Cost: £5.00 Per Seat

New Researchers Conference

Inaugural New Researchers Conference on 26th October 2019.


‘The Antiquarian Society’ 1812, George Cruikshank, Scourge iii

Recovered from the Shipwreck of Time

And antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time

(Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning, 1605)

This conference is on the history of collecting and the role of the antiquary. The conference is part of our public outreach programme with a specific focus on engaging with ‘new’ researchers, postgraduate and early career academics. The conference will offer an opportunity for participants to present their research and exchange ideas with Fellows and guests.


Key note speaker: Dr Arthur MacGregor FSA


***Schedule may be subject to change

10am – Registration

  • Session 1: 

10:30 – Welcome

10:45 – Angela Websdale Replication and Reproduction: The Westminster Cult of Saint Edward the Confessor at Saint Mary's Church, Faversham, Kent.

11:05 – Elizabeth Chant Corsairs, Conflicts, and Coastlines: The Derrotero General del Mar del Sur (Panama, 1669)

11:25 – Katy Whitaker FSA “Shipwrecked mariners on some foreign shore”: recovering sarsen stones from the Society’s Sarsen Stones in Wessex project archive MS953.

11:45 – Q&A

12.00-12:20 Break Refreshments

  • Session 2: 

12:20 – Gavin Francis Stoneystreet Kelmscott Manor: The legacy of a Plantsman’s garden.  

12:40 – Sam Bromage Past Perspectives: Preserved cartographic and illustrative depictions of urban space in the collections of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

13:00 – Dr Madeleine Pelling Negotiating the Portland Vase: Mary Hamilton, Sir William Hamilton and the Duchess of Portland

13:20 – Q&A

13:30-14:30 Lunch provided

  • Session 3: 

14:30 – Kayleigh Betterton A Duty to Encourage, a Duty to Advance: Institutional Collections and the Society of Antiquaries in the Nineteenth Century

14:50 – Liam Sims FSA For the encouragement of learning’: collaborative antiquarianism & the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society

15:10 – Eloise Donnelly The Society of Antiquaries, the British Museum and collecting networks 1850-1913

15:30 – Q&A

  • 15:45 – 16:15 Key note by Dr Arthur MacGregor FSA

16:15 – Reception: Wine & Nibbles