The Society of Antiquaries Public Lecture Series 2013-2014

In 2012 the Society of Antiquaries launched its Public Lecture Series, bringing the breadth and quality of the Society’s work to the attention of the general public and welcoming people into its elegant and historic apartments i
n Burlington House.  

ArmyarchBetween September 2012 and May 2013, five landmark lectures introduced the general public to the work supported and disseminated by the Society of Antiquaries of London. The lecture topics covered archaeology, historic monuments and architecture, and art history. All of the lectures were intended to bring the study and understanding of the material remains of the past, the Society's core purpose, to the attention of the general public.

McropThe Public Lecture Series will continue for the Society's 2013-14 programme year. Kicking off the series for this year, in October the Society will host the Director of the London Transport Museum and Fellow of the Society, Sam Mullins, for a public lecture that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Tube, 'Underground: How the Tube Shaped London'. This will be followed by another public lecture in December, 'Spitfires and Pagodas: Conflict Archaeology in Burma 2013' by Fellow Martin Brown. Five additional Public Lectures will take place at Burlington House, January through May 2014.

The inaugural Public Lecture Series included lectures from Fellow Richard Osgood, Senior Historic Adviser to the Ministry of Defence, ‘Operation Nightingale: Archaeology for Recovering Soldiers'; Jan Marsh, 'Celebrating May Morris: Textile Artist and Editor of William Morris'; Fellow Karen Hearn, 'Great with Child: Tudor and Jacobean Pregnancy Portraits'; Fellow Sophie Oosterwijk, 'Reading Medieval Child Monuments'; and Krish Seetah, recipient of a 2010 and 2011 research grant from the Society of Antiquaries, 'Historical Archaeology on Mauritius: Colonial Insights from the Indian Ocean World'.

Watch the lectures online: Please visit our Lecture Archive or our YouTube channel, SocAntiquaries, to watch video recordings from some of these public lectures as well as the Society's Thursday evening lecture programme for Fellows.

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Images: Top Right - Operation Nightingale in Action (Copyright Crown Estate); Middle Left - Decorations surrounding William Morris's Bed at Kelmscott Manor; Bottom Right - Archaeological finds in Mauritius by Krish Seetah.

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Or contact or call 020 7479 7080 for details and information on ticketing. 

The Public Lecture Series is FREE and open to all lectures take place at 1pm at Burlington House.


Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE


Forthcoming Lectures:

7 February, 1.00-2.00 pm at SAL
'Medieval Graffiti: the Hidden History of the Parish Church', by Matthew Champion.
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3 March, 1.00-2.00 pm at SAL
'Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal in Hastings', by Dr Peter Marsden, FSA, and Jenny Ridd.
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15 April, 1.00-2.00 pm at SAL
'Tales from the Thames: Community Archaeology on London's River', by Nathalie Cohen, FSA.
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27 May, 1.00-2.00 pm at SAL
'Historical Dress: a Project Inspired by Janet Arnold', by Nancy Hills, a Janet Arnold Award recipient.
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17 June, 1.00-2.00 pm at SAL
'The Cradle of Stonehenge? Major Mesolithic Homebase Discovered Near Stonehenge', by David Jacques, FSA.
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Previous Public Lectures

28 January, 1.00-2.00 pm at SAL
'Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: the Medical History of King Henry VIII', by Robert Hutchinson, FSA. Watch the Lecture.

3 December 2013, 'Spitfires and Pagodas: Conflict Archaeology in Burma 2013', by Martin Brown, FSA.Watch the Lecture.

22 October 2013 'Underground: How the Tube Shaped London', by Sam Mullins, FSA and Director of the London Transport Museum.Watch the Lecture.

20 May 2013 'Historical archaeology on Mauritius: Colonial Insights from the Indian Ocean World', by Krish Seetah. Watch the Lecture.

05 Mar 2013 'Reading medieval child monuments', by Sophie Oosterwijk, FSA. Watch the Lecture.

05 February 2013 'Great with Child: Tudor and Jacobean Pregnancy Portraits', by Karen Hearn, FSA. Watch the Lecture.

23 October 2012 'Celebrating May Morris: Textile Artist and Editor of William Morris', by Jan Marsh. Watch the Lecture.

18 September 2012 'Operation Nightingale: Archaeology for Recovering Soldiers' by Richard Osgood, FSA. Watch the Lecture.