Become an Ashby Patron

Become a Patron


Ashby Patrons

Thomas Ashby

Thomas Ashby, the very first Rome Scholar of the newly founded BSR in 1901 and its third Director, helped lay the foundation for what exists today – an interdisciplinary community of artists, scholars and architects not found anywhere else in the Commonwealth. In the early 20th century Ashby’s vision only became reality through the support of those around him – private individuals, livery companies and universities all helped establish new scholarships and provide materials to study.

Ashby Patrons

In the 21st century members of the Ashby Patrons recognise this collective responsibility to support scholarly research and artistic practice at the highest level. Their generous donations allow the BSR to rise to its true potential by providing support for activities which might otherwise remain unfunded.

In addition to the benefits associated with Personal Memberships they enjoy the opportunity to spend a long weekend each year in Rome with fellow members meeting our award-holders and taking advantage of our expert knowledge of the city and its environs. Led by the Director and other experts, and organised around a particular theme, the visit makes for a very special weekend among like-minded individuals. 

Ashby Patrons pay an annual fee of £2,000+. If you have a love of Rome and Italian culture, and are interested in learning more about this group, please contact the Development Office.

Ashby Membership

Ashby Membership is for individuals who would like a closer connection with the BSR through activities planned with the Director and Senior Staff. Ashby Patrons’ generous donations provide vital support for activities which might otherwise remain unfunded. In addition to the benefits of Sustaining membership Ashby Patrons will:

  • Be credited as such on the website and on the Entrance Hall Monitor in Rome.

  • Enjoy invitations to additional, in person events in Rome including an annual visit to the BSR, touring the city with fellow members and meeting our award holders, using the access to locations and sites available through the BSR’s exclusive Roman network (additional fees apply)

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