Since 1993, the Society has invited eminent scholars in the field to deliver a lecture, for which they can be awarded the Society Medal. These are usually held in London, in November. As a rule, the lectures are then published in the Bulletin. Since 2004, these events have been followed by a buffet reception, for which booking is required (please contact

In 2013, the Annual Medal Lecture was renamed the Gerard Turner
Memorial Lecture, in honour of the late Gerard Turner, the Society's
first President and founding Chairman.

Lectures took place at the Society of Antiquaries unless otherwise noted.

Previous Medal Lectures

1993 Robert Anderson
1994 David King
1995 John Heilbron at the Royal Institution
1996 John Leopold at the Royal Institution
1997 Allan Chapman
1998 David Bryden at the Royal Institution
1999 John North
2000 A.D. Baynes-Cope at the Linnaean Society
2001 Michael Cooper
2002 Gerard Turner
2003 Michael Wright
2004 Anita McConnell
2005 Paolo Brenni
2006 Willem Mörzer Bruyns
2007 Deborah Jean Warner
2008 Jim Bennett
2009 Mara Miniati
2010 Liba Taub
2011 Jeremy Collins
2012 Willem Hackmann
2013 Gloria C. Clifton
2014 Stuart Talbot
2015 Peter de Clercq

These lectures were published as follows:

R.G.W. Anderson, 'People and Museums: Expectations and Responses'
A brief report by Helen Turner appeared in SIS Bulletin 40 (1994), p. 15

David A. King, 'Making Instruments Talk: Some Medieval Astronomical Instruments and Their Secrets'
SIS Bulletin 44 (1995), 5-12

John L. Heilbron, 'Churches as Scientific Instruments'
SIS Bulletin 48 (March 1996), 4-9.

J.H. Leopold, 'Mechanical Globes circa 1500-1650'
SIS Bulletin 53 (June 1997), 5-8.

Allan Chapman, 'Gresham College: Scientific Instruments and the Advancement of Useful Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century England'
SIS Bulletin 56 (March 1998), 6-13.

D.J. Bryden, 'From 16th century London to 19th century Philadelphia. A peregrination through three centuries of instrument advertising and ephemera'
SIS Bulletin 61 (June 1999), 4-10.

John North, 'The Astrolabe and the Imagination'
SIS Bulletin 64 (March 2000), 3-6.

A.D. Baynes-Cope, 'A Scientist and Instruments'
SIS Bulletin 68 (March 2001), 6-9.

Michael Cooper, 'From Graduations on Metal to Binary Biphase Modulation, or From Land and Hydrographic Surveying to Geomatics'
SIS Bulletin 72 (March 2002), 2-10.

Gerard L'E Turner, 'Scientific Instruments: Why?'
SIS Bulletin 76 (March 2003), 2-4.

M.T. Wright, 'The Scholar, the Mechanic and the Antikythera Mechanism: complementary approaches to the study of an instrument'
SIS Bulletin 80 (March 2004), 4-11.

Anita McConnell, 'Instrument Makers in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'
SIS Bulletin 84 (March 2005), 3-8.

Paolo Brenni, 'Artist and Engineer: The Saga of 19th Century French Precision Industry'
SIS Bulletin 91 (Dec 2006), 2-11.

Willem Mörzer Bruyns, 'The Navigating Instruments of the National Maritime Museum Greenwich: Research in Progress'
SIS Bulletin 92 (March 2007), 23-28.

Deborah Jean Warner, 'Scientific Instruments and Quality Control'
SIS Bulletin 96 (March 2008), 2-8.

Jim Bennett, 'Sundials and the Rise and Decline of Cosmography in the Long Sixteenth Century'
SIS Bulletin 101 (June 2009), 4-9.

Mara Miniati, 'From the Astrolabe to the Telescope: Scientific Marvels in Medicean Florence'
SIS Bulletin 104 (March 2010), 2-7.

Liba Taub, 'Collecting Challenges for the Future'
SIS Bulletin 110 (September 2011), 5-13.

Jeremy Collins, 'Raiders of the Lost Archive: Sultan Murad III and All That!'
SIS Bulletin 113 (June 2012), 38-42.

Willem Hackmann, 'Spectacular Science through the Magic Lantern'
SIS Bulletin 116 (March 2013), 30-41.

Gloria C. Clifton, 'British Scientific Instrument Makers 1851-1914'
SIS Bulletin 120 (March 2014), 2-11.

Stuart Talbot, 'Shagreen and Fish-skin: On Scientific Instruments,
their Cases and Etui - Circa 1700-1800', SIS Bulletin 123 (December
2014), 10-27.

Peter de Clercq, 'The Travel Journals of Balthasar de Monconys (1608-
1665) and Zacharias Conrad von Uffenbach (1683-1734)', SIS Bulletin 128
(March 2016), 2-14.