Director Christopher Smith, staff and residents in May 2012

Legacies and Planned Giving

Some of the most significant gifts to the British School at Rome in the last 50 years have been legacies.

You may choose to support a specific academic or artistic area of the BSR, or designate your legacy to support the area in most urgent need at the time.

Legacy Types

Residual Gift – this gift allows the remainder of your estate to go to the BSR after all other legacies, debts, or other liabilities have been met.

Pecuniary Gift – this is a fixed sum that you arrange to be given to the BSR.

Reversionary Gift – the kind of gift allows you to provide for your family first, with the ultimate legacy reverting to the BSR when the primary beneficiary dies.


Your will is a very personal matter, and whilst the Development Office will be pleased to discuss your intentions, we strongly advise you to consult your own legal advisor before drafting or altering it.

The British School at Rome enjoys full charitable status which means we receive the full value of your intended gift while possibly reducing the tax burden on your estate. Again, please seek professional advice on reducing your inheritance tax liability.

Other countries often provide for tax-free legacy contributions to the British School at Rome as well. Please contact the Development Office if you would like assistance for your particular situation.