The Society plans to hold its meetings at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, beginning at 5.30 p.m. However, meetings may be moved online at short notice, and updates will be published on the Society’s website and communicated to members by email.

For all regular meetings at the Society of Antiquaries, tea will be served at 5.00 p.m. and wine will be served after each lecture. Members are welcome to bring guests, both to meetings and to the social gatherings.




The 2021 Panizzi Lectures will be delivered by Cynthia Brokaw in the Knowledge Centre of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, on 30 November, 2 December, and 7 December 2021. The lectures are not ticketed and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For further details see

Monday, June 27, 2022 - 14:30

The Summer Visit for 2022 will be to the Libraries at Magdalene College Cambridge on Monday, 27 June 2022, beginning at 2.30 p.m., meeting at the Cloisters of the Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge, CB3 0AG. The Librarians will host the Society for introductions to and tours of the three Libraries.

The New Library, designed by architect Níall McLaughlin and built next to the Pepys Library, was opened in 2021. It now houses the College’s library holdings as well as modern teaching and study spaces and an Archive Centre and Art Gallery.

The Old Library is Magdalene’s collection of rare books and manuscripts which has been developed throughout the history of the College. The backbone of the Old Library collection is shaped by major bequests from six past College Masters: Thomas Nevile, Barnaby Goche, James Duport, Daniel Waterland, A. C. Benson and

Peter Peckard. The latter’s large collection of books has contributed to the Old Library’s strength in 17th- and 18th-century theological works.

The Pepys Library, the most famous part of Magdalene College, houses Samuel Pepys’s diaries and is one of the most significant collections of books, manuscripts, documents and prints acquired by any private individual. Pepys’s collection is still housed in the dedicated Pepys Library building and in its original bespoke bookcases.

The visit will be followed by tea and cake in the College around 4.30 p.m.

Numbers are limited and those wishing to come should notify the Hon. Secretary by e-mail no later than Monday, 6 June 2022. Guests may be permitted if numbers allow, but preference will be given to members of the Society. Places will be allocated as replies are received and confirmations will be sent.

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