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During the early eighteenth century, many valuable relics and artifacts were discovered throughout the British Empire, most of which were then relegated to private collections. To encourage further research into antiquity and to make knowledge of the discoveries more universal, The Society of Antiquaries of London was established. Through its membership, the Society recorded and published illustrated monographs of archaeological discoveries in Great Britain and Ireland. Now the handwritten minute books of the Society are available on microfilm to researchers and historians.
The minute books record proceedings of meetings, acquisitions to the society's library, and reports from members in the provinces. Subjects include many aspects of medieval history and culture as seen by leading experts of the 18th and 19th centuries. The illustrated monographs cover a vast range of historical and archaeological artifacts, including:
These meticulous records offer a unique source of details on historical events and figures. Included are personal items such as:
This collection will provide students and scholars of history and archaeology unique research opportunities into the pioneering discoveries of the early antiquaries.
Whether the change involves a print-to-electronic transition or a space reclamation project, there are bound to be questions, concerns and even resistance.
“These testimonies take the historical stories out of the realm of history and place them in the realm of the human.”