The Society has two Accredited museum collections held at Burlington House in London and Kelmscott Manor in the Cotswolds. Image: Monumental Brass, c. 1550.
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.
About 600 objects from the museum collection are included in the online catalogue of drawings and museum objects.
We have an on-going conservation programme of our paintings and museum objects. Learn more about supporting conservation at the Society.
In 2015 (26 May to 31 July), we celebrated the 800th Anniversary of the Sealing of Magna Carta with Magna Carta Through the Ages, and displayed the Society's three copies of Magna Carta together for the public for the first time!
In 2014, (30 June to 1 August), we opened our doors to the public for a free exhibition, Portraying the Past: Paintings from the Society of Antiquaries of London.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7479 7088.