Appointment of three Assistant Directors

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three Assistant Directors to play vital roles in the delivery of the BSR’s Research Strategy and Strategic Plan from September 2018.


Dr Peter Campbell, Assistant Director for Archaeology and Archaeological Science

Peter Campbell Peter received his PhD in Archaeology from the University of Southampton. He was Research Fellow at the BSR in 2017-18. His research broadly examines maritime connectivity, examining sites such as Portus and waterbodies including the Tiber. Peter has directed archaeological projects in six countries, primarily in the central and eastern Mediterranean, including co-directing the Egadi Islands Survey Project and Fournoi Underwater Survey. Beyond maritime connectivity, Peter studies the illicit antiquities trade, research which has been used in policy papers and presented to the OSCE, INTERPOL, and UNESCO. He has experience teaching in a variety of higher education contexts, as well as taking new approaches to education through digital media such as FutureLearn and TED Ed. Peter is active in public engagement, publishing articles in Bloomberg, New York Times, and The Guardian, as well as recently appearing on BBC, CNN, History Channel, and National Geographic.


Dr Martina Caruso, Assistant Director for Art, Architecture and the Creative Industries

DSC_2793Martina received a BA (2001) in English and French Literature from the University of Oxford and an MA (2006) and PhD (2013) from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She has lectured on the history and theory of photography at the University of the Arts London (Camberwell and London College of Communication) and at John Cabot University in Rome, where she has also lectured on architecture under fascism. Her research interests include photography and modern and contemporary art practices with a focus on gender, postcolonialism and post-humanism. She serves on the board of members of the Archivio Giulio Turcato in Rome. Her book Italian Humanist Photography from Fascism to the Cold War was published by Bloomsbury in 2016.


Dr Harriet O’Neill, Assistant Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences

DSC_2811Harriet undertook her BA in Modern History at the University of Oxford and holds MAs in History of Art (UCL) and Art Museum and Gallery Studies (Newcastle). For her PhD entitled ‘Reframing the Italian Renaissance at the National Gallery’ she was based at UCL and the National Gallery, London. She has held curatorial positions at the National Gallery and Royal Holloway, and previously worked as specialist in frames and nineteenth- and twentieth-century art at Christie’s and Bonhams auctioneers. Harriet has published articles on frames and framing in the literal and the abstract, and will focus her research on Roman palace frames and hybrid objects while at the BSR. She is an Honorary Research Associate of the School of Modern Languages at Royal Holloway, University of London.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Thomas-Leo True — Assistant Director for the past three years — for his wholehearted contribution to the life and work of the BSR, and we wish him the best for the future. We look forward to continued collaboration with Tom over this year’s conference The Roman Art World in the Eighteenth Century and the Birth of the Art Academy in Britain, concluding a series of events celebrating the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.