Thomas Ashby, the very first Rome Scholar of the newly founded BSR in 1901 and its third Director, helped lay the foundation for what exists today – an interdisciplinary community of artists, scholars and architects not found anywhere else in the Commonwealth.
In the early 20th century Ashby’s vision only became reality through the support of those around him – private individuals, livery companies and universities all helped establish new scholarships and provide materials to study.
In the 21st century members of the Ashby Patrons recognise this collective responsibility to support scholarly research and artistic practice at the highest level. Their generous donations allow the BSR to rise to its true potential by providing support for activities which might otherwise remain unfunded.
In return, they enjoy some unique benefits – including the opportunity to spend a long weekend each year in Rome with fellow members meeting our award-holders and taking advantage of our expert knowledge of the city and its environs. Led by the Director and other experts, and organised around a particular theme, the visit makes for a very special weekend among like-minded individuals.
Ashby Patrons also value the annual Director’s Dinner in London, where they have the opportunity to get from him the latest news from the BSR and insights into the higher education and arts sectors, as well as on occasion hearing from special guest speakers or former award-holders.
If you have a love of Rome and Italian culture, and are interested in learning more about the Ashby Patrons, please contact the Development Office.