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

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

Monday to Friday, 10.00 to 16.00 (last entry at 15.45)


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 will be holding short gallery talks for visitors (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 14.00-14.30).

Click here to view the Gallery Talk programme.

What to Expect

The ground-floor apartments will be open to visitors during the exhibition hours. There will be staff and volunteers available to welcome you and answer questions.

We we also have an exhibition brochure available, which will have information about all of the paintings on display, which you are welcome to take home with you.

Additionally, there will laminated copies of 'Information Sheets' and 'Activity Sheets' available for use during your visit, which we hope will help visitors of all ages engage with our paintings!

The Burlington House courtyard boasts a small, outdoor cafe maintained by the Royal Academy of Arts, we have a cloakroom available for visitor use and toilets located on the ground floor for visitor use.

Come and visit us!


 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.


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.