BSR News | Spring 2020
We are proud to announce that the restoration of the BSR façade has been completed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lutyens' birth.
Find out more about the story of Sir Edwin Lutyens’ evolution as an architect, and how the BSR’s classical façade was part of that journey, in this article
2020 Highlights
Baroness Morgan of Cotes visits the BSR
On 4 February, the then Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Baroness Morgan of Cotes, visited the BSR, along with members of the British Embassy in Italy and representatives from MiBACT as part of 2020 UK/Italy Partners for Culture

After a lunch hosted by the BSR, Baroness Morgan took a tour of our premises, including a visit to artists'studios, a close-up session with selected items from our special collections and archive, and a presentation by our archaeology team of their recent work in Rome and on the Tiber.

Baroness Morgan’s visit followed hot on the heels of a visit to the BSR by Lord Fowler, Speaker of the House of Lords, as part of the discussions with the Italian Senate concerning upper chambers and democratic processes.

BSR visits Segni and Anagni in preparation for Becket2020
On Friday 14 February, the BSR acted as guide to a joint delegation led by Fr Robert McCulloch from the Vatican and the Very Rev. Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, on a visit to the historic towns of Segni and Anagni outside Rome, as part of the preparations for the Becket2020 programme, which will commemorate 850 years since Becket’s dramatic murder in Canterbury Cathedral. Less than three years later, in 1173, he was canonised by Pope Alexander III in Segni, at the church of Santa Lucia. Across the Sacco valley, at Anagni, at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata an Oratory of St Thomas Becket was later constructed on the site of an earlier Roman Mithraeum.
The Thomas Becket exhibition opens at the British Museum on 15 October, and the transfer of the relic of his tunic from Rome to Canterbury in July will form the centrepiece of a range of bilateral UK–Vatican events on the subject of church–state relations, martyrdom and freedom of religion involving the BSR and partners.​
March Mostra

Following the Italian governmental decree of 11 March regarding the COVID-19 virus, the BSR sadly had to cancel the March Mostra. However, the artists in residence installed their works reflecting the quality and varied practice of each resident.

Exhibiting artists in the show are: Wendelien Bakker, Paul Becker, Bea Bonafini, Max Fletcher, Yun Fu, Sharon Kelly, Sarah Pupo and Barbara Walker.

The exhibition has been made possible with support from the Incorporated Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Scholarships, the Linbury Trust, the Bridget Riley Art Foundation, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres Québec, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Wallace Arts Trust and the supporters of the Scholars’ Prize in Architecture.

To read the interviews with the artists click here
Rome and the Colonial City Conference
On 28 and 29 January the BSR hosted the conference Rome and the Colonial City , organised by the Impact of the Ancient City Project (Cambridge) in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. The conference was supported by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

To find out more about the speakers and the programme click here
2019 Highlights
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning in Archaeology
In November 2019, the BSR hosted a two day conference organised with the European Space Agency and University of Southampton titled Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning in Archaeology , sponsored by the British Embassy and UK Science and Innovation Network. The conference brought together leading experts to present on the latest applications of machine learning for archaeological data analysis and prospection, with the papers of the conference being published shortly. The BSR is taking an active role in this growing field, and is exploring various collaborative research and grant funding opportunities with the European Space Agency.

For the full programme click here
Members' visit to the London Mithraeum
BSR Members visited the London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE in September for a special Members-only event. Acclaimed artist and BSR alumnus Daniel Silver delivered an exclusive talk in the gallery where his latest work — Human Activity — is installed. Daniel spoke about how his inspiration, taken from the human form, history and archaeology, intersects with the historic world. Following Daniel's talk, our Members had the opportunity to visit the reconstructed Temple of Mithras and view the Roman artefacts found during excavations of the site. 
BIRIs in Rome and Ankara

In August the directors of the eight British International Research Institutes (BIRI) met together for the first time outside the UK during a two-day discussion and planning forum at the BSR. Topics of conversation ranged from common research concerns to the management and curation of archives and special collections and future collaborative projects. One joint venture which was funded by the British Academy’s Business Development Fund saw three BSR colleagues and former fellows attend a workshop at the British Institute in Ankara in September, and a further meeting in Edinburgh in February, to discuss the politics of water and sustainability across the centuries and possible future projects.
Cardinal Alessandro Albani: Collecting, Dealing and Diplomacy in Grand Tour Europe  Conference
On 11 and 12 December, the BSR and the Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l’Immagine di Roma presented an international conferenc e c o-organised by BSR Research Fellow Clare Hornsby, and supported by a grant from the Paul Mellon Centre.

The packed opening keynote lectures were given by Salvatore Settis and Carlo Gasparri, and attended by HMA Jill Morris.
To find out more about the speakers and programme click  here
BSR–Institute of Classical Studies Rome–London lecture
This year’s London lecture, given by Maria Cristina Biella, on ‘Thinking about the management of the Etruscan cities’, is now available online .
Image credits : BSR Director Stephen Milner and Baroness Morgan of Cotes: Teodora Pasquinelli. BSR visits Segni and Anagni: courtesy of the BSR. March Mostra 2020, intallation view: Marta Pellerini. Rome and the Colonial City Conference:Teodora Pasquinelli. Members' visit to the London Mithraeum: courtesy of the BSR London office. BIRIs in Rome and Ankara: Antonio Palmieri. Cardinal Alessandro Albani Conference:Antonio Palmieri