Ancient Monuments Society
The Ancient Monuments Society, St Ann's Vestry Hall, 2 Church Entry, London EC4V 5HB
Tel: 020 7236 3934
Email: office AT ancientmonumentssociety.org.uk
Despite our name the AMS is concerned with the study and conservation of buildings of all periods and styles.
We are recognised as one of the National Amenity Societies, and as such are informed of any application for listed building consent in England and Wales involving demolition. However we are unique amongst the Amenity Societies in that buildings of all ages fall within our remit. 'Ancient Monument' is a notoriously ambiguous term, but we take it to mean any man-made structure of architectural or historical interest - including houses, whether vernacular or polite, barns, almshouses, dovecotes, mills, churches and chapels. We are also the slimmest of all the Amenity Societies, and rely on members, donations and bequests to continue our work.
Partnership with the Friends of Friendless Churches
The AMS has always been especially concerned with the preservation of redundant churches. In 1980 we entered into a partnership with the Friends of Friendless Churches, an organisation with direct responsibility for thirty seven churches which would otherwise have been demolished, fallen into decay, or been unsympathetically converted. While both organisations retain their independence they co-operate in handling ecclesiastical cases.
As well as campaigning on behalf of historic buildings, the AMS was founded to promote the study of architectural history and conservation. Our Transactions (TAMS) have been published in hard copy, and distributed to members each year since 1953. In 2006 we compiled a full list of all articles published which is reproduced on the AMS website.
Libraries with a complete set of the Transactions include: The British Library, the Royal Institute of British Architects Library and the Society of Antiquaries (all in London) and the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales (although the latter is missing volumes 1953-5, 1974 & 1993). Each year the Transactions is also deposited at the usual copyright libraries.
Each of the AMS Newsletters details over 100 events taking place throughout the country organised by kindred societies, museums and universities.
Our own events are normally only open to members and their guests, however if you would like to attend any of these please contact the office on 020 7236 3934.