The British Archaeological Association was founded in 1843 for the study of archaeology, art, and architecture, and to promote the preservation of historic monuments and antiquities. It exists to enhance understanding of the material culture of Europe and the Mediterranean. It encourages research, organises conferences and publishes new work on the history of architecture and art of Roman to post-medieval date, with a particular interest in the art, architecture and archaeology of the Middle Ages, especially in Britain.
The Association embraces a wide spectrum of antiquarian and art historical interests, with architectural history, particularly of the medieval period, strongly represented. Archaeology is defined very broadly: in addition to traditional archaeological excavation, it is taken to encompass the study of standing buildings and a wide range of furnishings and artefacts. This breadth of interest continues the tradition of the founders of the Association who viewed buildings, written records and artefacts as equally valid evidence of the historical past and as falling within the remit of archaeology.
A major strength of the Association is the encouragement of debate across different disciplines: at the monthly lectures held in London from October to May, at the annual four-day medieval conference (whose proceedings are published for the benefit of members at large); at occasional study days and through papers published in the annual journal.
The Association has a long tradition of amateur involvement and offers opportunities for interested amateurs to meet and talk to professionals in an informal and friendly atmosphere.
The BAA is a Registered Charity (no. 1014821) and a company limited by guarantee and registered in England, number 2747476.
New members are always welcome and applications are invited from anyone pursuing an interest in archaeology, art & architectural history, history and related matters, whether as an amateur or in a professional capacity.