Workshop II

1 and 2 April 2019
Antiquarian Science in the Scholarly Society

Ex libris of Z. C. von Uffenbach.

Rijksmuseum, RP-P-2015-26-1860. Ex libris of Z. C. von Uffenbach.

Society of Antiquaries of London
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE
Full fee: £100 including lunch. Student/Concessions: £50 including lunch.
Programme Below

What was the relationship between archaeological fieldwork or antiquarianism and learned travel or the Grand Tour? What does collecting on tour say about the manner and scale of personal and institutional contacts between London and the scientific world of the Continent? What tools of natural philosophy were utilised to understand buildings and artefacts? What were the implications of the collecting of ethnographic objects for political dominance and Empire?

Speakers include Philip Beeley (Oxford), Dominik Collet (Oslo), Luke Edgington-Brown (East Anglia), Dustin Frazier Wood (Roehampton), Vera Keller (Oregon), Chantel Grell (Versailles), Clare Hornsby (British School at Rome), Stephanie Moser (Southhampton), Staffan Müller-Wille (Exeter), Cesare Pastorino (Berlin), Anna Marie Roos (Lincoln), Edwin Rose (Cambridge), Martin Rudwick (Cambridge), Kim Sloan (British Museum), Alexander Wragge-Morley (NYU), Elizabeth Yale (Iowa).

A working session using sources from the Society of Antiquaries Library and Museum will also be part of the programme. The Society’s library is Britain’s oldest major research library for archaeology, architectural history, decorative arts (especially medieval), material culture and the historic environment. It contains books, archives, manuscripts, prints and drawings. Its Accredited museum collection – which was formed before the introduction of public museums and galleries in the mid-18th century – contains prehistoric, classical and medieval antiquities, seal matrices and impressions, and paintings.



April 2019, Day One

10-10:15: Registration

10:15-10:20: Welcome and Introduction, Professor Vera Keller, Professor Anna Marie Roos, Co-I and PI, AHRC Networking Grant ‘Collective Wisdom’

10:20-11:15: Plenary
Professor Stephanie Moser (Southampton) and Dr Christian Hoggard (Aarhus)
Visual Testimony: Images and discipline-building at the Society of Antiquaries of London

11:15-12:15: Session I:  Egypt and ‘scientific antiquarianism’ 
Chair: Professor Roey Sweet, University of Leicester

Professor Chantal Grell, Université de Versailles
Tito Livio Burattini, a seventeenth-century engineer and Egyptologist

Professor Anna Marie Roos, University of Lincoln
The First Egyptian Society (1741-43)

12:15-1:00: Lunch

1:00-3:00: Session II:  The Republic of Letters, Scholarly Societies and Antiquarianism (seventeenth-century)
Chair: Dr Lisa Skogh

Professor Vera Keller, University of Oregon
The Ottoman History of Letters

Professor Dominik Collet, University of Oslo
Weak ties, Big Science. Challenges to ‘blended learning’ in early academic collections

Dr Philip Beeley, University of Oxford,
‘The Antiquity, Excellence, and Use of Musick’. Ancient Greek music and its reception in late seventeenth-century Oxford

Dr Cesare Pastorino, Technische Universität, Berlin,
The Features of Early Modern English Antiquarian Metrology

3:00-3:15: Coffee Break

3:15-4:15: Session III: The Republic of Letters, Scholarly Societies and Antiquarianism (eighteenth-century)
Chair: Jana Schuster, Cambridge

Dr Dustin Frazier Wood, University of Roehampton
Antiquarian Science and Scientific Antiquarianism at the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, 1710-1755

Dr Clare Hornsby, British School at Rome
Winckelmann, the Descrizione della Villa dell’Em Alessandro Albani and the Society of Antiquaries of London

4:15-5:15: Hands On Session I, Society of Antiquaries Museum and Library Collections

6-7 pm: Reception. Society of Antiquaries of London

Imagined scene of a priestess speaking in a prehistoric barrow.

Rijksmuseum, RP-P-OB-77.857. A priestess speaking from within a prehistoric barrow in Drenthe. Johan Picardt, Korte beschryvinge van eenige vergetene en verborgene antiquiteten (Amsterdam 1660), f. 47.












April 2019, Day Two

10-10:30: Registration


10:30-11:30: Plenary, Dr Kim Sloan, British Museum
Sloane’s Antiquities: providing a ‘body of history’ through beads, bottles, brasses and busts

11:30-1:00: Session IV. Ruins and Remains
Chair: Dr Caroline Barron, Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Alexander Wragge-Morley, NYU
In Search of Lost Design: The Science of Ruins in the 17th Century

Dr Elizabeth Yale, University of Iowa
Elf-Arrows and Origins: Antiquarian Collections and Human Descent

Dr Luke Edgington-Brown, University of East Anglia
The 1901 excavation of Stonehenge and its connection to Antiquarian research in Late 19th Century Japan

1:00-2:00: Lunch

2-3:30: Session V:  Eighteenth-Century Natural History and Antiquarianism
Chair: Dr Arthur MacGregor, Oxford

Professor Martin Rudwick, University of Cambridge
Volcanoes and Vases: Naturalists, Antiquaries, and the mobilisation of images

Dr Staffan Müller-Wille, University of Exeter
Following Footsteps: Linnaeus in Lapland

Edwin Rose, University of Cambridge
From collection to publication: Joseph Banks, Thomas Pennant and defining natural history and antiquarianism in late eighteenth-century Britain

3:30-4: Coffee Break

 4-5: Hands On Session II, Society of Antiquaries Museum and Library Collection

Conference Close


Two antiquarians looking at a collection.

Rijksmuseum, RP-P-2015-26-305.