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In the swim!

June 14th, 1889: our Society's Secretary received a letter from the Secretary to the Society of Antiquaries of London. It informed him

  1. a Conference of Archaeology Societies had been held on May 7th, 1889; a copy of its resolutions was enclosed;
  2. he was now seeking authorisation to submit 'the name of your Society for registration to the Council of the Society of Antiquaries in accordance with Resolution I, at their meeting on June 26th next';
  3. the first Congress of such registered Societies was to be held 'at the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, on Wednesday, July 17th, 1889, at 2 p.m.'.
The entrance to the premises of The Society of Antiquaries of London.
The entrance to the premises of The Society of Antiquaries of London.



Background

  • The May Conference had recommended that a Register of Antiquarian and Archaeological Societies (regarded as Societies in Union) should be kept at the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries, to which Societies wishing to be named in the Register should apply.
  • A registered Society would be expected to send its Publications and Meetings programmes to the Society of Antiquaries.
  • In return it would receive a free copy of the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries; and it would be able to purchase that Society's publication, Archaeologia, at the same price as that paid by the Society's Fellows.
  • Any Officer (or other authorised person) of a Society in Union would be provided with 'proper vouchers'. Presentation of these would allow the bearer to use, but not to borrow from, the Library of the Society of Antiquaries.
  • A Congress of Societies in Union would be held in London from time to time. A Registered Society in Union would be entitled to send two delegates to it.

Aims

  1. 'to promote the better organisation of Antiquarian research';
  2. 'to strengthen the hands of the local Societies in securing the preservation of ancient monuments, records, and all objects of Antiquarian interest'.

OUTCOME

The CWAAS Secretary was informed in a letter of July 8th, 1889, that the Society's name had been placed on the Register of Societies in Union with the Society of Antiquaries.

FAST FORWARD TO THE PRESENT DAY

  • Professor Emerita Rosemary J. Cramp, C.B.E., was President of CWAAS from 1984-1987.
  • She was President of The Society of Antiquaries of London 2001-2004.
  • The latter Society had suspended its custom of hanging painted portraits of its Presidents; however, in 2010 such a portrait of Rosemary was commissioned from Beka Smith and a photograph of it appears below, by kind permission of The Society of Antiquaries of London, and it now hangs in the Inner Library at Burlington House.
Professor Rosemary J. Cramp, C.B.E., Past President of The Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.
Professor Rosemary J. Cramp, C.B.E., Past President of The Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.



  

 


















































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