The Antiquarian Endeavour, a talk by David Starkey CBE FSA

Dr Starkey’s talk will trace the story of antiquarian study from the foundation of the Society of Antiquaries of London in the eighteenth century to the present day. He maintains that the work of the Society has saved crucial evidence of Britain’s past and is the key organisation in understanding and preserving the nation’s history.

"For me, history has always been as much about things – buildings, paintings, jewels – as written documents", he says. "It is not just about collecting written evidence, but all material that is crucial to our understanding of history".

Dr Starkey’s lecture will include images of many of the treasures in the Society’s collection including a rare collection of royal portraits, the Bosworth Cross and watercolours of the Painted Chamber at the Palace of Westminster, the only surviving images since it was destroyed by fire in 1834.

Dr David Starkey is the guest curator for the Society of Antiquaries of London touring exhibition Making History: Antiquaries in Britain 1707-2007. This will be at Salisbury Museum from 4 October 2008 - 3 January 2009 and will explore the development of archaeology, from antiquarianism to the rise of professional archaeology. The exhibition celebrates the achievements of the Society, and will feature original works of art, manuscripts and artefacts from their collection. The touring exhibition has been made possible through funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Please note that the lecture is at Salisbury Guildhall, not at the Museum. Booking: Please contact the Museum, if you wish to book in advance. Cost: £8 in advance or £10 on the night.

For further details contact Anne Jensen at Salisbury Museum on 01722 332151 or email