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Ashby and Abruzzo

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  • 1. BSR Members and Friends are warmly invited to Past, Present and Future in Abruzzo Photographic exhibition in collaboration with Ad.Venture with contributions by Christopher Smith, Valerie Scott Andrew Hopkins & Ed Bispham Thursday, 28th June 2012 at 6.00 p.m.at the British Academy, 10–11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH Members are requested to RSVP in case of acceptance, to development@bsrome.it or 020 7969 5247
  • 2. On 31 May 2011, The British School at Rome launched the Ashby e l’Abruzzo exhibition. This projectattracted national attention, not only due to the BSR’s reputation in Italy, but perhaps more poignantly,because of the tragic 2009 earthquake that devastated l’Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo region.The exhibition of new digital prints opened in L’Aquila on 11 June 2011 and is touring Abruzzo until the endSeptember 2012, returning to its permanent home in L’Aquila - a gift from the BSR to the city. The amountof national press coverage during the tour was unexpected and unprecedented, and over 25,000 visitedthe exhibition.The catalogue, edited by Vienna Tordone, Thomas Ashby: Viaggi in Abruzzo /Travels in Abruzzo 1901/1923,is published by SilvanaEditoriale.The BSR Photographic Archive includes the collection of over 8,000 photographs taken by Thomas Ashby,the first student and third Director of the BSR. These include images taken on his six visits to the Abruzzoregion between 1901 and 1923, documenting not only archaeological sites, but also many festivals andprocessions in villages throughout Abruzzo. The remarkable photographs taken in markets and piazzaspoignantly illustrate the early 20th Century rural Italians’ reaction to the rather oddly-dressed Englishphotographer - it was perhaps the first camera they had ever seen.This remarkable project, in collaboration with Ad.Venture srl and entirely funded by Italian institutions andcompanies, is a striking example of the collaboration between the BSR and the Italian community. It alsovividly and poignantly demonstrates the importance of viewing the contemporary through the lens ofhistory – Thomas Ashby’s collection documents for eternity a region and a reality that is forever lost. See www.bsr.ac.uk/news/london/ashby-and-the-abruzzo for more information.

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