Public Lectures

We launched our public lecture series in 2012 as a way to share the work of the Society and the work of Fellows of the Society with the public. The series is a key part of our public outreach, and provides visitors with a unique  opportunity to explore the ground floor of our Burlington House apartments. A large selection of our paintings are on display in the ground floor rooms, alongside museum objects such as the processional cross found on Bosworth Field.

Unless stated otherwise, lectures take place at Burlington House, London, at 1-2pm on Tuesday afternoons (doors open at 12.30). Lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited and booking is recommended.

Public Tours

We also host Guided Public Tours on Tuesday mornings. You can find more information (and reserve your place) here. Talks are free and tours cost £10, each event must be booked separately.


Public Lectures 2017–2018

27 February 2018 - **CANCELLED** 'The Domestication of the Dromedary Camel', lecture by Fellow Peter Magee

Book a seat >
Book a tour >

6 March 2018 - 'Editing Aubrey: The Antiquary and the Material Text', lecture by Fellow Dr Kate Bennett

Book a seat >
Book a tour >

17 April 2018 - 'Where Keats and Shelley Lie: The Protestant Cemetery at Rome in Art and History', lecture by Fellow Dr Nicholas Stanley-Price

Book a seat >
Book a tour >

15 May 2018 - 'Julius Caesar in Britain', lecture by Fellows Andrew Fitzpatrick and Colin Haselgrove

Book a seat >
Book a tour >

19 June 2018 - 'Nicholas Hawksmoor's Visionary Architectural Designs for Ockham Park and Their Amazing Odyssey', lecture by Fellow Pierre du Prey

Book a seat >
Book a tour >

3 July 2018 - 'Painting Away the War at Kelmscott Manor', lecture by Prof Joscelyn Godwin Hon FSA

Book a seat >
Book a tour >

21 August 2018 - 'Paying the Tolls: Glass in Time and the Regulation of the Free Trade State', lecture by Jenny Bulstrode (PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge)

Book a seat >
Book a tour >

4 September 2018 - 'Coastal Heritage Under Threat: CITiZAN (A National, Community-Based Response)', lecture by Gustav Milne FSA

Book a seat >
Book a tour >

23 October 2018 - 'The Prittlewell Prince: Life, Death and Belief in Anglo-Saxon England at the Time of St Augustine', lecture by Prof Christopher Scull FSA

Book a seat >
Book a tour >

6 November 2018 - 'Seeing Milton's Voice, or Illustrations to Paradise Lost; a social history of Great Britain', lecture by Prof Howard JM Hanley FSA

Book a seat >


Past Public Lectures

Watch recordings of our past public lectures on YouTube:

2017-18 Public Lectures >
2016-17 Public Lectures >
2015-16 Public Lectures >
2014-15 Public Lectures >
2013-14 Public Lectures >

For more information on our events, talks, and tours, sign-up to our Events E-Bulletin:

Subscribe to Events E-Bulletin >