'Thessaloniki, a Metro-polis through the centuries'

Dr Polyxeni Adam-Veleni (Director General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports)

Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 5 p.m.

At the Senate House (Malet St., Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU), South Block, Room 349

ICS/BSA Autumn Lecture

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HRH The Prince of Wales renews patronage of the BSA

“We are delighted to announce that HRH The Prince of Wales has agreed to continue as Patron of the British School at Athens for a further 5 years. The BSA is proud to have enjoyed Royal Patronage since its foundation in 1886. The Prince of Wales succeeded HRH The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, as Patron of the BSA in 1997. Our previous Patrons include King Edward VII who, as Prince of Wales, chaired the meeting that led to the foundation of the School, King George V and King George VI. His Royal Highness has visited the BSA on two occasions: in 1998 and earlier this year, when he was accompanied by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall during their first official joint visit to Greece.”    Dr Carol Bell, Chair of the Council of the BSA

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Michael Burke Walbank 1933-2018

The British School at Athens was saddened to hear of the passing on 25 May 2018 of Michael Walbank, Emeritus Professor at the University of Calgary, an important figure in Greek epigraphic studies and a long-time member and supporter of the BSA.

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JOB VACANCY: post of Assistant Director

Full-time, fixed term position (5 years)

The British School at Athens (BSA), an institute for advanced research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, seeks a full-time, fixed term (5 year) Assistant Director to take charge of its teaching programme and communications, conduct original research, contribute to its fundraising programme, and oversee the security and maintenance of its Athens premises.

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BSA Library and Hostel closure dates

The Library will be CLOSED from Monday 10th September to Sunday 30th September (3 weeks ) for the annual cleaning and maintenance. 

The Hostel will remain CLOSED until Sunday 30th September. 

The Library and Hostel reopen on Monday 1st October 2018.

Sue Bird (1943-2018)

It is with great sadness that the BSA notes the passing on 6 July 2018 of Sue Bird (b. 1943). For twenty years, until her retirement in 1998, Sue was illustrator in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum, where she is remembered with great affection. She was an independent and questioning spirit, with an irrepressible sense of fun, and a loyal friend.

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Changes to Subscriptions

Integration of Subscribers and Friends of the BSA UK

The proposed integration of the Subscribers and the Friends of the BSA UK was discussed by those attending our AGM on 6 February 2018. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are delighted to report that Council has approved the integration. We have chosen to brand the three tiers of Subscriber – Friends, Pendlebury Circle, and Director’s Circle – collectively, as the School’s ‘supporters’. All donations received from our supporters who are UK taxpayers will be eligible for Gift Aid. The entitlements for each tier of supporters are outlined below.

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Newsletter June 2018

It is a great pleasure to introduce the third issue of our newsletter and to wish everyone well for a productive and enjoyable summer. This issue focuses on the BSA’s academic and outreach programme from October to June, which has been an active period for events in Athens, London and elsewhere ranging from seminars to gallery tours. We also profile some of our researchers — working across a range of subjects from epigraphy to the recent history of Greece — and report on our world-class facilities: the Library and Archive, the Fitch Laboratory and the Knossos Research Centre. As always, most of our lectures are available on our YouTube channel.

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  • 22 October 2018
    Prof. Dimitris Papanikolaou (University of Oxford), "Critically queer and haunted: on how (not) to do the history of Greek (homo)sexuality"
  • 25 October 2018
    MANIAS: modern desires for Greek pasts - Prof. Liz Prettejohn(York), Prof. Nicoletta Momigliano (Bristol), Dr Katherine Harloe (Reading), Dr Andrew Shapland (British Museum), Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (St. Andrews)
  • 29 October 2018
    Dr Philip Mansel, "Alexandria, from Mohammed Ali to Farouk: the rise and fall of a royal capital"
  • 19 November 2018
    Prof. Phiroze Vasunia (University College London), "The Prose of the World: Hegel, Plutarch, Herodotus"