Affiliate Membership

As one of our Affiliate Members you’ll have access to our stunning Burlington House location, with the opportunity to explore and use the largest antiquarian library in the country.

The Society of Antiquaries is one of London’s hidden gems. For over three centuries it has worked to bring people together to study the material evidence of the past. Today it provides a wide-ranging programme of activities at Burlington House in London and at Kelmscott Manor – the inspirational retreat of William Morris – in the Cotswolds.

The Society runs regular public, educational and academic events, lectures and exhibitions, gives grants for research and conservation, publishes books and journals on heritage topics and contributes to the formulation of public policy on the care of our historic environment and cultural property.

Burlington House is a hub of discovery – home to over 40,000 objects, paintings, prints and drawings, as well as a world-renowned library of over 130,000 books and manuscripts. Its collections span many centuries of human history, from Palaeolithic stone tools to Tudor royal portraits, copies of the Magna Carta to illuminated manuscripts saved after the dissolution of the monasteries. The result of nearly 300 years of accumulation, the Society’s collection has a unique role in making rare and valuable material accessible to professional scholars and the visiting public.

Our Affiliates include students, early career researchers, teachers, professionals and all those with an interest in antiquarianism. We welcome everyone.

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Why you should join

• Entry into Burlington House to use the Library and its workspace, WiFi and borrow up to 4 books*
• FREE tours
• Concessionary entry to Society of Antiquaries’ exhibitions
• Concessionary entry to historic Kelmscott Manor, William Morris’s Cotswold home
• Invitations to attend Ordinary Meetings, Lectures and Seminars at Burlington House
• Invitations to Regional Fellows Group Meetings (York, Cardiff and Exeter)
• Receive news of forthcoming events and activities
• Get involved in volunteering opportunities at Burlington House and Kelmscott Manor
• Find out more about the past as you get to know other Affiliate members and meet Fellows who are experts in their fields
• Make new friends by attending meetings and sharing your passion for the past
• Knowing you are supporting and safeguarding our past, and helping to secure its future

*Does not include remote access to online resources. There is a terminal in the Library where these can be used. Library card will be issued in person at Burlington House. Please note, the Library is closed annually in August.


Individual Affiliate  Joint Affiliate* Student Affiliate**
£60 Annual Direct Debit £80 Annual Direct Debit £30 Annual Direct Debit
£5 Monthly Direct Debit £6.65 Monthly Direct Debit £2.50 Monthly Direct Debit
£65 One-off card payment £85 One-off card payment £35 One-off card payment
*2 adults living at the same address **Student ID must be presented when collecting your membership card

We are happy to offer a reduction in the membership fee if you choose direct debit as it reduces our administration costs.

You can read the full terms and conditions of joining up here, or download them here.

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Read our T&Cs, fill in our short form, and come visit us at Burlington House!