Since September 2020, attendance at SJH lectures has only been possible online via zoom, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All lectures have been recorded, together with questions from the audience, and are available to members
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We hope to return to Burlington House as soon as it is safe to do so.
We will continue to make lectures available online in the future, including those that take place at the Society of Antiquaries when we have returned there, and will be loading all past online lectures
Lectures available online
22 September 2020
The ‘Tara’ brooch: the making of an early medieval masterpiece from Ireland
Dating to around AD 700, the 'Tara' brooch is the creation of a virtuoso. Working on a minute scale, its maker prized intricate and precise design for its own sake, and used so many different techniques that it can be regarded as a masterpiece in the true sense of the word, demonstrating his range of skills. When it was displayed in London in 1863, one of the Castellani brothers remarked that it had been ‘worth the journey from Italy to see it’. This talk, based in part on unpublished research, shows why Castellani was so impressed.
27 October 2020
Titanium the magical metal
In this talk, the jeweller Dr Lynne Bartlett describes her research into titanium, a metal that has been widely used in jewellery since the middle of the twentieth century, and which she uses in her own work. Titanium has been mainly appreciated for its colour potential, and recent decades have seen its increasing use as a lightweight metal for setting diamonds. The talk outlines the early history of its use, highlighting the different techniques employed, and present research into the behaviour of the surfaces of titanium before and after colouring, explaining why the effects achieved can be variable.