Society of Antiquaries Visit – 30 March 2020 – Cancelled

10:30 Monday 30th March 2020.

We very much regret that this visit has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

A Private Visit to the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London courtesy of the Master, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.




The Society, founded in 1707, is the second oldest learned society in the British Isles after The Royal Society. Fellows are elected by existing members of the society, and to be elected persons shall be “excelling in the knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other nations”.

The society retains a highly selective election procedure, in comparison with many other learned societies. Nominations for fellowship can come only from existing fellows of the society and must be signed by at least five and up to twelve existing fellows.

Fellowship is thus regarded as recognition of significant achievement in the fields of archaeology, antiquities, history and heritage.

This private tour will be led by a Fellow of the Society, and last about 1.5 hours.

You will be welcomed with coffee or tea, after which the visit at 11am will take in the Council Room, Meeting Room, Hall and Staircase. The Library is on the first floor and the Fellows’ Room on the second floor.  It covers the history of the Society. You will also hear about what the Society does now, which includes many activities to support the study and preservation of the material past in the UK and abroad, and running Kelmscott Manor in Oxfordshire, the family home of William Morris.

The cost is £35 per person, which covers the visit, tea or coffee on arrival, a light sandwich lunch and wine or soft drinks at the Society. The visit is limited to a maximum of 20 people.