Visit to the Society of Antiquaries and Linnean Society

BRA Visit to the Society of Antiquaries and Linnean Society


Burlington House, Piccadilly. London W1J 0BE


Monday 11 November 2019


Burlington House is occupied by the Royal Academy and five other leading Learned Societies: the Linnean Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Geological Society of London and the Society of Antiquaries. We have arranged for a group of BRA members and their guests to be shown around the libraries and archives of two of these organisations: the Society of Antiquaries and the Linnean Society. Each tour lasts about 1 ½ hours.

The cost of the visit is £20 for BRA members and £25 for guests of members. Numbers are strictly limited to 20, and booking is via the Eventbrite web-site:

Please note that if you are unable to use Eventbrite, or wish to pay by cheque, you will need to contact the Executive Committee via or 07946 624713 to book in and arrange payment – this is so that we can avoid double-booking places. We are all volunteers, so please allow plenty of time for this!

The Society of Antiquaries was founded in 1707 for the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries. Its principal objectives are to foster public understanding of that heritage, to support research and communicate the results and to engage in the formulation of public policy on the care of our historic environment and cultural property. This is achieved through the Library and Museum collections (at Burlington House and at Kelmscott Manor), through conservation and research grant awards, a programme of events (lectures and seminars), and publications and communications. Amongst other items it holds an important collection of seals. Its 3,000 Fellows include many distinguished archaeologists and art and architectural historians holding positions of responsibility across the cultural heritage.

The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith (1759–1828), who was its first President. The Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829. These unique collections are of continuing fundamental importance as a primary reference for taxonomy. They are enhanced by the Society’s own rich library which provides key resources for research.


10.45am Arrival at Society of Antiquaries. Tea/coffee provided.

11.00am – 12.30 Tour of Society of Antiquaries (including the Council Room, Meeting Room, and Main Library).

Lunch There is a café and restaurant in the Royal Academy Burlington House and several restaurants nearby.

1.30 – 3.00 Tour of the Linnaean Society Library (including the Meeting Room, Collections Store and Library).



Nearest tube: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus. Buses: 6,9,14,19,38.
Disabled parking by prior arrangement only.