Welcome to the Society

We exist for "the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries"

Burlington House Announcements

We are carrying out this 10 minute survey to gather information about the way our collections, facilities and services are used. The results will feed into our future planning and will help us implement the right changes for our users, where possible. Please complete the questionnaire by Monday 23 May. At the end of the survey you can choose to enter into a prize draw for a book voucher worth £50. Please click this link to start the survey.

On Monday 16 May the library catalogue will be unavailable for a few hours while we upgrade to the latest software version. While Fellows won’t be able to renew or request books via the catalogue during the upgrade, they will still be able to search the collections on Library Hub Discover.

Burlington House will be closed on Wednesday 18 May. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

About Us

The Society of Antiquaries is an educational charity that promotes the understanding of the human past and recognises distinction in this field through election to its Fellowship.

Save Burlington House

We need your help!

The Society has launched a campaign to contest the rapidly escalating rental rates set by Government, in order to remain at Burlington House – its home for over 140 years.

A hub of discovery for the UK, the building houses thousands of unique artefacts, books, and works of art spanning centuries of human history, under the guardianship of the Society of Antiquaries. The result of nearly 300 years of acquisition, people come from all over the world to study the collections at Burlington House, where enthusiasts meet experts, and ideas are shaped in the Library and lecture room.

Support Us

Find out all the ways in which you can help us, from giving towards our events and outreach, to helping our library and collections,.

Online Exhibitions

Enjoy our online exhibition Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith?

This exhibition examines the private life and public persona of King Henry VIII; his personal and political motivations for obtaining the title of ‘defender’; and how these same motivations saw him shift from ‘defender’ to ‘adversary’, to become England’s most notorious King.

Dr John Cooper recently featured on Professor Suzannah Lipscomb podcast Not just the Tudors talking about the exhibition and how we were able to tell the story of Henry VIII through our significant and unique collection. You can listen to the podcast here. Our thanks to Professor Lipscomb and Dr Cooper.


Visit Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational Cotswold retreat of William Morris, Victorian textile designer, poet, novelist & Father of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Venue Hire

Find out about hiring our unique spaces for your events, including meetings, receptions, and even for your filming and photography locations.

Download our brochure and rates, and get in touch with us to organise your perfect event.


How to find us

The Society is within a short walking distance of Piccadilly Circus and Green Park tube stations.

Society of Antiquaries of London
Burlington House

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