Director Christopher Smith, staff and residents in May 2012

The Ashby Society

Thomas Ashby

Thomas Ashby, our 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 scholars, architects and artists 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.

The Ashby Society

In the 21st century members of The Ashby Society recognise this collective responsibility, and their gifts allow the BSR to rise to its true potential by supporting areas which would otherwise remain unfunded.

These former award holders and friends enjoy some unique benefits – including the opportunity to spend a long weekend each year at the BSR in Rome with fellow Members taking advantage of our expert knowledge of Rome, relaxing with scholars and artists at dinner after a long day out in the city, or grabbing a packed lunch before heading out to a private site visit led by a BSR specialist – it makes for a very special weekend.

Members also value the annual Ashby Society Meeting in London when they meet with the Director, hear the latest news from Rome and participate in round-table discussions of the current challenges and opportunities of the higher education, arts and architecture sectors.

If you are interested in hearing more about the Ashby Society, please contact the Development Office.

Portrait of Ashby

Thomas Ashby on survey