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"

About us

The Library is now open two days a week by appointment only

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Society is currently closed to the public. The Society’s response follows Government guidance and is aimed at minimising the risks to our Fellows, staff, volunteers and the public who visit our properties. You can view our full response here. We have started a phased reopening of the Library and Museum. More information on revised opening hours and how to book a visit is available here.

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

The Society was founded in 1707 and today our 3,000 Fellows include many distinguished archaeologists and art and architectural historians holding positions of responsibility across the cultural heritage. The Fellowship is international in its reach and its interests are inclusive of all aspects of the material past.

As a registered charity (207237), the Society’s principal objectives are to foster public understanding of that heritage, to support research and communicate the results and to engage in the formulation of public policy on the care of our historic environment and cultural property.

We support those charitable objectives on a daily basis through our Library and Museum collections (at Burlington House and at Kelmscott Manor), through our conservation and research grant awards, our programme of events (lectures and seminars), communications such as publications, our website and our e-newsletter.

The Society of Antiquaries receives no direct support from public funds.

What we do

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Exterior view of Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor – The summer home of William Morris

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.

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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