Society of Antiquaries Early Career Researchers’ Conference
10am-5pm, 14 October 2022
Chaired by President Martin Millett FSA
Join the Society of Antiquaries for a full-day event, both online and in-person, to explore the research potential of their archives, library and museum collections at Burlington House, and discover how their digitisation and cataloguing is progressing, and how this is enhancing their research potential.
The Society is home to over 40,000 objects, paintings, prints and drawings, and its world renowned Library contains over 130,000 books and manuscripts. Its unique collections span many centuries of human history, from Palaeolithic stone tools to Tudor royal portraits, copies of the Magna Carta to illuminated manuscripts saved after the dissolution of the monasteries. The result of nearly 300 years of accumulation, the Society’s collection has a unique role in making rare and valuable material accessible to scholars and the visiting public.
The Society is delighted to have a fantastic set of speakers with them on the day to talk through how they’ve used our resources.
Professor Roey Sweet FSA
Professor Roey Sweet is professor of urban history at the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester. Her research interests focus upon antiquarianism and the reception of the past and the histories of towns and urban culture during the long eighteenth century. Her study of antiquarian culture, Antiquaries: the Discovery of the Past in Eighteenth-Century Britain was published in 2004. She has also published on travel and antiquarianism, including Cities and the Grand Tour. The British in Italy, c. 1690-1820. She is currently working on two projects, one on the ‘invention’ of the historic town c. 1780-1850 and the other on British travel to Spain 1760-1830, focusing on Sir William Gell FSA (Leverhulme RPG 2020-194) in collaboration with the British School at Rome.
Dr Amara Thornton
Dr Amara Thornton is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London. She is Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded research project Beyond Notability: ReEvaluating Women’s Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage in Britain 1870-1950. Amara was previously Research Officer at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, University of Reading. She has recently co-edited (with Dr Katy Soar) an anthology of classic horror stories, Strange Relics: Stories of Archaeology and the Supernatural (Handheld Press, forthcoming September 2022).
Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler
Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler is Reader in Medieval History and Deputy Director of the Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University. Her research explores political ethics and war in the central and later Middle Ages. Her publications include Bishops in the Political Community of England, 1213–1272 (OUP, 2017) and The Song of Simon de Montfort: England’s First Revolutionary and the Death of Chivalry (Picador and OUP, 2019). She currently holds a Philip Leverhulme Prize in History and in autumn 2022 is a Visiting Fellow at All Souls, Oxford. In 2021, she received a Research Grant from the Society of Antiquaries to work on ‘The Duchy of Lancaster’s Lancashire Records, 1267-1348’. This enabled extensive archival research, part of a wider collaboration on the theme of: ‘A State within a State: The Making of the Duchy of Lancaster, c. 1267-1422’.
Dr Thomas Matthews Boehmer
Dr Thomas Matthews Boehmer is Research Associate on the AHRC-funded ‘Roman York beneath the streets’ Project (2021-24). The project seeks to reassess our understanding of Eburacum (York) in the light of evidence from past excavations, museum archives, GPR, and a new subsurface deposit model for the city. His work focusses on burials and funerary practices in the Roman West, and explores the effects of imperial occupation on identities, memory, and the invented traditions of the elite. Thomas completed his MPhil and PhD at Cambridge and his BA at the University of Warwick. He is a director of the Harpham Villa Landscape Project, and Director of Studies in Archaeology at Fitzwilliam and Magdalene Colleges, Cambridge.
Eleri Lynn is a dress and textiles specialist. She the author of Tudor Fashion (2017) and Tudor Textiles (2020), both published by Yale University Press. Tudor Fashion is the winner of the 2019 Historians of British Art Award, for exemplary scholarship in a single-authored book (pre1600 category). Eleri has curated a number of major fashion exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Historic Royal Palaces, including ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ at Kensington Palace and ‘The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I’ at Hampton Court Palace. Eleri is a Trustee of the Royal School of Needlework and Head of Exhibitions at National Museum Wales.
Schedule for the day
9:30 am Arrival, tea and coffee will be available
10:00 am Introduction from President Martin Millett FSA on the Society and aims for the day
10.30 am Presentations from the Library and Collections team on the digital platform, archives, Library, Museum collection
11:30 am Tour of the premises at Burlington House
12:30 pm Lunch (not provided by the Society)
Post-lunch Presentations by researchers on projects that have recently used the resources
1:30 pm Dr Sophie Ambler, Duchy of Lancaster project
2:00 pm Dr Amara Thornton, AHRC History of Archaeology
2:30 pm Dr Thomas Matthews Boehmer, York AHRC project
3:00 pm Eleri Lynn, Tudor textiles for the Henry VIII Inventory Project
4:00 pm Final discussion, led by Professor Roey Sweet FSA
5:00 pm Conference ends and is followed by drinks reception open to attendees
If you have any further questions on the day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.