Exhibition: Making History – Antiquaries in Britain @ Yale Centre for British Art

Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, until Sunday 27th May 2012

“Making History” at the Yale Centre for British Art celebrates the achievements of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the oldest independent learned society concerned with the study of the past. Through more than one hundred forty objects, including works from the Center and other collections at Yale, “Making History: Antiquaries in Britain” explores ways in which scholars have recorded, preserved, and interpreted history since the Society was founded in 1707. On view will be key loans from the Society, including a copy of the Magna Carta from 1225 and the twelfth-century Winton Domesday book. The exhibition will also feature a rare Late Bronze Age shield (ca. 1300–1100 bce) discovered on a farm in Scotland in 1779; a medieval processional cross reportedly recovered from the field of the Battle of Bosworth (1485); the inventory of Henry VIII’s possessions at the time of his death (1550–51); a forty-foot-long illuminated “roll chronicle” on parchment detailing the genealogical descent of Henry II from Adam and Eve; detailed records of lost buildings and objects; an outstanding collection of historic royal portraits from Henry VI to Mary I; and works from the Arts and Crafts movement by William Morris, a Fellow of the Society and founder of the English Arts & Crafts movement whose country house, Kelmscott Manor, is owned by the Society.

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