Salon: Issue 405
24 April 2018
Next issue: 8 May
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From the Desk of the General Secretary
News from Kelmscott Manor
‘Only there is Life’: The artists Edward and Stephani Scott-Snell at Kelmscott Manor 1940-48
‘Only there is Life’ is Kelmscott Manor’s 2018 exhibition (opening 23 June). It centres on the Society of Antiquaries’ recent acquisition of paintings and drawings by the artists Edward and Stephani Scott-Snell, created during the period they were living at the Manor as self-described ‘guardians of the most beautiful house in the world’.
The exhibition is co-curated by Dr Kathy Haslam (Heritage Manager at Kelmscott Manor) and Joscelyn Godwin Hon FSA, Edward and Stephani’s younger son. Professor Godwin recently edited The Starlight Years: Love and War at Kelmscott Manor (2015), constructed from selected letters and diary entries by Edward and Stephani, and illustrated by several of the paintings and drawings now in the Manor’s collection.
Read the press release >
What's on at Kelmscott Manor >
“Kelmscott above the Fafnir Hedge” by Edward Scott-Snell, c.1943. (Society of Antiquaries of London, Gift of Joscelyn Godwin)
Acquisition of the May Morris archive
A recently-discovered collection of extensive holiday diaries written by May Morris between 1919 and 1937 has been acquired by the Society. The holiday diaries, along with other papers and photographs, came to light last year at Coleg Harlech in west Wales, and were passed to May Morris expert Jan Marsh for safe-keeping prior to being deposited with the Society.
Read more >
Diary entry for 29 June 1931; pen and ink sketch of the port of Seydisfjordur, east Iceland.
Volume 97 of the Antiquaries Journal
Volume 97 of the Antiquaries Journal is available to read online and in print. Fellows can access the papers of this volume and others online free of charge via the Fellows’ Area of the Society’s website.
Work is now underway on preparing papers for Volume 98 (to be available in print in October 2018), and indeed this volume’s very first paper has just been published online: ‘The origins of Tradescant’s “India Occidentali” wooden clubs: 14C dating, material identification and strontium isotope studies’ by Joanna Ostapkowicz, Alison Roberts, Jevon Thistlewood, Fiona Brock, Alex C Wiedenhoeft, Christophe Snoek, Rick Schulting and Warwick Bray.
The paper focuses on the material study of four large, decorated clubs, which, in 1685, formed part of the founding collection for the Ashmolean Museum, in Oxford. Prior to this, the clubs had been acquired in the Americas and were part of John Tradescant’s ‘Ark’, but exact details of their origins were unknown. Drawing on contemporary ethnohistorical accounts and using radiocarbon dating, wood identification and strontium isotope analyses, Joanna Ostapkowicz et al provide new data for these hitherto poorly known objects, revealing not only the type of wood from which they were carved, but their probable dates of manufacture, use and provenance, giving us a fascinating insight into the lives of the Carib people in the Americas before and during the early Colonial period.
To read ‘The origins of Tradescant’s “India Occidentali” wooden clubs: 14C dating, material identification and strontium isotope studies’, visit the 'Library Resources' page in the Fellows' Area of the Society’s website and follow the link for the Antiquaries Journal to access FirstView articles.
What Happened to Windrush Records?
An issue currently troubling the Government concerns children who came to the UK from Caribbean countries with their parents between 1948 and 1971, who had been encouraged to immigrate to work in the public sector. Commonwealth citizens living in the UK were given indefinite leave to remain in 1971, but few children in particular had paperwork to confirm their status. That didn't matter, however, until the Home Office, led then by Theresa May (now Prime Minister) set out to meet an election pledge by former Prime Minister David Cameron to reduce immigration to 100,000 a year.
In 2012, when Home Secretary, Theresa May wrote of an aim ‘to create here in Britain a really hostile environment for illegal migration’. In such an atmosphere, in 2010 the Home Office destroyed landing card slips recording the arrival of immigrants on the ship HMT Empire Windrush. Staff had warned, reported the Guardian (17 April), that these records might be important to older Caribbean-born residents needing to demonstrate their residential status. And so it proved, as many stories emerged of people who have spent all but the earliest years of their lives living and working in Britain, being threatened with deportation or forbidden to return from overseas trips.
While playing a relatively small role in transatlantic migrations, the Windrush’s pioneering journey in 1948 led to it becoming a cultural icon. African-Caribbean people who arrived in the UK after the Nationality Act 1948 are often said to belong to the Windrush generation. Windrush immigrants featured in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. Reports of the destruction of Windrush records created quite a stir.
Social historians picked up the loss as an issue in its own right, though exactly what the records were and what was on them remains unclear. Bendor Grosvenor, an art dealer and historian, tweeted that under the Public Records Act, government departments are supposed to transfer records to the National Archives within 30 years (reduced to 20 in 2013). If they want to hang on to them for longer, they have to give their reasons. A request for this is considered by the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives, an independent body of historians and archivists on which Grosvenor used to sit, which advises the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. ‘Therefore,’ wrote Grosvenor, ‘there should at some point have been a retention application made for the Windrush disembarkation papers.’ Apparently it was not made.
Shipping records are a staple of social historians and family researchers, and would come under the National Archives collection policy (as set out in 2012) to represent ‘The state’s interaction with the lives of its citizens’; this includes ‘case files, datasets and other records which contain extensive information about the lives of individuals or groups, organisations and places, which contribute substantially to public knowledge and understanding of the people and communities of the UK.’ ‘I cannot understand how records of this importance were destroyed,’ said Grosvenor in a thread of tweets. ‘The government's record management system is not fit for purpose (which is why I resigned from the Council).’
The Advisory Council is chaired by Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls. Its members include Helen Forde FSA who, she tells me, was not on the panel at the time the Windrush records might have been considered. Was the Council given the opportunity to advise on them before their destruction? Would it have sought their retention if it had been? These questions have been put to the Council under the Freedom of Information Act, and I will report their response when it comes.
Photo Imperial War Museum.
Historic England says Nelson’s Column can Stay
What should we do with controversial statues and memorials? Join the public debate with @Freedland @afuahirsch @peterfrankopan @DavidOlusoga @tiffanyjenkins @intelligence2 on Monday 14 May 2018 in London
This tweet by Historic England on 15 April was to promote a meeting to discuss public statues, some of which are seen as 'controversial symbols of oppression and discrimination’.
The tweeted question, and a gif showing a wrecking ball knocking Nelson off his Trafalgar Square column (right), prompted a substantial response (1,600 comments as I write), almost all of which seemed to be from people who felt that raising the issue was wrong. The overwhelming view, often expressed in insulting or abusive tones, was that Historic England (HE) was conspiring to overthrow British culture and history. Somebody cancelled their English Heritage membership – HE pointed out that they are a different organisation:
We should withdraw Historic England's public funding immediately and prevent any Isis style vandalism of our heritage
Alasdair Allward (@alandlinzi)
Disgraceful! let's talk about closing you down if your job is to protect our heritage we've got no chance
La Tennant (@LinTennant12)
There shouldn't even be debated. I find it offensive that this is being discussed at all!
Jackie Fletcher (@JackieFletcher4)
Historic England is DISGUSTING left wing, liberal anti British abuse of tax payers money. Purpose can only be to erase British culture.
Someone at Historic England (@HistoricEngland) politely and patiently explained the event:
Hi there, thanks for your comment. We aren't advocating removal of statues but are instead encouraging debate and conversation about this topical issue.
This received several responses, all negative, of which this is typical:
The public doesn't fund Historic England to “encourage conversation and debate” about tearing down historic monuments – a hobbyhorse for a tiny minority of fringe social justice activists – the public funds Historic England to PRESERVE historic monuments.
Jack Montgomery (@JackBMontgomery, 22,500 followers and Deputy Head of Comms at Leave EU for the referendum).
Before I gave up reading the tweets, I found only one that was supportive, from Dr Dwight Turner (@Dturner300), a Brighton University lecturer with 401 followers (I'm a fan of the idea of the debate and wish you well with this). Woody Woodward (@RacialPollution) responded with why would you care about British history dwight? its not your history. Dr Turner is black.
Afua Hirsch (@afuahirsch, one of the speakers) tweeted, This Gif isn’t provocative at all. Don’t get mad, join the debate. She received over a hundred negative comments, several of which are abusive: You are a white hating political activist harboured by Britain's #TraitorClass is one of the more repeatable, from Paul Weston (@paulwestonlibgb, 19,700 followers). Many, as with those on the HE post, show misunderstanding or ignorance of what Historic England is and how it works, and of a topic that is of current interest to many in the heritage sector and beyond.
The day after its wrecking ball tweet, HE blogged a comment explaining that it was not ‘in favour of demolition of any monument and the debate is not about Nelson’s column itself. It is about how the nation responds to criticism of our public statues and monuments and what they are thought to represent.’
For much of the time I have been writing about archaeology and heritage, the ethnic identity of organisation members and museum visitors – and really anyone taking an interest in heritage – was a common topic of discussion: mostly white people worried that black, Asian and other non-white communities seemed to be significantly under-represented in any heritage gathering. How could we encourage these absent audiences to enjoy their heritage?
The debate has since widened, with a growing realisation that the problem was less with the potential audience, than the way the heritage they were being expected to enjoy was defined. Historic England (HE), under the director of Duncan Wilson FSA, has been instrumental in opening up the scope and meaning of what we consider to be heritage. A few weeks after being appointed HE’s first Chief Executive in 2015, Wilson wrote, with reference to recent earthquakes in Nepal, that ‘historic sites … represent the spirit of its people. And this is why heritage becomes a target when cultures, races and nations are under attack. England’s places are no different.’ ‘Our heritage,’ he said, ‘embodies the record of the struggles of previous generations – their highs and their lows. Our job is to unlock these stories. We must always do it on the basis of evidence, understanding and expertise.’ HE must also tell these stories, he added, ‘so that the historic environment is understood, cared-for and celebrated.’
As one category of misunderstanding starts to be broken down, another rises in its place. In the present political climate, this one may be harder to dispel.
Revere or Remove? The Battle over Statues, Heritage and History is at the Emmanuel Centre on 14 May. Jonathan Freedland chairs David Olusoga, Peter Frankopan, Afua Hirsch and Tiffany Jenkins. Details online.
Money Flows: Development Archaeology in Russia
‘It is not my aim,’ writes Heinrich Härke FSA, ‘to have a piece of bad news in every other issue of Salon: it just looks like it sometimes.’ True to form, his latest piece is not very cheering, though it contains the surprising news – to me at least – of exceptionally generous archaeological funding requirements in Russia. Which is where the trouble starts. ‘The end is nigh,’ says Härke, ‘for Russian rescue archaeology as we know it’:
‘It has been one of the ironies of the history of archaeology that some of the best and most “progressive” monument protection schemes had been set up by the most repressive political regimes. It was under Stalin that in 1934 the Soviet Union passed the law that subsequently was often referred to as the “ten per cent law”: any area which was to be destroyed or negatively affected by building or development had to be explored beforehand with up to 10% of the projected development costs.
‘In practice, archaeology benefitted more from this than any other discipline, and the law has been the basis of effective rescue archaeology on a large scale, producing huge amounts of new data from long-standing expeditions surveying and digging what in effect became their territorial reserves. The law survived the collapse of the Soviet Union, and rescue archaeologists made hay during the post-Soviet building boom.
‘All of this may be about to end, to the horror of the archaeological community in the Russian Federation. An “amendment” of the law is to be tabled in the Duma (the Russian parliament), with the declared aim to allow “exceptions” from the strict application of the ten per cent rule. As has become usual with new legislation in Russia, this is happening with blinding speed and minimal consultation.
‘Therefore, information is scarce about key questions such as what constitutes an “exception”, who decides on them, and how widespread these may become, given that large parts of the Russian building industry are in the hands of oligarchs allied closely to the Kremlin. Archaeologists are organising petitions and protests, with the largest research institutes (such as the Moscow Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences) threatened with the loss of much, possibly most of their income, which they generate through their own Departments of Rescue Archaeology.
‘Meanwhile the recent situation in Russian rescue archaeology has become quite unsavoury, with regional monopolies falling into the hands of shadowy characters with former or current FSB affiliation (the internal Secret Service better known under its Soviet label of KGB), and huge amounts of money being made with “archaeology” in the wake of giant building projects such as at Sochi and on the Kerch Bridge site. But it is highly unlikely that the new “amendment” is intended to stop such misuse and corruption – it will simply shift it from semi-independent FSB “franchises” to larger construction empires, and the control of the money flows will be moved closer to the centres of power (which is what a lot of recent “reorganisation”, including that of the Russian Academy of Sciences, appears to have been about). But this insight is of little use to archaeology and archaeologists in Russia at the moment.‘
• The photo right shows an excavation at the construction site of a railway link for the Kerch Strait Bridge in 2017, where ‘Turkish clay pipes from the 17th and 18th centuries, jars, jewellery, antique ceramics, everyday items from the bronze age, and religious items, among them Christian crosses and amulets,’ are said to have been uncovered. What will be Russia’s longest bridge, connecting the Crimean Peninsula to mainland Russia with roads and railways, is the site of archaeological works covering more than 60 hectares (150 acres). It is, reports Tass, ‘the largest scientific and archaeological research effort ever conducted in Russia.’ The graphic and an uncaptioned photo of ceramics are from the bridge project website.
Catching up with Stonehenge
‘You are always impressive and interesting,’ writes Jack Hanbury FSA. ‘And fun, and your range of subjects and information is breathtaking.’ I sense a ‘but’ coming.
‘But it seems bizarre to ignore Stonehenge entirely. I can see the Society itself may wish to tiptoe around any commitment, but surely you can at least report on developments, such as the 2017 UNESCO ruling and the current consultation?‘
Salon does not entirely ignore Stonehenge. Recent longer pieces include an overview of the first road tunnel consultation (A tunnel past Stonehenge? 24 January 2017, with many links) and the General Secretary's comment in the same edition (Public Consultation on A303 and Stonehenge). These were followed by The Society's Response to the Highways England Consultation and A303 Tunnel Past Stonehenge (7 March), and Stonehenge Options (a long review of alternative routes for the A303, 21 March).
The ‘2017 Unesco ruling’ was covered in a paragraph on 20 June and again on 4 July (Unesco’s advisory report recommended ‘exploring’ a new bypass road taking the A303 outside the World Heritage Site, while noting that a tunnel design, if adopted as the solution, could be improved). On 3 October Salon reported that the Government had adopted the principle of a dual-carriageway tunnel aligned near the existing A303. A debate about the Stonehenge roads at the National Trust’s 2017 AGM was reported on 31 October.
The current tunnel consultation, which concluded at midnight on 23 April – precisely as this edition of Salon was sent out – was launched on 8 February 2018. I mentioned it twice in passing, with a link to the consultation web page, but I could have written more about it. And I’m aware that things have been happening at Stonehenge I have not reported. We can have too much of a good thing, but perhaps I’ve been over-sensitive about my own involvement with the site, which means it can sometimes be difficult to write about Stonehenge without putting myself into the story. What do Fellows think? Would you like more, less or about the same of Stonehenge in Salon?
In the meantime, here is more.
This year is the centenary of Stonehenge being gifted to the nation by Cecil and Mary Chubb. Cecil bought Stonehenge at auction on I September 1915: it was Lot 15, and went for £6,600. The estate agents featured the monument in a bottom corner of a full page advert in Country Life (top). The main attraction was the 19th-century house of Amesbury Abbey, its outbuildings (including a Chinese summerhouse), gardens and grounds, fishing rights on the Avon, six ‘first-rate’ farms and ‘a large portion of the town of Amesbury’.
‘It's said that Mary wanted Cecil to buy a set of curtains at the auction,’ Heather Sebire FSA, Property Curator for Stonehenge and other prehistoric sites, told BBC News in 2015. ‘And he came back with something rather different.’ Three years later, the Government accepted the gift, and Cecil was knighted. His new coat of arms (First Baronet of Stonehenge) featured a sprig of Druidic mistletoe clenched in a lion’s paw. The plaque (left) is on his house in Shrewton, down the road from Stonehenge.
To celebrate the anniversary, English Heritage (to whom the stones are now worth rather more than the 1915 sale price) is holding a series of talks at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. The first four of 11 have taken place (by Julian Richards FSA, Polly Bagnall and Sally Beck, Tim Darvill FSA and Phil Harding FSA). Harding (right) spoke to a packed room (the co-opted café) on 18 April about recent excavations at Bulford ahead of a large Army housing programme, just to the east of the World Heritage Site. A variety of Neolithic features of importance to the Stonehenge story have been found (specialists will be interested to hear that these include some 50 pits containing placed deposits with Woodlands-style Grooved Ware, dated quite precisely to an early 2950 BC). Future talks will be given by Mike Parker Pearson FSA (16 May), me (13 June), Mark Bowden FSA (18 July), Susan Greaney (15 August), David Dawson FSA (19 September), Heather Sebire FSA (24 October) and Martyn Barber (14 November). Details online.
The Bulford excavations (in which Harding says he has taken more pleasure than any other site, postponing his retirement to work on the project) covered 13 hectares, and are but part of the archaeological work commissioned by the Army Basing Programme and being conducted by Wessex Archaeology. This is creating homes, offices and work spaces for 4,300 army personnel and their families being returned from Germany to Salisbury Plain by the Government in order to cut the defence budget. The local MP has been lobbying to persuade businesses to provide new shopping and leisure opportunities; more building, and more archaeological excavation can be expected.
The archaeology of this, and private housing developments on a similar scale just beyond the northern and eastern boundaries of the World Heritage Site, have received relatively little publicity compared to smaller scale university-based research within the World Heritage Site. At the very least, the results, determined and paid for by developers (red areas in the map, the World Heritage Site is blue), will be no less significant for our understanding of Stonehenge than discoveries made by the academics (at sites marked by blue and black dots).
This is the focus of a feature I wrote for the current edition of British Archaeology, and for which I drew the map. One idea in that article, that the site of Stonehenge might have been marked already at the end of the Ice Age by two large, natural sarsen boulders, was picked up by the Times on 9 April. In the way of the web the story went round the world, and that paper’s headline (Stonehenge rocks were there ‘long before humans’) ended up on one occasion as Secret of Stonehenge revealed: British scientists have proven the existence of aliens.
Civilisations on TV
Back in 2002 the British Museum launched a series of websites about the antique world – Egypt, India, China and so on – under the general title of Ancient Civilizations. They’re still around (here’s Ancient Greece), if themselves now looking a little antique. In 2018 the BBC cottoned on, and broadcast a nine-part TV series called Civilisations. An explicit revisit of a landmark 1969 series, Civilisation, presented by art historian Kenneth Clark, Civilisations has three presenters: Mary Beard FSA (who fronts two programmes), David Olusoga (two) and Simon Schama (five). The series can be watched on iPlayer.
Will Gompertz, BBC News’ Arts Editor, caught the critical mood in a review less subtle than most. The appended S, he suggested, ‘opened up the tantalising possibility of producing a new TV series that didn't simply match its singular predecessor, but was much better.’ But it invited unhelpful comparisons. ‘For all its faults (partial, dogmatic, occasionally dismissive), the Kenneth Clark written and presented originals had a clarity, structure, and coherent argument that made them fascinating to watch and easy to follow.’ By contrast, Civilisations consists of ‘patchwork programmes with rambling narratives that promise much but deliver little in way of fresh insight or surprising connections.’ He found Mary Beard's first episode, ‘How Do We Look’, ‘particularly disappointing because the premise is so enticing, as is the prospect of one of our foremost thinkers on matters cultural giving us a new perspective… [But] we are offered little to excite our imaginations.’
In an editorial The Burlington Magazine, edited by Michael Hall FSA, said that ‘Beard in particular seems dubious about the very idea of civilisation.’ ‘The new series,’ it concluded, ‘deliberately replaces confidence about the importance of art with a form of cultural relativism. That will surely be a disappointment to most of its audience, and not just those who recall Clark’s eloquently persuasive certainties.’
‘I was encouraged to write a letter to the Times’, blogged Charles Saumarez Smith FSA, ‘commenting on an article which implied that the new, multi-part series on Civilisations was a sad letdown from the cultural authority and certainty expressed by Kenneth Clark in the original.’ But nothing had then been broadcast, and he refused to comment. After watching the first programme (presented by Schama), he blogged that it was ‘wholly admirable: extraordinarily wide-ranging (I don’t think I have been to a single one of the places filmed), beautifully filmed and delivered with appropriately intelligent and avuncular authority by Simon Schama. So, I disagree with the many people who have been disparaging about it.’
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Eric Gibson described the presenters as more ‘upscale tour leaders than teachers,’ who ‘nearly always’ depict Europeans as ‘racists, conquerors, looters, slave owners, colonialists and originators of the lurid “male gaze” in art.’ The headline dubbed the series ‘anodyne’. Responding on Twitter, Beard noted that the American programmes had been heavily edited by PBS, as a result of which she and the other presenters, and their narratives, were less prominent than in the BBC originals, while an actor (Liev Schreiber) was brought in to read a narration.
‘If you’re going to say,’ Attenborough told John Wilson on Radio 4, ‘I’m going to survey all the great civilisations of the world, and I’m going to pick out common elements in them and hope that one will illuminate the other, that’s a very exciting and ambitious thing to do, but it’s very hard.’
What did other Fellows think?
• On 19 April the Voice of the Listener and Viewer Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting 2018 announced that Beard had won the Naomi Sargeant Award, for contributions to the field of education.
Fellows (and Friends)
William Drummond FSA,
art dealer, died in April.
An appreciation appears in Fellows Remembered below. The section also contains further notices on the late Gordon Forster FSA
, the late John Warren FSA
and the late Vera Evison FSA
‘It looks as though our “blue paper” was not legible,’ writes Edmund King FSA
’s ‘nice appreciation
’ of Peter Gordon FSA
, ‘as his date of birth was 4 November 1927’. I had written 1924 (the blue paper is blank on the matter). We do not know the date of his death.
The Wiltshire Museum in Devizes has dedicated its latest exhibition to the memory of Paul Robinson FSA
(left), who died last year
. Telling Wiltshire's Story: 30 Years Of Support from Art Fund
(12 May to 24 June) features ‘an eclectic mix of art and artefacts such as depictions of Wiltshire landmarks and landscapes, a Roman coin hoard, a collection of Medieval floor tiles and a set of 19th century Druid medals.’ Highlights include works by Henry Moore, John Piper, David Inshaw, Robin Tanner and Anthony Vandyke Copley-Fielding. Stonehenge is well represented. The coins (gold and silver) are in the Stanchester Hoard, discovered in 2000 by a schoolboy from Marlborough, exhibited with the newly reconstructed pot in which they were found.
Anna Somers Cocks FSA
talks entertainingly about a career of experiences in the art world, and the forces operating on contemporary collecting, in a recording made at Art Talks London under the heading Women in the Art World
(The Art Newspaper
, 18 April). Topics include whether our institutions should accept money from the Sacklers, counting private jets arriving at Art Basel Miami, Nick Serota wondering in 1991 if anyone wanted to see contemporary art, and advice to her audience: keep your accounts under control, don't work too hard, and enjoy your family.
Jeremy Montagu FSA
has added the conch to the musical instruments considered in his remarkable series of studies. The Conch Horn
is published on Montagu’s website as a free PDF download
. ‘One day’, he tells Salon
, ‘it might appear as a print-on-demand book, but not yet anyway, so for the moment it can only be read on screen (it’s a bit long to print off, but anyone is welcome to do so). It covers conchs from Palaeolithic (only one known!) through Neolithic to modern times worldwide.’ The Conch Horn
is a substantial publication, with 29 good colour photos, a 12-page bibliography and an index. Chapters cover Europe and around the Mediterranean, Africa and nearby, the Indian Sub-Continent, South-East Asia and the Orient, Oceania and the Americas. ‘The most practicable way to establish [the length of its interior helix] is simply to blow the conch,’ writes Montagu, ‘measure its pitch, and then to compare that pitch with the known lengths of our orchestral instruments… This method would be forbidden in most museums today, but I am free to do it with my own conchs, and museums were not so fussy about such things back in the 1950s and ’60s when I first started researching these and other instruments.’
David Adshead FSA
is serving as Interim Secretary to the Georgian Group from April until the end of September 2018, while the amenity society’s Secretary David McKinstry is on sick leave. Adshead can be contacted email@example.com
It was the birthday of the Society’s President on 19 April, a moment recorded by the Times
. The paper further honoured Gill Andrews FSA
with a baronetcy, promoting her to join Kay Andrews FSA
, Baroness Andrews of Southover and former Chair of English Heritage. You can’t have too many.
Stonehenge and its landscape has been judged by the Reverend David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, to be one of ten ‘Faith and Belief places’ for A History of England in 100 Places. Organised by Historic England, the scheme invites the public to propose places for different categories, which are then winnowed down by invited judges. Other faith places include Greensted Church in Essex, which has late Anglo-Saxon timber walls, and the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick, near Birmingham, built in the 1990s and housing one of the largest Sikh congregations in the UK. ‘These ten places,’ said Duncan Wilson FSA
, Chief Executive of Historic England, in a statement
, ‘show how England has a long history of people from different faiths leaving their mark in a legacy of special buildings and places which still make a strong spiritual connection today.’
Two Fellows featured in Sacred Spaces
, an episode of Radio 4’s Beyond Belief
(23 April). Robert Beckford led a discussion about sacred spaces, ‘from a beach, mountain top or sports ground to the grandest sacred spaces created by the world's religions’. Jon Cannon FSA
(author of The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces
, 2013) said his favourite such space was Inglesham church in Wiltshire [in whose restoration William Morris FSA
had a hand; photo left from Wikipedia
], delicately layered with the accumulated deep feelings of generations. Beckford cut an interview into the show with Simon Jenkins FSA
(author of England's Thousand Best Churches
, 1999, and England's Cathedrals
, 2016). A church offers an experience comparable to that of going to a great opera or symphony concert, says Jenkins, an atheist: ‘A really good museum does it for me.’ Cannon hopes for a future in which ‘The potential of that multifariousness of voice about the divine [within Britain] could be heard and fulfilled.’
Gail Boyle FSA
has been appointed a Trustee to the Treasure Valuation Committee. The Committee recommends valuations to the Secretary of State of items deemed Treasure under the Treasure Act, drawing on the advice of independent experts. Senior Curator at Bristol City Museum and Chair of the Society of Museum Archaeologists, Boyle tells Salon
that she will be representing museums. ‘This will be a new challenge’, she says, ‘and one that I am very much looking forward to.’ She will join, among others, Colin Renfrew FSA, Marian Campbell FSA
and Roger Bland FSA
Herbert R Broderick FSA
writes to say that his Moses the Egyptian in the Illustrated Old English Hexateuch (London, British Library, Cotton MS Claudius B.iv)
was published last year. He argues that motifs in the famous illuminated 11th-century manuscript, in particular an image of the horned Moses, have a Hellenistic Egyptian origin. The visual construct of Moses may have been based on a Late Antique prototype, no longer extant, influenced by works of Hellenistic Egyptian Jewish exegetes, who ascribed to Moses the characteristics of an Egyptian-Hellenistic king, military commander, priest, prophet, and scribe. These Jewish writings were used in turn by early Christian apologists such as Clement of Alexandria and Eusebius of Caesarea. The analysis ranges widely across religious divides, art-historical religious themes, and classical and early Jewish and Christian sources. ‘This is a fascinating, innovative, thoughtful, and thought-provoking work,’ says Michelle Brown FSA
on the back cover.
An exhibition featuring highlights of the FRAGSUS project
(full name, Fragility and Sustainability in Restricted Island Environments: Adaptation, Cultural Change and Collapse in Prehistory) can be seen at the National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta, Malta, until 15 June. Concluding after five years, this ERC-funded project involved Queens University Belfast (Principal Investigator Caroline Malone FSA –
showing visitors an excavation, right – with Michelle Farrell FSA
and Rowan McLaughlin FSA
), and the universities of Cambridge (Simon Stoddart FSA
), Malta (Anthony Bonanno FSA, Reuben Grima FSA
and Nicholas Vella FSA
), Liverpool John Moores (Christopher Hunt FSA
) and Plymouth (Nicki Whitehouse FSA
). The project explored the rise and fall of island civilisations, focusing on the contexts of change, adaptation, sustainability and collapse.
The opening sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey
, says Chris Stringer FSA
, does not ‘reflect current thinking’. A group of half-human apes are turned into aggressive fighters by a mysterious monolith, an idea of what drove early human evolution (aggression, not aliens) derived from anthropologist Raymond Dart and popularised by Richard Ardrey. ‘Bones may have been used as tools,’ Stringer tells Robin McKie in the Observer
(15 April), ‘but for digging for roots and insects – not as clubs. That said, 2001 is still one of my favourite films – dazzling and mystifying in equal measure.’ The film was released 50 years ago this April. Did it inspire any Fellow to enter archaeology? • The poster can be bought from Pamono
($2,010 + delivery – it’s signed by Gary Lockwood, who played Frank Poole in the film)
Christopher Evans FSA
, Executive Director, Cambridge Archaeological Unit, University of Cambridge, writes about a major 1960s excavation at Mucking, Essex, in the latest Historic England Research
online magazine. Dug with barely a day off between 1965 and 1978 by Margaret Jones FSA
and her husband Tom Jones, Mucking was a monster that awaited publication after the Jones’ deaths. The huge area excavated and the immense number of finds having already defeated other teams, analysis was finally completed with striking success under Evans’ leadership and the publication of two monographs in 2016. The work ‘took some eight years,’ writes Evans, ‘and was both a daunting challenge and a great privilege.’ • A bequest left by Margaret established the Society’s Margaret and Tom Jones Award
, to support archaeological fieldwork and research.
Also in the above edition of Historic England Research
is a piece by Marcus Jecock FSA
and Sally Evans, about an ancient hilltop enclosure on Warton Crag, Lancashire. Traditionally said to be an Iron Age hillfort, three arcs of ruined stone walls emerged from beneath tree and scrub cover after detailed aerial mapping using specially commissioned lidar imagery as something different: Bronze Age stock pens. Barney Sloane FSA introduces
the magazine, noting the retirement of Steve Trow FSA
, ‘a long standing member of Historic England and Director of Research, under whose watch many of these projects happened.’
The Rev Robin Griffith-Jones FSA
and Eric Fernie FSA
and have edited Tomb & Temple: Re-imagining the Sacred Buildings of Jerusalem
. Richly illustrated essays do justice to Jerusalem’s evocative architecture, from the Sepulchre itself, the Dome of the Rock and the later depiction and significance of the Jewish Temple, to the links between Jerusalem and Byzantium, the Caucasus, Russia and Ethiopia. Chapters on Charlemagne's chapel at Aachen, the role of military orders in spreading the form of the Sepulchre, a gazetteer of English rounds, and studies of London's New Temple bring northern Europe into focus. Contributors include Alan Borg FSA
, Cecily Hennessy FSA
, Philip J Lankester FSA
, Robin Milner-Gulland FSA, David W Phillipson FSA
and Denys Pringle FSA,
as well as Fernie and Griffith-Jones.
Charlotte Higgins FSA
has interviewed Hartwig Fischer FSA
, director of the British Museum, for the Guardian
(13 April). It’s two years since Fischer succeeded Neil MacGregor FSA
, and he's planning ‘a major renovation project that will culminate in a complete redisplay of [the museum’s] galleries.’ Higgins jokes that this ‘can’t be as big as the Palace of Westminster’s renovation, which will cost at least £3.5bn,’ to which Fischer replies ‘that the museum has more rooms than parliament – 3,000 versus 1,100 – and that the state of the essential services, such as electricity, gas and water are in dire need of repair, just as they are at Westminster. He has in mind something as grand and decisive as the “projet grand
” Louvre.’ Commenting on the interview in the Times
(20 April), Richard Morrison, congratulating Tate for a new scheme to offer exhibition discounts to 16–25 year olds, expresses ‘incredulity’ that Fischer ‘utters not a word about the crisis in arts education, let alone the potentially catastrophic consequences it might have for his august institution… Yet unless that challenge [of engaging teenagers and young adults] is placed at the heart of the British Museum’s thinking the place will become hopelessly and indefensibly irrelevant within a generation.’
Writing in the Observer
(22 April), Fiona Maddocks is wowed by the British Museum’s inaugural music festival, Europe and the World
, curated by Daniel Kühnel, Intendant of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. It opened with Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen
among the Parthenon sculptures, and continues in different galleries with Spanish flamenco, Japanese spiritual music, Chinese Kunqu Opera, Cage and Stockhausen. Happening to be in the Great Court on Saturday, I thought I’d join the audience in the Reading Room for a performance of Ligeti’s Poème Symphonique
: but the free tickets had all gone. The series ends back in the Reading Room on 29 April (Bartók, Toshio Hosokawa and Luigi Nono). Did any Fellows attend? What do you think of music in museums?
Also free at the BM (until 15 July) is Charmed Lives in Greece
, featuring the work, lives and houses of artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. David Attenborough FSA
, an early collector of Craxton’s luminous paintings, talked to John Wilson on Radio 4’s Front Row
in March. ‘He had a great feeling for prehistory,’ said Attenborough. His early drawings show ‘mythic animals, rather frightening personifications of the landscape. When he got to Greece, and he started bringing these vibrant, thrilling colours in pictures, then it got really exciting.’ He knew how to live, and eat and drink, says Attenborough, remembering ‘lovely evenings in harbour cafes in Chania’.
‘Every book tells a story,’ says Cristina Dondi FSA
, ‘but a story that goes beyond the words written in it. It is about the people who used it, and their notations, and the drawings they left in the margins.’ Dondi is speaking in a promotional video
for an exhibition in Venice called Printing Revolution: 1450–1500, Fifty Years that Changed E
urope (at the Correr Museum 1 September – 7 January 2019). It will feature the work of 360 European and American libraries and 140 editors who contributed to the 15cBOOKTRADE Project at the University of Oxford (2014–2019), of which Dondi is Principal Investigator. ‘If a book tells a story,’ she adds, ‘thousands of books make history.’
Oliver Impey FSA
and Arthur MacGregor FSA
edited The Origins of Museums: The Cabinet of Curiosities in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Europe
(1985). It was, writes MacGregor, reprinted twice by Oxford University Press then deleted, ‘since which time I've been trying to get it reprinted; an unsatisfactory edition appeared in 2001, with the pagination and images changed, but perhaps fortunately the print-on-demand publisher went bust almost immediately.’ It has now been reprinted in an edition which reproduces the text of the original edition page for page, with colour plates where appropriate instead of the original’s black and white. ‘It seems still to be regarded as the standard book on the subject,’ adds MacGregor, ‘and has been fetching staggeringly high prices on the second-hand market hitherto.’
Maev Kennedy FSA
was one of Tom Sutcliffe's guests in Radio 4’s Saturday Review
on 21 April. They talked about Let The Sunshine In
(a French film starring Juliette Binoche), Tina
(a West End musical), Happiness
(a novel by Aminatta Forna), Marina Amaral’s work colourising older monochrome photos, and BBC TV's series adaptation of Wilkie Collins' The Woman In White
. Kennedy was not impressed by Tina
, nor Let The Sunshine In
(‘dreadful’), and colourising Auschwitz photos was ‘troubling’. But she enjoyed Happiness
and The Woman In White
(was any other Fellow impressed with the costumes and the variety of carriages?).
Caroline Dakers FSA
has written Fonthill Recovered: A Cultural History
. Drawing on histories of art and architecture, politics and economics, she explores the rich cultural history of this famous Wiltshire estate, where writer and collector William Beckford built his Gothic fantasy house – Fonthill Abbey – at the end of the 18th century with money from Jamaican sugar plantations. The collapse of the Abbey’s tower in 1825 made the name Fonthill a symbol for overarching ambition and folly. Fonthill is, however, much more than the story of one man’s excesses. The book traces the occupation of Fonthill from the Bronze Age to the 21st century. The wealth of some owners surpassed Beckford’s, and his Abbey is only one of several important houses to be built on the estate since the early 16th century, all of them eventually consumed by fire or deliberately demolished, and all oddly forgotten by historians. Published in May, the book will be available as a free download
In Bacchus Uncovered: Ancient God of Ecstasy, Bettany Hughes FSA
investigates Bacchus, ‘god of wine, revelry, theatre and excess, travelling to Georgia, Jordan, Greece and Britain to discover his origins and his presence in the modern world, and explore how “losing oneself” plays a vital role in the development of civilisation.’ She opens her story in the restored Temple of Mithras underneath the new Bloomberg HQ in London (‘in its final years’, she says, dedicated to Bacchus), and concludes with ‘the god's modern embrace in Nietzsche's philosophy, experimental theatre and the hedonistic hippie movement.’ The film can be watched on BBC iPlayer
until 29 April. The Times
gave it four stars, and the Financial Times
five (‘scholarly and enthusiastic’). Paul Cartledge FSA
was among Hughes' guests.
William Drummond FSA
died on 1 April aged 83. He was elected a Fellow of the Society in October 2004.
An obituary in the Times
(13 April) is headed, ‘Gently anarchic art dealer with a talent for sniffing out junk shop gems who employed a young Sarah Ferguson as his assistant.’ The paper’s photo (right) shows him at the Garrick Club.
The first such gem mentioned was a print which Drummond bought from a shilling box outside a shop on Kings Road, Chelsea in 1964. It was an impression of Goya’s El Coloso
, and after Drummond sold it he bought his first house with the proceeds.
Later he was able to prove that a ‘dirty little oil’ (cleaned up, below), bought from Bonham’s by his brother for £38 and by William from Nicholas for £150, was a view of Brightwell, Suffolk, painted by John Constable in 1815. Drummond exhibited the work at his Covent Garden Gallery in 1980. He 'is in no hurry to sell it,’ reported Geraldine Norman in the Times
(30 May), ‘but expects to do so when he finds the right client.’ That turned out to be the Tate Gallery
, which paid £110,000 (around half a million pounds today).
After National Service in the East Surrey Regiment, with a stint in the Suez Canal Zone, Drummond worked for a City insurance broker. ‘Lunch hours might be spent in mudlarking for clay pipes in the Thames at Queenhithe,’ says the Times
. ‘Later, even when besuited in the West End, he was a keen skip-diver, securing such diverse prizes as a pair of 18th-century candlesticks, and much-needed electric fans during heatwaves.’
He joined Sidney Sabin, a Cork Street picture dealer, in 1956. He opened the Covent Garden Gallery in 1976, since demolished during the rebuilding of the Royal Opera House.
‘Convivial to a fault,’ reports the Times
, ‘he was a member of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Burnham-on-Crouch as well as the Garrick, and was often to be found at that 18th-century throwback, the Academy Club in Soho. He was also a proud Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. As he succumbed to dementia, he continued to enjoy opera and sometimes expressed himself in French.’
55:1 (2018), contains an obituary by Simon J D Green FSA
of Gordon Forster FSA
, who died in July last year
Forster was associated with the School of History at the University of Leeds for more than 65 years, says Green – as a graduate student, attached to Tawney’s seminar in the Institute for Historical Research, then as a Research Fellow in Sheffield, from his admission to read for what was then the ordinary BA degree, to his eventual election as Chairman of the School. ‘Many might now consider that something akin to a life sentence,’ says Green, but ‘Gordon was both sufficiently fortunate in his timing, and properly grateful by disposition, to regard it as a privilege. He had a vocation for scholarship and teaching. But he did not presume that the world owed him a living. An academic career then afforded opportunities that would not otherwise have come his way. He resolved to make the best of them. By and large, he succeeded.’
Nobody noticed, adds Green, when ‘Gordon formally retired from his post at the School in 1993. He retained sole responsibility for Northern History
until 1997, and was jointly in charge of the journal until the issue but last. He continued to teach in the School’s several MA programmes and to supervise postgraduate students for years – actually decades – afterwards. These services he furnished unpaid.’
Philip Warren has written in the Guardian
(23 April) about his father, John Warren FSA
, who died in January
John ‘relished the challenge of bringing both a practical architect’s eye to understanding and decoding important buildings,’ says Philip, ‘and a historical literacy to their conservation.’
‘He fought the destruction of historic buildings in the wholesale redevelopments that were common in Britain in the 1960s and 70s, and was responsible for saving many of them. He was involved in the creation of the Weald and Downland Living Museum of historic buildings and the Amberley Museum of industrial history in West Sussex, and carried out building conversions for the Landmark Trust.
‘His interests included industrial history, growing fruit and the contemplative purposefulness of the Quakers. A skilled artist, he had work displayed at several Royal Academy summer exhibitions.’
Reading my piece about Vera Evison FSA
, who died in March
aged 100, Julian Munby FSA
was ‘amused to be reminded of a fine archaeological vendetta!’:
'The report on the supposedly controversial views of the late Vera Evison and the review comments by Sonia Chadwick Hawkes FSA
on her “very curious state of mind” take me back to the Oxford lecture room in the 1960s. By some chance as an errant Oxford schoolboy I managed to hear not only the Dark Age history lectures by our late President Nowell Myres FSA
, but also a complete series by Sonia Hawkes on Dark Age archaeology (this was an achievement, as famously these later became somewhat intermittent). A recurrent (indeed almost obsessive) theme of these lectures was the “curious state of mind” of Vera Evison, puzzling to the uninitiated, but of course it rather led one to the speculation that the reverse might equally be the case.'
Lynne Keys FSA
reports that Evison ‘had left instructions concerning her funeral service (beautiful), and was accompanied in death by a dark blue glass beaker (which I would have given my eye teeth to have had a closer look at) mounted on her woven casket; she was despatched to her cremation to the tune of Wagner's Magic Fire Music
from Die Walküre
. What more fitting farewell for one with her life story and areas of archaeological interest?’
Valerie Cooper (Evison’s long-time research assistant) later told Keys that the glass beaker had to be removed before cremation, ‘owing to health and safety rules prohibiting glass (probably originally intended to deal with closed bottles of alcohol which would explode during cremation). Valerie says the beaker was made either by Vera or her older sister, Hilda, who was keen on making glass objects and from/with whom Vera learnt so much by practical experimentation. The beaker is now back at Vera's old home.’
• Hawkes’ view that Evison suffered from ‘Frankophilia’ is taken up below in The Wisdom of Fellows
The Wisdom of Fellows
Ian Riddler FSA ‘was very taken by the idea that the late (and sadly missed) Vera Evison FSA was chastised for her “Frankophilia”’ (see Fellows Remembered, above).
‘In a world that nowadays is far too dominated by “Scandomania”’, he writes, ‘it is a refreshing change to be Frankophilic, and I own up wholeheartedly to being a Frankophile. I am not at all ashamed to be a Frankophile and I know I am not the only one. Accordingly, I suggest that we found AFA, the Association of Frankophile Archaeologists, in memory of Vera’s work and particularly her Dover Buckland publication, an important part of her impressive and enduring legacy. Let us all celebrate being Frankophiles!
‘French and Belgian archaeology is in good health, with a new generation of young archaeologists coming through and building on the foundations laid by older scholars. For my part I should let fellow Frankophiles know that there is already a place for them to express themselves. I’m currently helping with a series of Cahiers, essentially an online publication of object studies, now jointly edited in English and French (with 25 produced so far) and ranging from Quoit Brooch Style brooches to effigies of Napoleon on clay pipes, available online. The perfect place for Frankophiles to lay down their thoughts…’
Riddler attached this ‘unashamedly Frankophilic image [left], a radiate brooch from a grave within an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Norfolk. I do hope that it will start the boule rolling…’
Lynne Keys FSA would join Riddler’s group.
‘I'm afraid I, too,’ she writes, ‘must confess to being a bit of a Francophile. It was mentioned at the drinks-and-food get together after Vera's very moving and fitting funeral, by at least one other person present, that she thought Vera Evison's Fifth Century Invasions South of the Thames, and some of her references elsewhere, did contain ideas still relevant to material and sites being found or explored today. A short discussion on Frankish material in England ensued. I expect that person also may soon seek admittance to any Francophile group the Antiquaries may set up.’
Sue Harrington FSA has a further idea:
‘Whilst musing at the after funeral gathering about a fitting tribute to Vera Evison's work, could I now suggest something along the lines of an annual SAL lecture in her name devoted to Cross-Channel Contacts (this would also pay tribute to Martin Welch's work too). Failing that a more informal contact /discussion group would be really useful too.’
The photo (right) shows more after-funeral musing. On the left (from front to back) Justine Bayley FSA, Catherine Hills FSA, Diana Briscoe FSA, Valerie Cooper and Jo Jones, and (right, back to front) Veronica Cowdrey, Kathy Haynes, Martin Biddle FSA, Sue Harrington FSA and Lynne Keys FSA.
‘Could there be some kind of conflict of interest,’ writes Brendan O'Connor FSA, ‘in your coverage of the university pensions dispute? The Universities Superannuation Scheme covers various non-university institutions, among which appears to be the Society of Antiquaries of London (search for “London” on the USS website).’ Salon has avoided commenting on the strikes, but Fellows are welcome to share their personal views.
Gifts to the Library
The Society is very grateful to the donors of the following books, given to the Library by Fellows in 2017. These books are, or will shortly be, available in the Library, with full records on the online catalogue.
From Barry Ager, FSA,
From the author, Mark S. Anderson, FSA, Marothodi: the historical archaeology of an African capital (2013)
- Under the sludge: Beddington Roman villa by Lesley Adkins and Roy A. Adkins (1986)
- The Viking ships in Oslo by Thorleif Sjovold (1985)
From the author, Ann Benson, FSA, Troy House: a Tudor estate across time (2017)
From Peter Berg and Mary Berg, FSA, Michael Dahl and the contemporary Swedish school of painting in England by Wilhelm Nisser (1927)
From the editor, David Bird, FSA, Agriculture and industry in south-eastern Roman Britain (2017)
From the co-editor, Michael Carter, FSA, Writing Britain's ruins (2017)
From Andrew Chapman, FSA,
From John Cherry, FSA,
- The history and archaeology of Cathedral Square Peterborough by Stephen Morris (2017)
- Iron age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlement along the Empingham to Hannington pipeline in Northamptonshire and Rutland by Simon Carlyle, Jason Clarke and Andy Chapman (2017)
- Bronze age monuments and Bronze age, Iron age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon landscapes at Cambridge Road, Bedford by Andy Chapman and Pat Chapman (2017)
From the author, Anne Crawford, FSA, The vicars of Wells: a history of the College of Vicars Chapel (2016)
- Buckfast Abbey: history, art and architecture edited by Peter Beacham (2017)
- Artus in gold by Joanna Muhlemann (2013)
From John Cruse, FSA, Written in stone: papers on the function, form, and provenancing of prehistoric stone objects in memory of Fiona Roe edited by Ruth Shaffey (2017)
From the editor, Michael A. Faraday, FSA Shropshire taxes in the reign of Henry VIII (2015)
From the authors, Brian Gittos, FSA, and Moira Gittos, FSA, The tomb of Blanche Mortimer, Lady Grandisson, St Barthologmew's Church, Much Marcle (2017)
From the author, Christopher M. Green, FSA, The old town hall, St Albans (2017)
From the author, Mark Hassall, FSA, Roman Britain: the frontier province (2017)
From the editor, Paul Holden, FSA, New research on Cornish architecture: Celebrating Pevsner (2017)
From the author, Laurence Keen, FSA, Westminster Abbey: the Chapter-house decorated floor-tiles (2016)
From the author, Christopher Kitching, FSA, A passion for records: Walter Rye (1843-1929): topographer, sportsman and Norfolk’s champion (2018)
From the editor, Squire Gerard de Lisle, FSA, The history of our ancestors: genealogical tree of the Lisles and their descendants, 1680-1880 (2016)
From the author, Malcolm Lyne, FSA, The archaeological activities of James Douglas in Sussex between 1809 and 1819 (2017)
From J. V. S. Megaw, FSA, Evolution des societes gauloises du second age du Fer, entre mutations internes et influences externes by Geertrui Blancquaert and Francois Malrain, Revue archéologique de Picardie, no.spécial 30 (2016)
From the author, Mark Merrony, FSA, The plight of Rome in the fifth century AD (2017)
From Stephen Parry, FSA,
From the author, Anna Marie Roos, FSA, Taking Newton on tour: the scientific travels of Martin Folkes, 1733-1735 from British Journal for the History of Science (2017)
- The archaeology of Kenilworth Castle's Elizabethan garden: excavation and investigation 2004-2008 by Brian Dix, Stephen Parry and Claire Finn (2017)
- Coventry's medieval suburbs: excavations at Hill Street, Upper Well Street and Far Gosford Street 2003-2007 by Paul Mason, Danny McAcree, Iain Soden (2017)
From the author, Miles Russell, FSA,
From the author, William Vaughan, FSA, An accurate map of ye mannor of Castle Cary (2017)
- Arthur and the kings of Britain (2017)
- Hillforts and the Durotriges: a geophysical survey of Iron Age Dorset (2017)
From Jeremy Warren, FSA, Aguntum und Lavant by Wilhelm Alzinger (1974)
From Robert Waterhouse, FSA, and the Sociéte Jersiaise, Les Minquiers: a natural history by Paul Chambers, Francis Binney and Gareth Jeffreys (2016)
From Robert Weaver, FSA, The Italian manuscripts in the library of Major J. R. Abbey by J. J. G. Alexander and A. C. de la Mare (1969)
From the author, Alan Wilkins, FSA, Roman imperial artillery: outranging the enemies of the empire (2017)
Forthcoming Events for Fellows
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Ordinary Meetings of Fellows
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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.
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Forthcoming Public Events
Conferences and Seminars
Public Lectures are held from 13.00 to 14.00 on Tuesdays, with advance booking advised to be sure of a place.
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Regional Fellows Groups
South West Fellows
Further information on talks at Exeter can be found here.
- 15 May 2018: "Lapis Lazuli from the kiln; iconography and analysis" - Andrew Shortland FSA; followed by "Reconstructing trajectories in ceramic mass production in Punic and Roman North Africa", by Dennis Braekmans.
- 17 May 2018: The Archaeology of Early Mediaeval Floodplains in the Czech Republic: Methods and Discoveries by Jiří Macháček.
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- 23 June 2018: 'Neath Abbey and the Ironworks' - a one day visit, led by Bill Zajac FSA with David Robinson FSA also in attendance at the Abbey. Lunch will be in-between visits at the Miners Arms.
- July (Date TBC): An opportunity to visit the new excavations at Cosmeston by John Hinds FSA
- 19 October 2018: Weekend visit to the Hereford area, staying in the Three Counties Hotel in Hereford and visiting places of historical and archaeological interest in the area.
- 18 January 2019: The Davies Family of Llandinam with its Burry Dock connection, by David Jenkins FSA
- 11-13 October 2019: Weekend visit to the Pembrokeshire area. Programme to be arranged.
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- 26 June 2018: 'Writing Yorkshire' by Professor Richard Morris - discussing his recent highly acclaimed book Yorkshire. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to attend.
- 29 November 2018: 'Surveying Shakespeare's Guildhall: a public building in pre-modern England' (Out of London Ordinary Meeting of Fellows, held in York). Find out more online.
Other Forthcoming Heritage Events
24 April: English Romanesque Sculpture in its Architectural Context (London)
Malcolm Thurlby FSA will give the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain & Ireland Annual Lecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He will consider English Romanesque sculpture in the context of its architectural matrix, focusing on specific carved elements such as portals, tympana, capitals and figural reliefs, and demonstrating the fundamental importance of forensic visual analysis to our understanding of a Romanesque building and its ornament, most notably where documentary information is lacking. Such material evidence will be seen to support proposed dating sequences at monuments at the cathedrals of Worcester, Hereford and Ely and the abbey at Malmesbury, and at lesser churches such as Knook in Wiltshire, Leigh in Worcestershire, Milborne Port in Somerset, and Kirkburn in Yorkshire. Details online.
26 April: Marginalised Pasts: Jews and Muslims in the History of Europe (London)
It has been said that European history’s notion of Europe – its borders, values, civilisation and nationalities – is structured by Christianity and its secular legacies. This lecture at the British Academy by Abigail Green asks how thinking about the place of Jews and Muslims within the history of Europe transforms our understanding of the interface between Europe and the world, and challenges our understanding of what ‘Europe’ might mean. Details online.
28 April: Ancient to Modern: The Changing Landscape of Sussex (Lewes)
A day conference offering a broad overview of the changing relationship between the Sussex landscape and the people who lived there, from the earliest arrivals. The emphasis will be on how new ideas resulted in significant changes in the use of the Sussex landscape. Speakers, specialists in their periods, include Sue Berry FSA, John Manley FSA, David Martin FSA and Matt Pope FSA. Details online.
30 April: Collecting Rembrandt’s Art in Britain (London)
In the bicentenary of Richard Wallace’s birth, the Wallace Collection is focusing on collecting in London and Paris in the later 19th century. In a series of Monday History of Collecting Seminars organised by Suzanne Higgott FSA, C Tico Seifert (Senior Curator, Northern European Art, Scottish National Gallery) will speak about Rembrandt. Details online.
30 April–1 May: 450 Years Pioneering Catholic Education: Past, Present, Future (Durham)
Ushaw College with the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University are celebrating the 450th anniversary of the founding of the English College at Douai with a special anniversary conference. Speakers include Eamon Duffy FSA and Rev Nicholas Schofield FSA. Details online.
1 May: Public Commemoration and Women’s History (London)
How are women remembered, commemorated and celebrated in public? How is this different from historical commemorations of men? What forms do these commemorations take? Why do public commemorations of women provoke such debate, and what are the legacies of these public memorials? Our cities, towns and streets are rich with memorials and monuments dedicated to the achievements and lives of men, but women are significantly unrepresented in our public acts of commemoration. At this special panel discussion at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, such issues will be considered by feminist activists and scholars. Details online.
4 May: Stratigraphic Analysis in Archaeology (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This is for those familiar with excavation and stratigraphic recording, looking to develop post-excavation skills in analysis, dating, interpretation and description. Details online.
5 May: Roman and Saxon Surrey (Ashtead)
The Surrey Archaeological Society’s major conference focuses on the period AD410–470, under the title Shining a Light on the 5th Century AD in Surrey and the South-East: How did Roman Britain Become Saxon England? ‘We feel that (historic) Surrey and adjoining counties ought to be a key area for understanding the transition from Roman to Saxon', writes David Bird FSA, 'but we are faced with the problem of having very little archaeological evidence for the period.’ Speakers include Peter Guest FSA, Sam Lucy FSA, Helena Hamerow FSA and John Hines FSA. Details online.
8 May: ‘Mysteries’ Demystified: The Making and Meaning of the Lambeth Articles (1595) (London)
Nicholas Tyacke FSA, whose books include Altars Restored: The Changing Face of English Religious Worship 1547–c 1700, will talk at the Lambeth Palace Library in association with the University of London seminar on the Religious History of Britain 1500–1800. Details online, or email email@example.com.
9 May: Re-opening the Workshop: Medieval to Early Modern (London)
Adam Lowe (Factum Arte, Madrid) talks about Mediation and Transformation | Alchemy and New Technology: Factum Arte’s workshop practice in an age of 3D recording and printing, in a lecture series at the Warburg Institute organised by Joanne Anderson and Eckart Marchand. The overall aim is to speak to an interdisciplinary audience interested in issues such as agency and the commission, production and the use of art works and objects in the widest possible sense, as well as those attuned to the theoretical implications these issues have for visual and material culture of all ages. Details online.
9–10 May: The Setting of Heritage Assets and Places (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. In the context of official guidance and wide-ranging experience of practical casework, this explains why the setting of historic places matters, and the principles and practical skills of sound assessment and decision-making. Course Director George Lambrick FSA, with Stephen Carter, Ian Houlston, Richard Morrice FSA, Julian Munby FSA, Michael Pirie, Ken Smith FSA, Karin Taylor and David Woolley QC. Details online.
11–13 May: English Architecture 1690-1750: To Be or Not To Be Palladian (Oxford)
A weekend at Rewley House exploring the other traditions – among them different varieties of Classical architecture, Baroque and Gothic – which continued alongside those of the Palladian revolution, with a walk to relevant buildings in central Oxford. Speakers include Peter Lindfield FSA and Geoffrey Tyack FSA is Course Director. Details online.
16 May: Re-opening the Workshop: Medieval to Early Modern (London)
Glyn Davies FSA (Museum of London) talks about Order from Chaos? Trying to Make Sense of Medieval Art Workshops, in a lecture series at the Warburg Institute organised by Joanne Anderson and Eckart Marchand. The overall aim is to speak to an interdisciplinary audience interested in issues such as agency and the commission, production and the use of art works and objects in the widest possible sense, as well as those attuned to the theoretical implications these issues have for visual and material culture of all ages. Details online.
17 May: A Life on the Road: the Exploits and Adventures of the 17th-Century Ottoman Traveller, Evliya Çelebi (London)
A British Institute at Ankara lecture by Caroline Finkel (Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh) at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace. In 1640, aged 29, the Ottoman courtier Evliya Çelebi left Istanbul for the first time, to visit Bursa. He spent the rest of his life journeying to the ends of the sultan’s domains and beyond, from Vienna to the Sea of Azov to far up the Nile, and wrote in detail of his experiences. His informative, entertaining and often fantastical Seyahatname or Book of Travels is considered the longest travel account in world literature. Details online.
17 May: Project Management in Archaeology: an Introduction (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This is designed for those new to project management and will draw on the extensive experience of the tutors in development-led archaeology. Details online.
21 May: The Circulation of Gifts from the 1875–76 Tour of India (London)
In the bicentenary of Richard Wallace’s birth, the Wallace Collection is focusing on collecting in London and Paris in the later 19th century. In a series of Monday History of Collecting Seminars organised by Suzanne Higgott FSA, Kajal Meghani (Exhibition Assistant Curator, Royal Collection Trust) will speak on 'The Prince of Wales' Indian Collection': the circulation of gifts from the 1875-6 tour of India. Details online.
5 June: New Perspectives on Seventeenth-Century Libraries (London)
This event at Lambeth Palace Library will showcase some recent research on library formation, public and private, in the 17th century. Three short talks, among them Jacqueline Glomski FSA on ‘Religion and Libraries in the Seventeenth Century’, will deal with patterns of book selection and acquisition as revealed by individual practice and in 17th-century theoretical writing on bibliography. The presentations will discuss the potential for research and the application of digital methods. In association with the University of London research seminar on the History of Libraries. Details online, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 June: Delivering Public Benefit through Archaeology (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This looks at planning projects to deliver public benefit, how to communicate that benefit, and how to evaluate the impact. It is designed for those responsible for commissioning, specifying and/or delivering programmes of work that aim to deliver public benefit. Details online.
25 June: 'Sèvres-mania'? (London)
In the bicentenary of Richard Wallace’s birth, the Wallace Collection is focusing on collecting in London and Paris in the later 19th century. In a series of Monday History of Collecting Seminars organised by Suzanne Higgott FSA, Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth FSA (PhD Candidate and History of Art Tutor, University of Leeds) will speak about 'Sèvres-mania'? The History of Collecting Sèvres Porcelain in Britain in the Later 19th century. Details online.
27 June: Re-opening the Workshop: Medieval to Early Modern (London)
Therese Martin FSA (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid) talks about Re-opening the Treasury: Meaning in Materials at San Isidoro de León, in a lecture series at the Warburg Institute organised by Joanne Anderson and Eckart Marchand. The overall aim is to speak to an interdisciplinary audience interested in issues such as agency and the commission, production and the use of art works and objects, as well as those attuned to the theoretical implications these issues have for visual and material culture of all ages. Details online.
6 July: Churches: History, Significance and Use (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This provides a firm foundation of the history of church architecture and furnishings, and provides skills to draft statements of significance, aimed particularly at those actively involved in management of church buildings. Details online.
17–20 July: Performance, Ceremony and Display in Late Medieval Britain (Harlaxton)
The 2018 Harlaxton Medieval Symposium in Grantham, Lincolnshire, aims to explore many dimensions of performance. As well as talks on musical and dramatic performance, it will include papers on aspects of display and associated ceremonies and rituals, on oral performance in a variety of ecclesiastical and social contexts, and on the performative potential of spaces, and of manuscripts and other physical objects. Speakers include Clive Burgess FSA, Pamela King FSA, Nicholas Orme FSA, Matthew Payne FSA, Ellie Pridgeon FSA, Nigel Ramsay FSA and Anne F Sutton FSA. There will be an excursion to St Mary’s church, Higham Ferrers and to St Peter’s church at Raunds. Details online.
30 July: J C Robinson's Collection at Auction (London)
In the bicentenary of Richard Wallace’s birth, the Wallace Collection is focusing on collecting in London and Paris in the later 19th century. In a series of Monday History of Collecting Seminars organised by Suzanne Higgott FSA, Elizabeth Pergam (Lecturer, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, NY) will speak about Paris over London: Victorian Curator J C Robinson's Collection at Auction. Details online.
6–9 September: Recent Archaeological Research in the Channel Islands and nearby France (St Helier, Jersey)
Building on the successful Channel Islands History Conference of 2016, this event hosted by the Société Jersiaise Archaeology Section showcases the best and up-to-date archaeological research. Speakers include Chantel Conneller FSA, Barry Cunliffe FSA, Heather Sebire FSA and Robert Waterhouse FSA. On the fourth day, if there is sufficient interest, it is proposed to run two minibus trips to significant archaeological sites in Jersey. Details online.
11–15 September: Understanding Historic Buildings (Oxford)
Historic England is running a four-day course at St Anne’s College, which will teach key skills in building investigation, interpretation and recording. Tutors Adam Menuge FSA and Allan Adams FSA will demonstrate how to observe, analyse, hand-measure, draw and photograph historic buildings. Details online.
14-16 September: The Monuments of Hereford and Herefordshire (Hereford)
The Church Monuments Society Bi-Annual Symposium 2018 will be held at the Green Dragon Hotel opposite the cathedral. The focus will be on monuments in the cathedral and surrounding Herefordshire countryside, with an optional visit to the Cathedral’s Mappa Mundi, chained library and after evening dinner lecture on the Mappa Mundi. Speakers include Tobias Capwell FSA, Jerome Bertram FSA, Sally Badham FSA, Brian Gittos FSA and Moira Gittos FSA, David Lepine FSA, Jon Bayliss FSA, Holly Trusted FSA and Roger Bowdler FSA. Details online.
15 September: Deerhurst, Pershore and Westminster Abbey (Deerhurst)
The 2018 Annual Deerhurst Lecture will take place at 7.30 pm in St Mary's Church, Deerhurst and will be given by Richard Mortimer FSA (former archivist to Westminster Abbey). Details online.
19–20 September: Photographing Historic Buildings (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This is aimed at those who are not professional photographers but wish to photograph historic buildings for the record using a digital camera. By the end students will be expected to know how to choose viewpoint and lighting conditions, correctly set up cameras to capture suitable images and how to post-produce images in software ready for the archive. Details online.
24 September: The Sale of Sir Peter Lely's Paintings and Prints (London)
In the bicentenary of Richard Wallace’s birth, the Wallace Collection is focusing on collecting in London and Paris in the later 19th century. In a series of Monday History of Collecting Seminars organised by Suzanne Higgott FSA, Saskia van Altena (Cataloguer of prints, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) will speak on The Sale of Sir Peter Lely's Paintings and Prints: A Breaking Point in the History of Collecting in Britain? Details online.
26–28 September: Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This will introduce the process of significance, show what is involved in preparing significance assessments, teach you how to read and judge such assessments, and explore ways in which they can be used. Details online.
4 October: Post-Excavation Assessment in Practice (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This will introduce recent guidance, 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. Details online.
13 October: Castle Studies: Current Research and the Future (London)
A conference organised by the Castle Studies Group to be held at the Society of Antiquaries will honour Derek Renn FSA, author of Norman Castles in Britain (1969/1973), and launch a Festschrift, Castles: History, Archaeology, Landscape and Architecture, edited by Neil Guy FSA. Speakers include Oliver Creighton FSA, Bob Higham FSA, Brian Kerr FSA, Neil Ludlow FSA and Pamela Marshall FSA. For details contact John R Kenyon FSA, 140 Fairwater Grove East, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2JW, before 31 July.
24 October: Artefacts and Ecofacts in and out of the Field (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This will provide expert guidance on how key artefacts and ecofacts can contribute to interpretation of archaeological sites, and good practice in sampling and collection. The course is designed for supervisors, project officers and junior managers with responsibility for running excavations, and those new to specialist artefact and ecofact roles. Details online.
29 October: The Last Great Demidoff Sale of Paintings (London)
In the bicentenary of Richard Wallace’s birth, the Wallace Collection is focusing on collecting in London and Paris in the later 19th century. In a series of Monday History of Collecting Seminars organised by Suzanne Higgott FSA, Alexandre Tissot Demidoff (Independent scholar) will speak about the last great Demidoff sale. Details online.
30 October: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessments (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This 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). Details online.
15 November: Archaeological Writing for Publication (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This will introduce standard published reports produced by archaeologists, and how a report is planned. It will then focus on stratigraphic narrative and discussion, with a critical review of examples, to identify common mistakes and how to avoid them. We will also look at the special requirements of writing in a professional and academic context. Details online.
26 November: Sir William Holburne's Display Mounts (London)
In the bicentenary of Richard Wallace’s birth, the Wallace Collection is focusing on collecting in London and Paris in the later 19th century. In a series of Monday History of Collecting Seminars organised by Suzanne Higgott FSA, Catrin Jones (Curator of Decorative Arts, Holburne Museum, Bath) will speak on Piecing Together a Collection: Sir William Holburne's Display Mounts. Details online.
28–30 November: Public Inquiry Workshop (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This is a practical workshop designed to improve the performance of anyone who might be called to participate in a Public Inquiry concerned with the historic environment. A mock Public Inquiry will be mounted using a genuine case study, with training for potential witnesses. Details online.
6 December: Commissioning Archaeology (Oxford)
One of a series of short courses for the historic environment put on by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education at Rewley House. This is designed for non-archaeologists who need to work with archaeology within the design and construction process, including architects, surveyors, engineers and other design professionals, planners, and project managers and developers. Details online.
10 December: The Picture Collection of Stephen Alers Hankey (London)
In the bicentenary of Richard Wallace’s birth, the Wallace Collection is focusing on collecting in London and Paris in the later 19th century. In a series of Monday History of Collecting Seminars organised by Suzanne Higgott FSA, Robert Wenley (Deputy Director, Head of Collections, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham) will speak on ‘Rare and Most Magnificent’: The Picture Collection of Stephen Alers Hankey (1809-1878). Details online.
Call for Papers
14 July: Archaeology in Hertfordshire: Recent Research (Welwyn)
The Welwyn Archaeological Society and the Rhodes Museum, Bishops Stortford are pleased to announce the third recent research conference, to be held at the Museum. We are seeking 25-minute papers on all aspects of archaeology in Hertfordshire – very broadly defined – from prehistoric to post-Medieval, including updated work on older projects. If you would like to present at the conference, please send a short abstract to Kris Lockyear at email@example.com. Indicate if you would be willing to present a poster should your paper not be one of ten chosen. Details online.
15 September: Journal of the Decorative Arts Society 43 (2019)
The DAS journal for 2019 will celebrate cross-cultural influences between British and Continental European designers and makers of decorative art, as well as exchange with designers further afield. The Society’s remit is 1850 to the present, and typical journal articles take an object-focussed approach. The journal audience is knowledgeable and well-informed, but not necessarily academic. Authors are invited to submit proposals of around 750–1,000 words by 15 September 2018, for articles between around 2,500–6,000 words, plus notes, illustrations and captions. Send proposals to the Editor, Megan Aldrich FSA, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25–28 October: Discover Sicily’s Argimusco – a Holistic Approach to Heritage Management (Messina, Sicily)
The Annual ICAHM Meeting, to be held In 2018 at Montalbano Elicona, will focus on the need to develop a holistic and integrated approach to heritage management, with six key themes at the heart of current debates: Community Engagement, Climate Change, Tourism, Non-Invasive technologies, Archaeoastronomy, and the Africa Initiative. Organised by ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM), of which Adrian Olivier FSA is Secretary General, and the Municipality of Montalbano Elicona, the meeting invites abstracts of 300 words to be submitted as soon as possible but at the latest by 1 May. Details online.
The British Institute at Ankara has posted details of 2018 Grants and Opportunities on its website, ranging from small research grants to fully funded Fellowships based in Turkey for 12–24 months. Closing date for all applications 29 April 2018. Descripts of previously funded projects can also be seen online.
The Wealden Iron Research Group and the Early Metals Research Trust are jointly funding a second three-year PhD studentship with the Department of Archaeology at the University of Exeter, following a successful collaboration, focussing on the Romans, which began in 2015. For a suitable candidate, this is a great opportunity for career enhancement. There is the potential to combine documentary, field and laboratory studies. Supervision at Exeter will be by Gill Juleff FSA of the Department of Archaeology, with Levi Roach of the Department of History. Closing date for applications 30 April 2018. Details online.
Beautiful Fragments: Glass, Ceramics, Leather, and Metalwork in Medieval London
The University of East Anglia (UEA), in partnership with the Museum of London (MoL), invites applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a full- or part-time Collaborative Doctoral Award, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council through the CHASE doctoral training partnership. The award will support PhD research into the role played by fragmentary objects in understanding the art and visual culture of the later Middle Ages (c 1000–1500). Jointly supervised by specialists at MoL and UEA, the research will focus on works in the MoL’s Medieval display collections and archaeological archive, which houses artefacts from over 8,500 sites investigated in London over the past century. Supervision will be provided by Glyn Davies FSA (MoL, email@example.com) and Jack Hartnell and Sandy Heslop (UEA, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com). Deadline for applications Monday 7 May 2018.
The Council of the Church Monuments Society offers a biennial prize of £250 called the Church Monuments Essay Prize, to be awarded with a certificate for the best essay submitted in the relevant year. The aim of the competition is to stimulate people, particularly those who may be writing on church monuments for the first time, to submit material for the peer-reviewed international CMS journal Church Monuments. Therefore, the competition is open only to those who have not previously published an article in Church Monuments. Closing date for applications 31 December 2018. Details online.
Propose a Lecture or Seminar
Please download and complete the Lecture Proposal Form, and email it to Amelia Carruthers (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Society's Communications Manager, if you are interested in giving a lecture at one of the Society's Ordinary Meetings (Thursday evenings at 17.00) or as part of our Public Lecture series (occasional Tuesday afternoons at 13.00). We welcome papers based on new research or themes related to the Society's field of interest: the study of the material past. You can view our current lecture programme in the Events section of our website.
Fellows are also encouraged to propose topics or themes for conferences or seminars that bring scholars and professionals from a variety of disciplines together to explain, discuss and debate our material culture. Please download and complete the Conference Proposal Form, and email it to Amelia Carruthers (email@example.com), if you are interested in helping us organise such an event.