Magna Carta Through the Ages

26 May to 31 July (Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE)

As part of the celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Society of Antiquaries will be staging a special exhibition where visitors will have the unique opportunity to see its three copies of the charter on display for the first time. This exhibition is funded by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Headley Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Ruddock Foundation for the Arts. 

Find out more about our forthcoming exhibition >

Past Exhibitions

Jane Morris Exhibition at Kelmscott Manor

July to October (Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Lechlade GL7 3HJ)

Wednesday and Saturday, 11.00 to 17.00

Admission included in Manor ticket.

To mark the centenary of the death Jane Morris we are delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the National Portrait Gallery to show a small photographic exhibition from their collections, including photographs taken by Emery Walker and Frederick Hollyer, of Jane together with portraits of her husband, daughters and close circle of friends at Kelmscott Manor. Find out more on 'What's On' at Kelmscott Manor.

Portraying the Past: Paintings from the Society of Antiquaries of London

30 June to 1 August (Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE)

An exhibition of the Society’s collection of paintings including portraits of eighteenth-century antiquaries and rare fifteenth- and sixteenth-century portraits of medieval and Tudor monarchs and rulers of early modern Europe.

Gallery Talks

Throughout the month-long exhibition, we held short gallery talks for visitors. We will be posting clips from some of the gallery talks soon!

Making History: Antiquaries in Britain 1707-2007

In celebration of its tercentenary in 2007, the Society held a spectacular exhibition telling the story of the formation of the Society and its achievements in discovering, recording, preserving and interpreting the past. After its debut in London the exhibition went on tour throughout the UK to the Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum, Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, The Collection: Art & Archaeology in Lincolnshire. Then it continued on to America at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.

You can check out the digital archive of the exhibition at makinghistory.sal.org.uk.

Visit the Making History online exhibition >