Alumni tour Antiquaries exhibition
Professor Maurice Howard met alumni at The Yale Center for British Art in the USA to show them around the exhibition ‘Making History: Antiquaries in Britain’.
As president of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Professor Howard was in the United States at the second venue (the first was at Boston) of this exhibition of the Society’s greatest treasures. Documents, books, paintings and unique archaeological finds on display include an early transcript of Magna Carta, the inventory of Henry VIII, portraits of medieval and Tudor monarchs, a rich assemblage of material concerning Stonehenge and objects from William Morris’s house of Kelmscott Manor.
The exhibition focuses on the discovery, recording, preservation, and interpretation of Britain’s past through its material remains, and reveals how new discoveries, technologies, and interpretations have transformed our understanding of the history of Britain since the eighteenth century. The role of the Society, as keeper and collector of these objects, is central to this story.
Professor Howard, one of the UK’s most distinguished scholars of Art History, enjoyed giving the alumni a special tour: ‘It was a pleasure to spend time with some of our former students and to share with them an exhibition that we at the Society are incredibly proud of. Most of the alumni were not art history, or even humanities, graduates, showing how diverse the academic interests of the Sussex community in North America are’.
‘Making History: Antiquaries in Britain’ is open until 27 May; full details are available on the Yale Center for British Art webpages. The accompanying publication, Making History: Antiquaries in Britain, 1707-2007, is available through various online stores.