Meetings & Events

Study days

The Association has hosted a series of study days to provide an opportunity for a small group to meet at a building to discuss particular themes and problems under the guidance of experts. The BAA is committed to running two study days a year – one in Spring and one in Autumn – and occasionally offers additional continental study days in conjunction with exhibitions.

BAA British Museum study day, October 2013

BAA British Museum study day, October 2013

What is a study day

For Association Members and postgraduate students, a Study Day is the perfect opportunity to gain privileged access to art and architecture in the company of experts and fellow enthusiasts. Launched in 2008, these events encourage students to engage with methods and approaches employed by specialists in particular areas of the history of art, architecture and archaeology. Whether out in the field analysing architectural monuments, sitting in a historic library turning the pages of world famous manuscripts, or studying the individual brushstrokes of a stained glass panel set on a light box, Study Days bring together world experts, established scholars and students in a forum which encourages engagement, discussion and the sharing of ideas as well as knowledge. With around 20 participants each event is designed so that everyone can engage directly with the artefacts and take part in the discussions. A number of places are always reserved for postgraduate students and financial support is available to help them attend.

Each year the Association organises at least two Study Days. In the Spring we make the most of long light days by visiting architectural or archaeological sites. The Autumn Study Days move indoors and, being artefact based, are held at a museum, archive or library.

The projected May 2016 study day at Abergavenny Priory has had to be postponed, and will now take place in May, 2017.

Past study days

  • 2015 (October) Blythe House (Clothworkers Centre): medieval textiles
  • 2015 (May) Castle Acre: castle, town and monastery in context
  • 2014 (October) Lincoln cathedral: archaeology and stone conservation
  • 2014 (August) Aachen: Charlemagne 814-2014 exhibition
  • 2014 (May) South Wales: Llancarfan and Llantwit Major
  • 2013 (October) British Museum: ivories and alabasters
  • 2013 (May) Southwell Minster: site history Roman to post-medieval
  • 2013 (January) Lambeth Palace: building history and conservation
  • 2012 (October) Trinity College Library, Cambridge: manuscripts
  • 2012 (May) Harmondsworth: timber barn and Romanesque architectural sculpture
  • 2011 (April) York: stained glass
  • 2010 (October) Atcham: lapidary collection
  • 2010 (September) Cluny: special exhibition
  • 2010 (May) Shorthampton church in Oxfordshire: wall paintings
  • 2009 (October) Lincoln cathedral: choir stalls and roof
  • 2009 (March) Bosham church in Sussex: building stones
  • 2008 (June) White Tower in the Tower of London: architectural history