Society of Antiquaries of London

Society of Antiquaries of London
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The Society of Antiquaries of London is charged by its Royal Charter of 1751 with ‘the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries’. It celebrated its Tercentenary in 2007.

The Society’s 3,000 Fellows include many distinguished archaeologists and art and architectural historians holding positions of responsibility across the cultural heritage. The Fellowship is international in its reach and its interests are inclusive of all aspects of the material past.

As a registered charity, the Society’s principal objectives are to foster public understanding of that heritage, to support research and communicate the results and to engage in the formulation of public policy on the care of our historic environment and cultural property. The Society of Antiquaries receives no direct support from public funds.

Venue Type:

Association or society

Opening hours

By appointment only, Mon- Fri, 10.00 - 17.30

Admission charges

Please telephone 020 7479 7084 or email admin@sal.org.uk

Getting there

We are located in Burlington House, on Piccadilly, between the Piccadilly and Green Park underground stations. Burlington House is also home to several other learned societies, including the Royal Academy of Art. Our apartments neighbour the Royal Academy, just to the left of the RA, inside the Burlington House courtyard.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Weapons and War, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Coins and Medals, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Blood Royal: Picturing the Tudor Monarchy

  • 27 July — 25 August 2017 *on now

Inspiration for the exhibition was drawn from our collection of paintings, which includes the largest collection of English medieval and Tudor royal portraiture outside of the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Collection. Exploring the struggle for legitimacy and power during the Wars of the Roses, the advent of the Tudor dynasty, and ways in which each of the Tudor monarchs strove to demonstrate their authority and ability to rule the kingdom. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to see rarely displayed objects from our collections, including official royal documents from the reigns of Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I as well as archaeological finds relating to battles of the Wars of the Roses.

The exhibition has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.sal.org.uk/museum-collection/exhibitions/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Visitors in the exhibition

Blood Royal Museum Late

  • 25 August 2017 6-9pm

The exhibition is located in the Society of Antiquaries' historic 19th-century apartments at Burlington House, and the venue itself is worth visiting.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the temporary exhibition, Blood Royal: Picturing the Tudor Monarchy, join a felt-making workshop, tours of our historic Library, enjoy live medieval and Tudor music and enjoy drinks from a cash bar.

Glam Hatters Workshop (18.30 and 19.30)
We are delighted to be offering two half-hour felt-making fascinator workshops from Glam Hatters' Janie Lawson. The workshops are inspired by the hats worn by the Tudor monarchs in our portraits. Janie, a professional craftswoman, will demonstrate and help participants to make felt-based hair accessories that they will be able to take away and wear.

Workshops are free, but space is limited. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

These workshops are sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London.

Library Tours (19.00 and 20.00)
Guided by a Fellow of the Society, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the oldest antiquarian library in the country and discover some of its greatest treasures.

Live Music
Jez Smith, a historic musician, will be demonstrating instruments like the hurdy gurdy, bagpipes and gittern. You can find out more about Jez Smith on his website, Playing In Time. Below is a video of Jez in action.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.sal.org.uk/events/2017/08/blood-royal-museum-late-25-aug/

Getting there

We are located in Burlington House, on Piccadilly, between the Piccadilly and Green Park underground stations. Burlington House is also home to several other learned societies, including the Royal Academy of Art. Our apartments neighbour the Royal Academy, just to the left of the RA, inside the Burlington House courtyard.

Society of Antiquaries of London
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London
Greater London
W1J 0BE
England

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Website

www.sal.org.uk

www.sal.org.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/galleries/collections/society-of-antiquaries-of-london-2055

www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/galleries/locations/society-of-antiquaries-of-london-kelmscott-manor-6070

makinghistory.sal.org.uk/

E-mail

admin@sal.org.uk

Telephone

General enquires

020 7479 7080

Fax

020 7287 6967

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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