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2014/15 Programme

All lectures will take place at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 (next to the Royal Academy) at 6.30 pm Wine is available afterwards until 8.30 pm, unless indicated otherwise. Guests are welcome. Lectures are included in the annual subscription. Admission to events marked * is by ticket only, details will be published in The Heraldry Gazette. Fellowship decorations may be worn at events marked +.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014
From Kimono to Logo
Simon Wright, Senior Cultural Affairs Co-ordinator, Embassy of Japan

A look at more recent Japanese mon and their many punning ways. Can contemporary British Heraldry learn from the recent story of the mon?

Chairman: David Phillips


Friday, 3rd October 2013 *
A Visit to the Palace of Westminster

Saturday, 18 October 2014 *
This Saturday Lecture Meeting will be held at 11.00am in Senate House, University of London. Details in September mailing.
The Origins of Heraldry and the Crusades
Dr Paul Fox, FSA, Heraldry Society Chairman

The exact role of crusaders in the story of heraldry has been debated for centuries. Recent scholarship on key crusading families has shed new light on the origins of heraldry – with religious beliefs playing an important role.

Chairman: Arline Fisher

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 +
Annual General Meeting
followed by The Mark Elvins Memorial Lecture
The Heraldic Treasures of the Foundation of St Katherine

Dr Andrew Gray

A Hospital dedicated to St Katherine was founded by Matilda, Stephen’s Queen. Although its site is now a dock, its heraldic relics are scattered over north and east London.

Chairman: Priscilla Frost


Wednesday, 19 November 2014 +
The Constance Egan Lecture: The Heraldry of Art
Tim Noad, Heraldic Artist at the College of Arms

Heraldry has made a great impact on the history of art, particularly in English portraiture, and the ways in which artists and the Heralds engaged with the subject will be investigated in this talk.

Chairman: Clive Alexander, BEd


Wednesday, 17 December 2014 +
The Scriveners’ Company Lecture: The Heraldry of the Spencer Family
Patrick Cracroft-Brennan, Hon FHS

Looking at early grants of arms to the Spencer family, and how, in the late 16th century, they were persuaded to make a claim that they descended from the mediæval Despencer family and to adopt a variant of their arms.

Chairman: John J. Tunesi of Liongam, MSc, FSA Scot


Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Insignia of Independence: The Institution of Indigenous Honours in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Rafe Heydel-Mankoo, MA

The creation of honours as a means of developing a sense of national identity in order to assert independence from the "mother land".

Chairman: Dr Richard Baker, FHG


Tuesday, 17 February 2015 +
Anniversary Luncheon
The Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London. Guest of Honour: to be announced. 12.30pm for 1.00pm. Details in December mailing.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 +
The John Brooke-Little Lecture Grants of Arms by 'Private' Individuals in England and Wales c.1300-1450
Dr Adrian Ailes, FSA, FHS

During the Middle Ages, arms in England and Wales had not always been granted by heralds or by the sovereign; the earliest extant grant by an officer of arms dates to 1439. This paper examines the 33 known grants made between 1300 and 1450 by ‘private’ men and women, some of no more than local importance and significance.

Chairman: Dr Clive Cheesman, FSA, Richmond Herald


Wednesday, 18 March, 2015
Danish Heraldry – An Introduction
Ronny Andersen, Danish Royal Herald Painter

The Danish national arms date from ca 1196, and enjoy special protection. Official heraldry in Denmark is regulated, while personal heraldry is not. The use of specific heraldic rank insignia has a special history as have the armorial traditions of the royal orders of knighthood. This paper will touch upon these aspects with examples historic and modern.

Chairman: Jenny Baker, MPhil

Saturday, 28th March 2015 *
The Magna Carta

This Saturday Study Day will be held in Senate House, University of London. Details in December mailing.


Wednesday, 15th April 2015
The Imperial Arms of Queen Elizabeth I
Dr Oliver Harris

An exploration of an elaborate marshalling of the royal arms which surfaced briefly in the 1590s, discussed in the context of Tudor conceptions of 'empire'.

Chairman: Robert Harrison, Hon FHS


Tuesday, 5 May 2015
A Visit to The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy (Chapel of the Royal Victorian Order)
2.00pm. Details in March mailing.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Football and Heraldry
David Phillips

Heraldry plays an important role in the identity of the game of Association Football. This lecture will examine several important grants made in connection with the game at the both the College of Arms and at Lyon Court.

Chairman: Martin Davies


Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Summer Reception
6.30pm - 8.30pm
at The Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks,
Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ
Details in March mailing.

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