Christmas Miscellany and Reception

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Christmas Miscellany and Reception

December 16 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Join us on 16 December to celebrate the end of the year with our Annual Christmas Miscellany and Reception.

Due to restrictions we will not be able to have Christmas Carols this year.

The meeting will begin with Society business and will be followed by our Christmas Miscellany of papers. Each paper will last 20-25minutes.

Miscellany Of Papers

  • ‘Chancel’ or Private Property? Reflections on the Fitzalan Chapel Case (1879) by Professor Andrew Spicer FSA

In March 1879, the Times pondered whether ‘it be not contrary to all probability that there can be a church within a church’. The newspaper was reporting on the Fitzalan Chapel case, where possession of the east end of Arundel parish church was disputed between the duke of Norfolk, the premier English peer and Catholic, and the Anglican vicar. While it was not unusual for some continental churches to be shared between confessions, the juxtaposition of Anglican and Catholic space was less common in England. This paper will reconsider this fractious dispute in the context of nineteenth-century church restoration, legal rights and (re-)establishing the architectural integrity of places of worship.

  • Assessing an Archive Assemblage by Dr Amara Thornton FSA

The Beyond Notability project has commenced research in the Society of Antiquaries archive with a view to examining, analysing and presenting women’s work in archaeology, history and heritage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Society’s archive presents a unique opportunity to gain unparalleled insights into the shape and structure of archaeological and historical enquiry in Britain. But, in order to begin, we must ask: what exactly is the Society’s archive? What stories can it reveal? This paper will outline some of the initial findings as the team works with the SAL’s archivist to explore these questions.

  • The discovery of a 6th century AD cemetery in the General Secretary’s garden by John Lewis FSA

In September of 2021 an early Saxon spearhead (late 6th to 7th Century) was discovered in the garden of my during construction of an extension to my house in Wilton, Salisbury. In the middle 2000’s my neighbour informed me that he had found two spearheads whilst building his garage in 1962. I showed them to my (now former) colleagues at Wessex Archaeology, who confirmed that they were 6th century. Subsequently Wessex excavated sites north of West Street Wilton and revealed a contemporary settlement. Both settlement and the spearheads were published by Wessex in WAM Vol 105 (2012) pp 117-144. When my neighbour moved approximately 8 years ago I persuaded him to allow me to donate the spears to Salisbury Museum, where they now reside. The finding of the third spearhead during the present works strongly suggests the presence of an early Saxon cemetery.

Admission to the Ordinary Meeting is free as usual but we recommend that you register in advance. 

Mulled Wine Reception

We hope Fellows will join us for our annual Mulled Wine Reception, following the miscellany meeting.

Admission to Mulled Wine Reception is by ticket only (£10). Guests are welcome!

Please note that due to COVID 19 restrictions this event will be online only. 

This event will be both in person at Burlington House and online. Please select the appropriate ticket below.

Attendance at Burlington House:

  • Open to anyone to join, Fellows and Non-Fellows.
  • Places in person will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The event will begin at 17.00 BST. Please arrive in plenty of time.
  • Tea/Coffee for Fellows is served from 16.30 BST
  • Registration is essential for non-Fellows but we encourage Fellows to register as well.
  • Fellows must ensure they sign the guest book and sign their guests in.
  • All attendees should scan the NHS QR code available at the entrance. For further details on the Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 and track and trace please visit their website here.

The schedule for the evening if attending in person:

  • Refreshments for Fellows are served from 16.30 BST in the council room.
  • The meeting begins at 17.00 BST with the lecture starting at approximately 17.10 BST.
  • Lectures run for approximately 45min and are followed by a short Q&A.
  • Our annual mulled wine reception will follow. Booking is required and it is £10 per person. If you are attending the reception please ensure you book the relevant ticket below.

Attendance by Live Stream:

  • Registration is essential.
  • Open to anyone to join, Fellows and Non-Fellows.
  • Once you have registered we will be in touch regarding how you can join via Zoom video-calling.
  • The event will also be live-streamed to YouTube here, so you can watch along if you prefer
  • The event will begin at 17.00 GMT.
  • You will receive an email reminder with the link to join the day before the lecture.
  • Attendees’ cameras and microphones will be off throughout.

If you have any questions please contact our Communications and Events Manager on [email protected]

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December 16
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Society of Antiquaries of London
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1J 0BE United Kingdom
020 7479 7080


Society of Antiquaries of London
020 7479 7080
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