In February 2018, faculty member Toby Musgrave was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Founded in 1707, the Society is England’s second oldest learned society and received its Royal Charter in 1751. Fellowship is regarded as recognition of significant achievement in the fields of archaeology, antiquities, history, and heritage.
Toby has been with DIS since 2010; he teaches the Garden Art in European Culture semester course, and this summer, he will teach European Greenspace. He is the author of 11 books and numerous articles on the subjects of garden and plant history and design.
Among the Society’s 3,000 other international fellows are naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, gastronome and author Lloyd Grossman, and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Past notable fellows include archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans who excavated the ruins of the ancient city of Knossos in Crete, and architect Sir John Soane, whose former home and office is now a must-see museum in London.
The Society’s mission is to promote the understanding of the material remains of the past, also working to prevent the willful destruction of archaeological and historic sites, and the illicit trade in antiquities. The Society supports the recognition of material remains created by all peoples in all parts of the world, promoting a respectful attitude towards different ways and traditions of valuing the past.
Congratulations on this incredible accomplishment, Toby!
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