013
  • From Richard Hobbs, FSA, The Oldest town in Europe. Vinkovci: from the Neolithic to this day, 2013
  • From the editor, Colum Hourihane, FSA, ‘From minor to major: the minor arts in medieval art history’, Index of Christian Art, Occasional Papers, XIV, 2012; ‘Patronage: power and agency in medieval art’, Index of Christian Art, Occasional Papers, XV, 2013; ‘Abraham in medieval Christian, Islamic and Jewish art’, Index of Christian Art, Resources, IV, 2013
  • From the author, Malcolm Johnson, FSA, Crypts of London, 2013
  • From the London Borough of Richmond, Arcadian Vistas: Richmond’s landscape gardens, Orleans Gallery exhibition catalogue, 2013
  • From the author, Maureen Mellor, FSA, Pots and Tiles of the Middle Ages, 2014
  • From the author, Iain Morley, FSA, The Prehistory of Music: human evolution, archaeology, and the origins of musicality, 2013
  • From Adrian Olivier, FSA, OHRID World Heritage Site, Macedonian Cultural Heritage, 2009; Historical Monuments of Egypt. Vol 1: Rosetta, 2008
  • From the author, Nicholas Orme, FSA, The Church in Devon 400—1560, 2013
  • From the author, Mark Pearce, FSA, Rethinking the North Italian Early Neolithic, Accordia Specialist Studies on Italy, 17, 2013
  • From Sue Powell, FSA, The Typography of Syriac: a historical catalogue of printing types 1537—1958, by J F Coakley, 2006
  • From Paul Rogan Quarrie, FSA, Collett’s Farthing Newspaper: the Bowerchalke village newspaper 1878—1924, 2004
  • From the author, Christine Stevenson, FSA, The City and the King: architecture and politics in Restoration London, 2013
  • From Jussi-Pekka Taavitsainen, FSA, Archaeology in Society and Daily Life: challenges and co-operation in the 21st century, 2013
  • From the co-editor, William Whyte, FSA, Architectural History after Colvin: the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain symposium 2011, edited by Malcolm Airs, FSA, and William Whyte, FSA, 2013

Vacancies


Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings: Development Manager
Salary: £38,000; closing date: 2 May 2014

The SPAB is looking for a new Development Manager to pursue the diversification and strengthening of revenue sources and to increase support for the organisation. Significant knowledge of and proven success in raising funds through trusts, statutory sources and legacy campaigns will be key to this role. For a job description and application form, see the SPAB’s website.

McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge: Research Associate (Fixed Term)
Salary scale: £28,132 to £36,661, plus up to £5,000 pa in research support funds; closing date 30 May 2014

The McDonald Institute invites applications for the fourth of five three-year post-doctoral Anniversary Research Fellowships. Applicants should propose a focused research project and a broader inter-disciplinary conference topic within one of the five major research areas of current interest to the Institute: human/environmental interaction, social change, symbols, material culture and heritage. The successful applicant must have completed their doctorate at the time of taking up their Fellowship on or around 1 October 2014. Further particulars can be downloaded here.
 
 

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