British School at Rome

British School at Rome

The British School at Rome, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens
Established 1901
Location Rome, Italy
London, United Kingdom
Coordinates 41°55′06″N 12°28′52″E / 41.9183°N 12.4812°E / 41.9183; 12.4812
Type Research centre
Humanities & Visual Arts
Director Christopher Smith
President HRH Princess Alexandra
Website Official website

The British School at Rome, which is based in Rome, Italy, is a leading humanities and fine arts research institution of the United Kingdom.[1]

Foundation and mission

The British School at Rome (BSR) was established in 1901 and granted a UK Royal Charter in 1912. Its mission is "to promote knowledge of and deep engagement with all aspects of the art, history and culture of Italy by scholars and fine artists from Britain and the Commonwealth, and to foster international and interdisciplinary exchange."[2] BSR is a registered charity under English law.[3]

History and location

In 1911, the British Pavilion for the International Exhibition in Rome, celebrating 50 years since Italian reunification, was granted in perpetuity to the British nation – on condition that it be used exclusively as a research centre for archaeology, history and the fine arts. In 1916, after significant adaptation by its architect, Edwin Lutyens, the BSR moved into its current home in what is now via Antonio Gramsci, in the Valle Giulia.[2] In 2002, a new purpose-built lecture theatre and gallery spaces, designed by architect Hugh Petter and sponsored by the Sainsbury family, were opened by the BSR’s President, HRH Princess Alexandra.[4] The BSR is immediately adjacent to the Villa Borghese gardens and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna.

Awards and fellowships

Today, the BSR awards full-board residential scholarships and fellowships to artists and scholars from across the Commonwealth for periods from 3 to 12 months. BSR awards are considered to enjoy substantial prestige within their respective fields.[5] All scholars, artists and award holders share the same, Lutyens-designed residence, which is located north of the Pincio in the Parioli district. As well as access to one of Rome's leading English-language art and archaeology libraries[6] awardees are lodged in the academy’s individual rooms and are catered for in the communal dining and recreational facilities. The fine art awards provide artists with purpose-built, fully equipped, live-in studios and workshop facilities.[7]

Awards, based on an international, open access application system, are made in the following fields: Archaeology of Italy and the Mediterranean; Late Antique and Medieval History; Renaissance and Enlightenment studies; Modern Italian Studies; Architectural History; Architecture including Landscape Architecture; contemporary visual arts practice.[8]

List of ongoing Fine Arts awards[9]

Notable award holders in the field of Fine Arts include Mark Wallinger (Henry Moore Fellowship, 1998);[13] Alison Wilding RA;[14] Stephen Farthing RA (Abbey Scholarship in Painting, 1976);[15] and Emma Stibbon RA (Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship, 2010).[16]

List of ongoing Humanities awards[17]

Notable alumni in the field of Humanities include archaeologist Thomas Ashby (the first student of the BSR, who later became its Director), historian Simon Martin and art historian Helen Langdon (Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellow, 2000).

Governance and leadership

The British School at Rome is one of the sponsored institutes of the British Academy, whilst maintaining itself as an autonomous body.[18] It receives financial support from the British Academy, award sponsors, private donors and its membership.[19] The BSR is led by a Director, who has traditionally been a senior humanities scholar in the fields of Classical history, art history and/or archaeology.

List of directors


See also


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  2. 1 2 Wallace-Hadrill, A., 2001. The British School at Rome: One Hundred Years, London: British School at Rome
  3. Charity Commission. THE BRITISH SCHOOL AT ROME, registered charity no. 314176.
  4. John, Richard, 2010. Robert Adam: The Search for a Modern Classicism, Images Publishing.
  5. "Rome residency awarded to NAS graduate".
  6. "Walter, John, 2008. John Walter – British School at Rome, a-n. Available at: [Accessed March 1, 2012].". External link in |title= (help)
  7. "Kevin Mckay BSR blog".
  8. "Abbey Awards scholarships in painting".
  9. "BSR Fine arts awards".
  10. "Linbury Trust (trustee of Sainsbury Scholarships) website".
  11. "Abbey Scholarship website".
  12. 1 2 "BSR awards page website".
  13. "Anthony Reynolds Gallery, Mark Wallinger biography".
  14. Press, O.U., 2012. Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators, Oxford University Press.
  15. "Royal Academy, Stephen Farthing CV biography".
  16. "Royal Academy, Emma Stibbon CV biography".
  17. "BSR Humanities awards".
  18. "Academy-Sponsored Institutes".
  19. "Financial Support".
  20. "History". The British School at Rome. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  21. "STUART-JONES, Sir Henry". Who Was Who. A & C Black. December 2007.
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  23. Boardman, John (2004). "Ashmole, Bernard (1894–1988)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
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  26. "HARDIE, Colin Graham". Who Was Who. A & C Black. May 2009.
  27. "RADFORD, (Courtenay Arthur) Ralegh". Who Was Who. A & C Black. May 2009.
  28. "WARD-PERKINS, John Bryan". Who Was Who. A & C Black. December 2007.
  29. "WHITEHOUSE, Dr David Bryn". Who's Who 2012. A & C Black. 2012.
  30. "BULLOUGH, Prof. Donald Auberon". Who Was Who. A & C Black. December 2007.
  31. "BARKER, Prof. Graeme William Walter". Who's Who 2012. A & C Black. 2012.
  32. "HODGES, Prof. Richard Andrew". Who's Who 2012. A & C Black. 2012.
  33. "Prof Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, OBE, FSA". People of Today. Debrett's. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  34. "Staff and Fellows". The British School at Rome. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
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