Between 1993 and 1998, on behalf of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Dr David W Phillipson directed a five-year programme of field study at Aksum, the ancient Ethiopian capital. In an edited extract from his Albert Reckitt Archaeological Lecture, delivered at the Academy on 22 February 2000, he describes some aspects of one of the most remarkable civilisations of the ancient world.
Stained glass is a major form of medieval art, and provides the most immediately attractive aspect of many monuments. The Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi project is publishing a series of comprehensive, fully illustrated catalogues of medieval window glass. Professor C.M. Kauffmann FBA, the Chairman of the Academy’s CVMA Committee traces the progress of the British project from its earliest days.
The Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music is a joint project between Dr Margaret Bent FBA of the University of Oxford, and Professor Andrew Wathey of Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr Julia Craig-McFeely, the Project Manager, is developing the archive, database, web site and documentation for the project and undertaking digital photography (where photographs are not supplied by the library or archive concerned) and the enhancement and virtual restoration of images obtained. The aims are to digitize, archive and enhance images of British manuscripts of medieval polyphonic music, a rich and neglected repertory that survives mainly in fragmentary and often barely-legible
sources. Work on the first phase of the project began in 1998 with funding from the British Academy. The project directors here describe the work, and present examples of recent successes.
Dr Tom Henry, Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Painting at Oxford Brookes University, describes his work on a particular painting by Luca Signorelli, achieved during his term as British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Courtauld Institute, from 1997 to 2000.
In October 1998 the British Academy invited a number of distinguished academics and researchers to present papers at a one-day symposium designed to bring together a number of perspectives on the issue of educational standards. The resulting publication, ‘Educational Standards’, is the first serious attempt to bring together such a distinguished collection of contributions on the topic. In this extract, Dr Mike Cresswell considers the problem of using public examination results as monitors of changes in educational standards over time.
Introductory remarks for [British Academy] Review, January–July 2000 issue.
Earlier this year (2000), the Council of the Academy decided to instigate an enquiry into graduate studies in the UK.
The Master-Mind Lecture was delivered at the British Academy on 13 April 2000, by M.F. Burnyeat FBA. In this extract, he illustrates Plato’s power to speak across the millennia.
Delivered by Sir Tony Wrigley PBA to the 98th Annual General Meeting of the Academy, on 6 July 2000.
Article about the report on ‘British Academy Support for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences’ (the product of a 1999-2000 review).