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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


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BSR News Winter 2015-16


After an extremely busy six months, we have, effectively, drawn the project to a successful close: our roof has been insulated and made watertight; our studios have new double-glazed windows and skylights; our gallery is temperature and humidity controlled; our 1960s Library basement has been treated to reduce substantially its humidity; our new boiler will now deliver heating and hot water at much greater efficiency, and is aided by solar panels. Once the heating units in the Sainsbury Lecture Theatre have been improved and the Director’s Garden is restored, the project will be complete.

All of this means that the Library is once again open to the public, and that our Residence is operating at full capacity.