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Six key themes: from prehistory to the contemporary


A rich and varied archive of over 100,000 items

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Welcome to the BSR

Welcome to one of the most prestigious research academies in Rome. For over 100 years world-class researchers of the art, history and culture of the western Mediterranean and the best contemporary artists in the Commonwealth have been nurtured at the BSR.

They still are.

We are the bridge between the intellectual and cultural heart of Rome and Italy, and creative and academic researchers from Britain and the Commonwealth. We celebrate these achievements, and welcome you to begin to explore what the BSR can offer you, and how you can be a part of a very special place.

Christopher Smith, Director of the BSR


What’s on at the BSR

Next exhibition of works by BSR Fine Arts award-holders: 12 June 2015

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Creativity & creative research

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We are now a little more than half-way through the Sustainable Building Project. In (sometimes literally) concrete terms, this means that the roof work on the east and north wings of the building is now complete, and the artists’ studios have new windows and skylights. Further good news is that new hot water heaters have been installed.

Below ground, work continues on remedying the 1960s Library basement, so our periodicals will also have a dry future, and the builders have already begun work on the west wing roof.

We are pleased to say that our Residence is now operating at full capacity once again.

See our Library pages for updates on opening dates and the availability of our collections.

Follow our blog to keep up-to-date with the project’s progress.