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 next Study Day is planned to be Battle Abbey in May 2018. Details will be sent to members closer to the time.

The Honorary Study Day organisers are Dr James Alexander Cameron and Dr Jana Gajdošová. Suggestions for study days are welcome, particularly if you can help the BAA get access to parts of buildings not usually open to the general public and of particular interest to its members.

Past study days

  • 2017 (October) Windsor Castle: medieval architecture, archaeology and conservation
    Led by Dr Stephen Brindle and Tim Tatton Brown
    Photo gallery
  • 2017 (May) Abergavenny Priory: medieval choir stalls, tomb sculpture and building archaeology
    Led by Dr Charles Tracy, Dr Kim Woods and Dr George Nash
    Photo gallery
  • 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) Llancarfan and Llantwit Major, South Wales: medieval wall painting, architecture and sculpture
    Led by Dr Jane Rutherfoord and Dr David Robinson
  • 2013 (October) British Museum: ivories and alabasters
    Led by Lloyd de Beer
  • 2013 (May) Southwell Minster: site history Roman to post-medieval
    Led by Dr Philip Dixon
  • 2013 (January) Lambeth Palace: building history and conservation
    Led by Tim Tatton Brown
  • 2012 (October) Trinity College Library, Cambridge: manuscripts
  • 2012 (May) Harmondsworth: timber barn and Romanesque architectural sculpture at the parish church
    Led by Dr Edward Impey and Dr Ron Baxter
  • 2011 (April) York: stained glass in the chapter house, east window conservation, parish churches of All Saints North Street, St Michael Coney Street and St Martin-cum-Gregiry
    Led by Prof. Sarah Brown and Prof. Tim Ayers
  • 2010 (October) Atcham: lapidary collection
  • 2010 (September) Cluny: special exhibition
  • 2010 (May) Shorthampton church in Oxfordshire: wall paintings
    Led by Dr Mellie Naydenova-Slade and Mark Perry
  • 2009 (October) Lincoln cathedral: choir stalls and roof
    Led by Dr Charles Tracy and Prof. Peter Draper
  • 2009 (March) Bosham church, Sussex: building stones
  • 2008 (June) White Tower in the Tower of London: architectural history

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