In celebration of the feast of Thomas Becket and the 800th anniversary of the creation of his shrine, the 2020 edition of The Journal of the British Archaeological Association is a special issue focused on Becket. On 7 July 2020, John Jenkins’ article reconstructing the shrine was published (in advance of the full issue).
BAA members get a new discount on the Association’s Conference Transactions: BAA members now receive is 30% and the discount code should be BAA230.
Digitisation of the full run of Journals of the British Archaeological Association – from 1845 to the current issue – has been completed and is available to all members who are fully paid up. To access the journal, click on the ‘members’ area’ link at the top right of the page. Your username is the email address you have registered with the BAA. If you don’t already have a password, use the ‘forgot my password link’ to set one up.
Transactions of the fourth of the Association’s series of International Romanesque conferences ‘Romanesque Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage’, edited by John McNeill and Richard Plant, has been published. Details can be found here.
The intended 2020 Summer Conference in Chichester was also postponed. At the February 2021 Council meeting it was decided to hold this over to 2023. The next summer conference will now be held in Košice (Slovakia) from 17-21 July, 2022
Many BAA members are currently conducting research under testing conditions, with no access to libraries or other resources. Yet many BAA members have substantial libraries and digital archives of their own, which collectively represent a significant and largely untapped resource. This new scheme offers BAA members a way of working together in these difficult times: anyone who needs materials or might be able to offer them should open this BAA resources page, where there are further details.
All lectures of the 2020-21 season have been delivered thus far virtually on Zoom. We very much regret the temporary disappearance of the monthly BAA lecture as a physical event, but with the publication of the government ‘roadmap’ for the gradual relaxation of restrictions it has become clear that the remaining lectures of the 202-21 season will also be online only. We hope to resume meetings at the Society of Antiquaries with the Association’s AGM on Wednesday, 6 October, 2021.
It was with great sadness that the Association received the news of the recent death of longstanding member and former Reviews Editor, David McLees. For a short obituary, click here.