On the 25th February 2019, the Society of Antiquaries of London hosted a one-day conference on Secret Spaces: Medieval Sacristies, Vestries, Treasure Rooms and their Contents. The aim of this conference is to introduce the subject of ecclesiastical treasure houses to both the academic world and the wider public. You can now watch the entire conference from your very own sofa – scroll down for all the recordings.
Treasure houses take the form of small buildings attached as annexes to the cathedrals and churches which they served. Their function as store houses of the priceless ecclesiastical treasure belonging to the church meant that they were accessible to only a few privileged individuals but many are resplendent pieces of architecture in their own right.
Archbishop Thomas Becket, martyred in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, was among the earliest private book collectors in English history. The richly-illustrated lecture looks at the manuscripts he owned and what happened to them, and it concludes with the unexpected and recent discovery of Becket’s Psalter, which was kept on his shrine in the Cathedral throughout the Middle Ages.
The Society of Antiquaries of London has the largest antiquarian library in the country, with a collection spanning items from the 10th century to present day, reflecting 300 years of research and scholarship into the history and material remains of Great Britain and other countries. Join us for our Open Day to learn about the resources thatContinue reading “Event: Postgraduate Open Day at the Library of Society of Antiquaries of London, 14 October 2016”
1 October 2014* Friary biographies, urban fabric and the excavation legacy in England and Wales Deirdre O’Sullivan, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester The lecture will be preceded by the Association’s Annual General Meeting. It will be followed by a reception to launch the latest publication in the BAA Conference Transactions series – Medieval Art,Continue reading “Lecture Series: British Archaeological Association Annual Lecture Series, London, Autumn 2014”
Missed a lecture at the Society of Antiquaries? Many of the society’s events, including conferences, public lectures and ordinary meetings of fellows are available on their Youtube channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/SocAntiquaries/videos Some talks include: The recent Church Treasures conference on the 2nd May, featuring John Goodall, Loyd Grossman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1gmV2I6Mgw) Sophie Oosterwijk on medieval child monuments (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2ZdKOhp8V8) SallyContinue reading “Resources: Society of Antiquaries London Youtube lectures”
Call for Papers: Emblems and Enigma: the Heraldic Imagination An Interdisciplinary Symposium at the Society of Antiquaries of London London, Burlington House, April 26, 2014 Deadline: Jan 10, 2014 Conference website: http://heraldics2014.wordpress.com ‘Time has transfigured them into / Untruth’ (Philip Larkin) In his 1844 short story ‘Earth’s Holocaust’, Nathaniel Hawthorne sees heraldic signs reaching ‘like lines of light’ intoContinue reading “Call for Papers: Emblems and Enigma: the Heraldic Imagination (London 2014)”