Society of Antiquaries of London

The tour will be co-led by VocalEyes describer Jane Brambley and building expert Kate Bagnall, Museum Collections Manager at the Society.

The Society of Antiquaries of London is the oldest independent society concerned with the study of the past. It is located in the west wing of Burlington House, purpose-built by Robert Richardson Banks and Charles Barry, Jr. for the Society.

Designed by architects Banks and Barry Jnr, you will tour the grand meeting room and library, which is organised over three levels, connected by spiral staircases. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to visit a building full of history and art: Iron Age pieces, Roman coins, little-known Tudors portraits and thousands of antique books. We will also learn about the Society’s unique induction ceremony for its fellows!

You can read more about the building and its architecture on the venue page.

Please note that the the tour will take in several floors, and the building’s lift is small. Its dimensions are as follows: when fully open, the door opening is 28 inches wide; inside it is 35 inches deep and 41 inches wide. The car load is 300kg.

If you would like to join the audio-described tour, please use our Open House London 2019 online booking form.  Alternatively, please email [email protected] or call the office on 020 7375 1043.

[Image: Entrance of Society of Antiquaries]

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Society of Antiquaries of London (Burlington House)

Burlington HousePiccadillyLondonW1J 0BE
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