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Wednesday 6th September: Visit to London to the Society of Antiquaries of London in conjunction with Cardiff Archaeological Society

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September 6, 2017
September 6, 2018

Wednesday 6th September : Visit to London to the Society of Antiquaries of London in conjunction with Cardiff Archaeological Society: Organised by Alan Aberg 

The coach will take us to London on 6th September. A notice has been sent to all members.  Our chairman Alan Aberg has provided the following information.

Society of Antiquaries of London

The Society was founded in 1707, although there were earlier attempts from the Elizabethan period and during the seventeenth century to establish a society concerned with the material artefacts of archaeology, art and architecture. Its initial meetings were held in taverns in Fleet Street, the most famous of these being the Mitre, but soon after it received its Royal Charter in 1751 it found permanent headquarters first in Chancery House and then in 1780 at Somerset House. Since 1875 it has held its meetings in a building designed to house its library, museum collections and pictures at Burlington House alongside the other learned Societies: the Astronomers, Linneans, Geologists, Chemists and the Royal Academy of Arts. It funds research and publications, and also runs Kelmscott Manor, Oxon., the former home of William Morris.

During the tour of Burlington House items relevant to Wales and Monmouthshire will be on display in the Library, including drawings from the print collections and manuscripts which normally are not accessible. The tour of the building will include the Meeting Room, where many of the important paintings are displayed, the Library and the Museum collection. We have been invited by the President, Gillian Andrews, to a reception on arrival, and members of the staff will lead the tour and introduce the exhibits.

Here are prints from the Society of Antiquaries collections. We will be able to see many more on our visit. The first is of Bettws Newydd Church and is dated 1842, and the second is of the Old Tower at Caerleon.

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