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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

By appointment only, Mon- Fri, 10.00 - 17.30

Charges:

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

Travel directions:

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.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Research facilities for academics
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Library with public access
  • Study facilities
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Lecture theatre
  • Wi-fi available
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Conference facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events

Services:

  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Academic publications and resources available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Commercial filming service
  • Corporate loans service
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Guided tours
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Loan service

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