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The Society of Antiquaries of London is holding a series of public lectures which are free and open to all. Of the five lectures between September 2012 and May 2013,  the first, on 18 September 2012, was on the use of archaeology as a rehabilitative technique for injured soldiers in Afghanistan: this lecture by Richard Osgood FSA can now be watched online.

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The next two lectures will be of particular interest to some readers of the Wellcome Library blog.  Both are by outstanding scholars and Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries. The first, on Tuesday 5 February 2013, to be given by Karen Hearn, is “Great with child: Tudor and Jacobean Pregnancy Portraits”. In 1995 Karen Hearn organized the Tate Gallery exhibition Dynasties: painting in Tudor and Jacobean England 1530-1630, and has published much else on English portraiture since then. Both pregnancy and portraiture are of course essential to dynasties, and this lecture will be an opportunity to hear Karen’s latest thoughts about how the imminent continuation of the family was represented in programmatic portraits.

The following lecture, on Saturday 5 March 2013, is by Sophie Oosterwijck, a mediaevalist in the School of Art History, University of St Andrews. Her research has focused on the danse macabre and the iconography of death, sculpture and tomb monuments, manuscripts, and early printing, in the Netherlands, Great Britain, and elsewhere. She will be speaking on “Reading medieval child monuments”.

The lecture tickets can be booked online at (telephone 020 7479 7080 for further details and information on ticketing). The lectures are at the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly London W1J 0BE.

Author: William Schupbach

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