Burlington House Courtyard Lates

24 Jun 2016  |  15 Jul 2016  |  26 Aug 2016

18.00 - 21.00  |  Free Event*  |  All are welcome!

*Some activities around the courtyard may require booking/or a participation fee; all activities at Society of Antiquaries are free.

Explore the Burlington House Courtyard like never before, and discover the six learned societies that reside here, furthering the study of art, history and science and sharing it with audiences around the world:

At the Society of Antiquaries of London, visitors will learn about the Society's origins, history and modern-day legacy for the continued conservation and study of the material past. With more than 300 years of history to share, and a world-renowned research Library and Accredited Museum collection, the Society continues to be an advocate for preserving the past and sharing knowledge of that past with future generations. These events offer a great opportunity for discovering what the Society's role in conservation, research and sharing heritage has been throughout its history, and what it aims to do in the future.

Did we mention that you'll have access to objects rarely on display as well as opportunities to join a tour of our stunning Library? And the cash bar with Prosecco? You don't want to miss it!

 

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Activities held at the Society of Antiquaries of London have been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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24 June 2016 (18.00 - 21.00)

18.00 - 21.00  |  Free Event*  |  All are welcome!

Enjoy a range of activities:

Royal Society of Chemistry: Why does asparagus make your wee smell? (a short talk repeated throughout the night)

Royal Academy of Arts: Visit the Summer Exhibition 2016*

*Some activities around the courtyard may require booking/or a participation fee; all activities at Society of Antiquaries are free.

The Society of Antiquaries, founded in 1707, will host activities designed to help visitors explore our early origins — the first meetings of Fellows took place in a series of taverns!

See an historic re-enactment of a Society’s Ordinary Meeting in the Mitre Tavern c. 1720 performed by a troop of professional actors.  Samuel Gale will present on Stow’s Survey of London, the Society’s very first acquisition. President Peter Le Neve and Secretary William Stukeley will reveal the reprehensible scandal that roused the ire of the House of Commons and concluded in the hands of a common hangman.  

Learn more about how our Fellows collected and studied the past – and sought to disseminate knowledge through publications, prints, lectures and meetings. Visitors will also be able to enjoy seeing some of our earliest objects on display, learn more about our collections, and meet the President of the Society to learn about our historic regalia. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for an exclusive tour of the Society's Library.

A cash bar will be available (why not grab a glass of bubbly?).

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15 July 2016 (18.00 - 21.00)

18.00 - 21.00  |  Free Event*  |  All are welcome!

Enjoy a range of activities:

Linnean Society: Nature and Enlightenment (tour)*

Royal Astronomical Society: Explore the cosmos, see how comets are formed, and visit the library

Royal Society of Chemistry: Alphabet of Our Universe (a short talk repeated throughout the night)

Geological Society: Maps, Meteorites, Mary Anning & the Missing Link*

Royal Academy of Arts: Summer Exhibition 2016 & David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life*

*Some activities around the courtyard may require booking/or a participation fee; all activities at Society of Antiquaries are free.

The Society of Antiquaries will host activities exploring our 19th-century history and our early contributions to the modern discipline of archaeology—the event occurs on the eve of the Festival of Archaeology (16-31 July)!

Learn about our first permanent home at Somerset House and how the Society of Antiquaries (and indeed, other learned societies of the day) were sometimes subjected to satirical criticism. The event will feature an interpretation of Samuel Foote's play, The Nabob, which demonstrates 'how admirably discerning and replete with learning' our Fellows were. The play caused such a sensation that Horace Walpole resigned his Fellowship. Our interpretation will also draw inspiration from the satirical 19th-century cartoon, The Antiquarian Society.. Visitors will also be able to enjoy seeing some of our archaeological objects on display, meet Fellows of the Society and participate in informal learning activities. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for an exclusive tour of the Society's Library.

A cash bar will be available (why not grab a glass of bubbly?).

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26 August 2016 (18.00 - 21.00)

18.00 - 21.00  |  Free Event*  |  All are welcome!

Enjoy a range of activities:

Royal Society of ChemistryThe Science of Life (a short talk repeated throughout the night)

Royal Academy of Arts: Visit David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life*

*Some activities around the courtyard may require booking/or a participation fee; all activities at Society of Antiquaries are free.

The Society of Antiquaries will host activities designed to help visitors explore our modern legacy — focusing on conservation and research projects that we support through our grant programmes, Library and Museum collections and other activities!

Visitors will be able to explore objects from our collections that are rarely on public display, meet Fellows of the Society and learn about current heritage projects and to meet our grant award recipients and learn about their projects (such as archaeological excavations or research into historic dress). There will also be an opportunity to sign up for an exclusive tour of the Society's Library.

A cash bar will be available (why not grab a glass of bubbly?).

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About Burlington House

Burlington House has been a cultural hub for arts and sciences since 1874. The original Palladian mansion was home to the Earls of Burlington, but was later entrusted to the care of six organisations concerned with the artistic, historic, natural and scientific cultural environments. Today the 18th-century mansion is the Royal Academy of Arts; the 19th-century additions around the courtyard are home to the Geological Society of London, Linnean Society of London, Royal Astronomical Society, Society of Antiquaries of London and Royal Society of Chemistry. The cultural intersection of these organisations is illustrated by the fountains in the central courtyard, which depict the pattern of the planets in relation to the stars at the birth of Sir Joshua Reynolds (first president of the Royal Academy), whose statue faces the grand entrance to Burlington House. Open House visitors may spend Saturday exploring Burlington House to learn about the building’s architecture and each of the six unique organisations in residence there.

Online Timeline

View our online Burlington House timeline! It marks important dates in the architectural development of Burlington House, as well as important dates for the six societies surrounding the Burlington House Courtyard.

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