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About us

The BSR’s history dates from 1901, when it was founded as a ‘school’ for research in archaeology and Italian studies.

‘Every period of the language and literature, antiquities, art and history of Rome and Italy shall be considered as coming within the province of the [BSR]’.

The BSR is situated in the Valle Giulia on the site of the 1911 British Pavilion. The Pavilion was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and then adapted by him to become the home of the British School at Rome. A major project of renovations and new buildings was completed in February 2004, with further work to improve the building’s sustainability being carried out in 2015-16.

Financial support comes from:

The majority of our staff are based in Rome but we have a small London office at the British Academy in London.

The British School at Rome is regulated by Royal Charter and is a registered charity in England & Wales No.314176

1912 Original Royal Charter

1995 Supplemental Charter

2012 amendments Privy Council Order