Meetings & Events
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.
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.