Catherine Fletcher, David Rundle, Piers Baker-Bates and Mike Carr at the Society for Renaissance Studies conference, July 2014

The recent Society for Renaissance Studies biennial conference in Southampton provided a showcase for the wide range of Italian Renaissance research done by recent award-holders of the British School at Rome.  Under the title ‘BSR@SRS’, a stimulating series of four sessions took us from the Tre- to Cinquecento, from political and diplomatic history to the history of art and architecture, from humanism to the Counter-Reformation, and from Naples to Lombardy to Venice and beyond, as well as Rome itself.  Many of the papers were based on work done in Rome or elsewhere in Italy while holding BSR awards.


Rebecca Gill discusses ‘The Road from Original Sin to Purgatory: Performance at the Sacro Monte di Varallo’

No less than this programme and the discussions that resulted, the camaraderie established over these days amongst BSR alumni shows why the School is such an inspiring place, and truly Britain’s home address for Italian Renaissance studies.

Images and text by Oren Margolis (Rome Awardee 2012-13)




Joanne Allen (Rome Awardee 2010-11); Piers Baker-Bates (Rome Scholar 2002-3); Mike Carr (Rome Fellow 2012-13); Peter Fane-Saunders (Rome Fellow 2010-11); Catherine Fletcher (Rome Fellow 2009-10); Rebecca Gill (Rome Fellow 2012-13); Jill HarrisonOren Margolis (Rome Awardee 2012-13); David Rundle (Paul Mellon Fellow 2010-11; Rome Awardee 1994-5); Tom True (Giles Worsley Travel Fellow 2013-14; Rome Scholar 2009-10)