A century-long tradition…tennis at the BSR

When carrying out her tireless work as BSR Archivist, Alessandra Giovenco often finds hidden gems that are of more than academic interest.

Alessandra recently came across this photograph taken by Thomas Ashby (BSR Director 1906-1925) in the early 20th century. The photograph shows BSR residents taking a break from their research, albeit a rather sedentary break for some of the figures featured!

Image courtesy of the BSR Archive

Image courtesy of the BSR Archive

Alessandra says, “This type of photograph is not often exhibited, but it shows that Ashby remained a keen photographer in his leisure time. Thanks to him, we have in our collections photographic records that are not only of archaeological, historical, and anthropological interest, but are useful for giving us an insight into snippets of BSR life.”

In the 21st century, BSR residents continue to work hard and play hard, with the tennis court being put to use almost every day, when Rome’s notoriously tempestuous climate allows.

This dynamic aerial shot of current award-holders was taken during a particularly balmy period this winter

This dynamic aerial shot of current award-holders was taken during a particularly balmy period this winter

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