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Six key themes: from prehistory to the contemporary


A rich and varied archive of over 100,000 items

More about our library and collections


Architecture, Humanities, Fine Arts

Residential awards at the BSR


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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

Residential awards

Creativity & creative research

Supporting the BSR

Staying at the BSR

Taught courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students


Details of our autumn 2015 events will soon be available here. Please join our mailing list by clicking on the link below to keep up-to-date with what’s happening at the BSR.


Thanks to the generosity of several major donors, we have secured enough funding to begin the Sustainable Building Project, starting this summer.

RESIDENCE: Our Residence will be operating at low occupancy from July to mid-November (closed in August).

LIBRARY: The Library and the Archive will be closed from Saturday 27 June to Monday 31 August inclusive and from Saturday 14 November to Sunday 6 December inclusive.
The following collections – 691 MAR – 691 VEN; 700s; Off Prints; Periodicals — will not be available for consultation from 27 June to 6 December 2015 but all other sections will be available. There may be some disruption and noise and we apologise for any inconvenience.