The Archive is the official repository for the records of the British School at Athens and documents the history and activities of the School. Records date from the founding of the BSA in 1886 and include documents from BSA fieldwork projects, corporate papers, personal collections of BSA members, various historical documents associated with the early travellers who came to Greece before the School was founded, a unique collection of drawings of Byzantine monuments and a large photographic collection.


The role of the Archive is to identify, acquire, manage, and preserve records of enduring value and make them available for use. It is a major resource for researchers on a variety of subjects. The collections vary in size and content and contain a variety of manuscripts, drafts, notes, notebooks, journals, diaries, photographs, memorabilia, and personal and professional correspondence.


Catalogues, finding aids and databases are provided by the Archivist. Some of the catalogues are also available at our website.


Collections are available for study by appointment ONLY. For further information, please find the appropriate application under Services-Permits or contact the Archivist: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Permission to examine manuscripts is not an authorization to publish, display, reproduce, perform, distribute, or prepare derivative works of them. Researchers who plan to publish their work are urged to make inquiry concerning possible restrictions before beginning their research. Researchers shall be responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions, clearances or consents necessary to publish. The holder of the original copyright is not necessarily the British School at Athens.


The British School at Athens is not legally liable for copyright, privacy, or publicity infringement when materials are wrongfully used after being provided to researchers for 'fair use'.