The encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries’.
The Society of Antiquaries of London, by Royal Charter, 1751.

Easter Closing

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


Consultation on 'New Model English Heritage'

The Council has put together and submitted an official response to the 'New Model English Heritage' consultation. Read about the response here. Or, download a PDF of the response here.


Archaeology Consultation

Early this year, Fellows Lord Redesdale and John Howell (MP) led an inquiry into local government archaeological services. The Society submitted a response. Read more about it.

Support Us

Find out more about how you can get involved with the Society and support our mission to conserve and research the material past.

Lectures Online

You can watch the latest lectures, conferences and other events recorded in our Meeting Room.

Photograph of an antiquarian book held open to show a double page

Library Catalogue

Books, offprints, ephemeral publications, periodicals and more than 2,000 articles. Our library has the best resources for researching and studying the material past in this country.

Making History

Detail from portrait painting showing a man holding a bookMaking History: 300 years of Antiquaries in Britain marked the Society's 300th anniversary with a touring exhibition of our collections. Making History illustrated to the public the important role the Society has taken over the last three centuries in conserving and researching the material remains of Britain's heritage and identity, with over 177,000 people in the UK and US visiting the exhibition. See our dedicated Making History site to learn more about the history of the Society and the objects that were on display.


Public Lecture Series 2014

Next lecture: 15 April, 1.00-2.00 pm. Tales from the Thames: Community Archaeology on London's River, Nathalie Cohen, FSA. Book Tickets to public lectures.

Church Treasures (Half-Day Seminar): 2 May 2014

Church Treasures: Perils and Possibilities. 2 May 2014, 9.30-12.35. 

Organised by Loyd Grossman, OBE, PhD, FSA; and John Goodall, FSA. Click here for more information, including purchasing your ticket (£10).

The Fellowship

Council The Society has a membership of some 2,900 Fellows who are experts in their chosen fields within the heritage sector.The latest edition of SALON has news of what's happening in the heritage world. A list of newly elected Fellows can be found in the News & Events section. Details on the Society's statutes, Fellowship and governance.

Heritage Debate

Did you miss the heritage debate this past September? Watch the Heritage Debate online.

The Society of Antiquaries of London partnered with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, English Heritage, and The National Trust to host two-days of programming to commemorate the centenary of the Ancient Monuments Consolidation and Amendment Act of 1913. You can still share your comments on Twitter; using the #debateheritage hashtag!

Library, Grant Giving & Publications

Books published by the SocietyThe Society owns one of the most renowned specialist archaeological and historical Libraries in the country. We also fund research - a number of Grants to support the cost of research and travel are available to students, researchers and scholars. We also have a very active selection of Publications programme on both academic and general interest topics. (Image: Society publications, including the Antiquaries Journal)

Artist in Residence  at Kelmscott Manor

We are pleased to announce that we are have appointed Sasha Ward as Kelmscott Manor's first official Artist in Residence. Read more about Sasha Ward's work in SALON: Issue 316.

The Artist in Residence programme has been generously supported by Arts Council England, Geoffrey Bond OBE, DL, FSA, NADFAS, The Radcliffe Trust, The Company of Arts Scholars and The Oxford Research Centre in Humanities (TORCH), Univ. of Oxford.

Volunteers Needed!

We are seeking volunteers to help us with a public exhibition this summer. All are encouraged to apply (Fellows, students, enthusiasts of all kinds!). Please see the 'Vacancies' page for details. Deadline for applications is 17 April.

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - Gold Award 2014!

Cotswold Tourism 2014 logoWe are proud to announce that Kelmscott Manor has received the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - Gold Award 2014 from Cotswold Tourism.

To find out more about Kelmscott Manor and becoming a Friend of Kelmscott Manor (the Cotswold Retreat of William Morris), please visit www.kelmscottmanor.org.uk. Becoming a Friend of Kelmscott Manor (a member) is the best way to support care, conservation and development of this important heritage site and Grade I listed Manor house. How to Buy: Download the order form and post it, or call Kelmscott Manor at .

Collections & Conservation

Joseph Sim Earle detail 300The Society holds a diverse collection of  paintings and artefacts, as shown on our online  collections catalogue. Since 2006 a large number of the Society’s paintings have been conserved and photographed. There are still five paintings which are a high priority for conservation so that new photography can be commissioned for inclusion in a catalogue of the collection to be published in 2013. Projects to conserve Kelmscott Manor are also ongoing.

Image Painting of Joseph Sim Earle FSA - C 1884; estimated conservation cost £7,000.