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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  the Society of Antiquaries of London in conjunction with Cardiff Archaeological Society: Organised by our President Jeremy Knight and Chairman Alan Aberg

On September 6th we were joined by members of Cardiff Archaeological S0ciety on our visit to the Society of Antiquaries of London.   On arrival at Burlington House we were welcomed by the General Secretary, John Lewis, in the Meeting Room.  The Society, founded in 1707, moved into this splendid building from Somerset House in 1875.  In the Meeting Room were a fine collection of paintings, including a series depicting English sovereigns.  The Library on the first floor is a magnificent space, with columns leading the eye to upper levels of shelving.  Here we were able to examine various documents from the Society’s collection chosen for us by  Alan Aberg and Jeremy Knight, both FSAs, who had arranged the visit for us.   Among other items we saw a range of 17th century documents from the Wakeman collection, (Thomas Wakeman lived in Monmouth), and early illustrations of places in Wales.  Many of us were fascinated by a collection of 19th century watercolours of Monmouthshire churches by an unknown artist.

As well as these public rooms we were able to visit those which originally were the home of the General Secretary.  Now they are given over to offices, and showed clearly the difficulties of adapting Victorian spaces to modern needs.

What we saw and heard gave only a taste of the Society’s work and its collections.  We were very grateful to Alan and Jeremy who made this fascinating visit possible and to everyone who helped with the organisation.  Would Fellows please pass on our thanks to the Society staff involved. The lecture and conducted tour were both superb and generous in time. The Gwyn Coach company driver also deserves  a thank you as he was unfailingly good, timely, and contributed to the overall success of the day.


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Here are prints from the Society of Antiquaries collections. We were 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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