We were delighted to welcome the British Ambassador to the Italian Republic, Jill Morris CMG, to the British Academy on 10 June 2019 to give our final UK lecture for the 2018–19 academic year. It was an honour to host Her Excellency in London for an event that further demonstrated the British School at Rome’s strong working relationship with the British Embassy in Rome.
In her talk entitled ‘UK–Italy: reflections on a historical and contemporary relationship’, Her Excellency discussed the historical connections between the UK and Italy, considered the relationship between the two countries as seen from her position as Ambassador, and highlighted how the BSR and the Embassy were collaborating and partnering on projects as part of a ‘British family in Italy.’
The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A, the audience asking a broad range of questions concerning the current political situation in Italy, and whether Brexit would affect the work the BSR undertakes in the future.
We were also honoured and pleased that our President, HRH Princess Alexandra, attended this special event.
From left to right: Professor Stephen J. Milner (Director, BSR), HRH Princess Alexandra, HMA Jill Morris CMG, Professor Charles Tripp (Vice-President (British International Research Institutes), The British Academy), Dr Robin Jackson (Interim Chief Executive, The British Academy).
The evening was also well attended by our Council members, alumni, Ashby Patrons and Members, as well as long-standing friends of the BSR, many of whom Her Royal Highness was delighted to meet at the reception after the lecture.
You can watch a video recording of the event, which includes the Q&A, below.
Text by Natasha Burbridge (Development Officer). Photographs by Greg Allen. Video recording by Steve Wells.