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!
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.