Museum Collections

MAS_BLACK_transparentThe Society has two Accredited museum collections; one is held at Burlington House in London and the other at Kelmscott Manor in the Cotswolds.

Collections at Burlington House

Before the middle of the nineteenth-century the Society was often seen by Fellows as the most appropriate place to deposit antiquities and pictures. The collections contain 50,000 objects ranging from prehistoric, classical and medieval antiquities, seal matrices and impressions, and paintings, as well as items relating to the history of the Society. Highlights include items such as a Bronze Age shield from Ayrshire and a medieval processional cross from the site of the Battle of Bosworth, as well as an outstanding group of early panel paintings. Learn more about our Paintings.

You can also explore highlighted objects from our collections with our 'Unlocking Our Collections' series.

Catalogues

About 600 objects from the museum collection are included in the online catalogue of drawings and museum objects.

Learn more about all of our Library and Museum online catalogues.

Conservation

We have an on-going conservation programme of our paintings and museum objects. Learn more about supporting conservation at the Society.

Exhibitions

Our most recent exhibition was Blood Royal: Picturing the Tudor Monarchy (2017), and you can still explore the objects in our digital exhibition.

Previous exhibitions include a celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Sealing of Magna Carta with Magna Carta Through the Ages (2015) and Portraying the Past: Paintings from the Society of Antiquaries of London.

In 2007 the Society celebrated its tercentenary and to commemorate the event held an exhibition 'Making History: Antiquaries in Britain 1707-2007'.

There is also a detailed account of the Society's history and collections published in the BADA Handbook 2007/8. You can download the article here.

Loans

Many objects are loaned to exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world, such as a sixteenth-century astronomical clock made by Jacob Zech, which is on long term loan to the British Museum. Learn more about our Loans...

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment to see the collections or to make an enquiry please contact the Collections Manager museum@sal.org.uk or telephone 020 7479 7088.