Exhibition of treasures from London’s Society of Antiquaries highlights milestones in British history

NEW HAVEN, CT.- This February, the Yale Center for British Art will present historic treasures of international importance from the Society of Antiquaries of London, a society for people concerned with the study of Britain’s past that was established three hundred years ago and still thrives today. Through more than one hundred forty objects, including works from the Center and other collections at Yale, Making History: Antiquaries in Britain will explore ways in which scholars have recorded, preserved, and interpreted history since the Society was founded in 1707. The exhibition marks the first North American tour of objects from the Society’s collection and has been organized by the Society of Antiquaries of London in association with the Yale Center for British Art and the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, where it will debut in September. The idea of Britain as a nation was promoted following the