Our next meeting
For the Society's second meeting this month we meet at our new London venue, the Society of Antiquaries of London, next Monday, 23 January, at 6.15pm GMT.
Our speaker is Jennifer Adam, Curator at the Bank of England Museum, and the title of her talk is Slavery and the Bank: the Bank of England's links with transatlantic slavery. Her work involves research and caring for numismatic, art and social history collections, in order to link their stories to people's lives today through displays and exhibitions. Prior to joining the Bank of England Jennifer worked at the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum.
Jennifer curated the Bank's current exhibition which explores its links to transatlantic slavery in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, which showed the public desire for institutions to be open about their history and connections with slavery and colonialism. From its inception in 1694 the Bank was linked to the likes of the Royal Africa Company and, 80 years later, loaned a large sum of money to the owners of two sugar plantations in Grenada. The owners defaulted on the loan and the Bank eventually bought them out and came into sole possession of the plantations and their enslaved workforces in the late 1780s. The Bank then sold the plantations to the West India merchant James Baillie for £100,000 in 1790.
The SAL is located at Burlington House, on the north side of Piccadilly, opposite the Fortnum & Mason department store. Proceed through the archway leading to the House and the SAL is on the ground floor of the west wing of the building, at the far end of the courtyard, entered through a pair of brown doors.
The nearest Underground stations are Piccadilly Circus and Green Park, both 5 minutes' walk away. Those attending meetings in person will be required to sign the SAL's Visitors' Book.
If you are in London that day we look forward to your company, otherwise please join us on Zoom. To join the meeting online, members have been emailed the log-in instructions.If you are using the desktop version of Zoom, please ensure that you are using the most up-to-date version before joining us. The meeting itself will commence with formal business at 6.15pm and the lecture will begin immediately after that.
Our lecture on 23 January : In 2022 the Bank of England Museum opened a new exhibition exploring the Bank's institutional links to transatlantic slavery. It explores the links between slavery and the Bank through the private business of early Bank officials, and the Bank's place in the wider financial system of the time. It also highlights the Bank's ownership of two sugar plantations in the late 1700s and the enslaved people who worked there. This talk looks at the key themes of the exhibition, with an additional focus on the numismatic material.
Dates for your diary
January 23. Society meeting (London)
February 8-9. Puddester Collection, Part I (London). noonans.co.uk
February 27. Society meeting (London)
March 2. Higginson Collection (London). stjauctions.com
April 12. Comber Collection, Part IV (London). stjauctions.com
June 24. Historical Medal Congress (Warwick). historicalmedalsociety@gmail.
July 15. The Society's Summer Symposium: Coin hoards – discovery and interpretation
August 3 to 6. Orders and Medals Society of America Convention (Orlando). omsa.org
August 8 to 12. American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money (Pittsburgh). money.org
September 29-30. COINEX (London). bnta.net
October 10 to 14. FIDEM XXXVII (Florence). fidem-medals.org