Welcome to the Society

Affiliate Membership launches!

Now for the first time in our history, anyone with an interest in the material past can enjoy our beautiful library!

Burlington House Announcements

Unfortunately our lift is currently out of action. Access to upper levels of the building will be by stairs only. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes. 

Burlington House closes annually in August – the Library will be closed to Fellows and visitors, but will continue to respond to enquiries and send postal loans, photocopying and scan requests.

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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