Archive receives donation of 20th-century press photographs of the Roman Forum

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From left to right: Valerie Scott (BSR Librarian), Christopher Smith (BSR Director), Liam Jensen-Kohl, Alessandra Giovenco (BSR Archivist). 

This week we were delighted to receive a very special donation for our Archive.

A collection of 20th-century press photographs in and around the Roman Forum was generously donated by Lynette Jensen, and consists of 75 black and white press photographs taken between the years 1924 and 1993 (its sister collection of engravings and photographs sits in the Museum of Ancient Cultures, Macquarie University, in Sydney, and traces the depiction of the Roman Forum from the first days of printing to the early 20th century).

This new collection is a valuable addition to our Photographic Archive which already holds over 100,000 items – prints and negatives of rare and unique collections. The Lynette Jensen Collection, Roman Forum 20th-Century Press Photographs will be available for consultation for study purposes, so please email our Archivist Alessandra Giovenco to find out more.

Lynette hopes that the photographs ‘might go a small way in reflecting the enormously important role the BSR plays in Australian scholarship and the gratitude and fondness Australians feel for the British School at Rome’.

Many thanks to Liam Jensen-Kohl (pictured above) who archived and prepared the collection, and brought it all the way from Australia!

Students protesting against sound and light shows in the Forum in the early 1970s.

Students protesting against sound and light shows in the Forum in the early 1970s.

'ROMAN AUTOS GET CHURCH'S BLESSING' for the feast day of Santa Francesca Romana - patron saint of Roman automobilists!

‘ROMAN AUTOS GET CHURCH’S BLESSING’ for the feast day of Santa Francesca Romana – patron saint of Roman automobilists.

Yet more cars outside of the colosseum. No blessing this time - just a traditional Roman traffic jam.

Yet more cars outside of the Colosseum. No blessing this time – just a traditional Roman traffic jam.

It seems that no photographer can resist the classic combination of Roman ruins and cats.

It seems that no photographer can resist the classic combination of Roman ruins and cats.

 


 

Natalie Arrowsmith (Communications Manager)

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