The British School at Rome

british school at rome

A center of excellence for archaeological studies and topography

Founded in 1901, the British School at Rome (also referred to as BSR) defines itself as “a centre of interdisciplinary research excellence in the Mediterranean supporting the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences”.

Located in the Valle Giulia, between the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Faculty of Architecture, the building was designed by Edwin Lutyens, and it was inaugurated for the International Exhibition of 1911 in Rome.


If you take a look at the school’s façade with its impressive stairways and the spectacular colonnade, you might be tricked to think you are in London, perhaps in front of the British Museum. The comparison with one of the greatest world art collections is not completely accidental: since its very beginnings, the British School served as a prolific research center for archaeology, history, and the fine arts.

The school shares work from Britain and boasts research centers in Fine Arts and Humanities, as well as an undergraduate summer school and a postgraduate course.


The center’s impressive library includes about 110,000 volumes between books and periodicals, and it is open to non-resident scholars. In addition, the school hosts numerous public events every month, such as public lectures and workshops. Most events can be attended in person or online upon registration.


Via Antonio Gramsci, 61

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