Open Academy | Open Valley

FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER 15.30–19.00


A guided walk through the Valle Giulia with a focus on the special collections of the foreign academies.

This event will take place in English and Italian. Please meet outside the BSR at 15.20 for a 15.30 start.

Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. This international festival promotes public engagement with humanities research, specifically highlighting the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world. The theme this year is ‘Discoveries & Secrets’.

The BSR will celebrate the Festival by holding an Open Academy | Open Valley event on 11 October 2019 which will take the form of a guided walk around the valley with 10-minute stops at each participating Academy. At each institution ‘walkers’ will be shown an object which communicates something of its history in relation to the festival theme: ‘Discoveries & Secrets’. The journey between these stops will be as important as the ‘object encounters’ along the way. Walkers will be guided through the Valle Giulia by experts and encouraged to share their thoughts and responses. The walk will culminate at the BSR with a rinfresco during which we will discuss our discoveries and engage with a dance performance. It is hoped that the event will strengthen and foster community relations amongst the various stakeholders in the Valle Giulia and promote the humanities research that takes place at the Academies.