Emily Penrose Personal Papers

The personal diary of Emily Penrose (1858-1942), eldest daughter of Francis Cranmer Penrose the first Director of the British School at Athens, written from March 1887 to September 1888. The entries record her time living in Greece from March to November 1887 and, later, her family’s journey through Italy on their return home to Britain.

William Flinders Petrie Personal Papers

Sir William M. Flinders Petrie’s (1853-1942) notebook contains watercolour drawings of Aegean pottery recovered, ‘from the waste heaps of the Palace of Khuenaten, Tell el-Amarna’ (Egypt). Petrie created the drawings in April 1892 after his first season of excavations at the site and also included his thoughts on the chronology of the Aegean pottery in relation to Tell el-Amarna.

William Gell Personal Papers

Sir William Gell (1777-1836) was a Classical scholar, antiquary, traveller and Member of the Society of the Dilettanti. His six notebooks, most likely produced between 1801 and 1810, include itineraries, sketches of antiquities, people and places he visited while he was travelling with Edward Dodwell in Greece and Asia Minor.

Keppel Craven Personal Papers

Sir Keppel Richard Craven’s (1779-1851) notebook, most likely created between 1811-1813, contains sketches (some in colour) of the people, places and antiquities he encountered while on the Second Ionian Mission sponsored by the Society of Dilettanti, on which he was accompanied by William Gell and the architects John Peter (Deering) Gandy and Francis Bedford.

Kynosarges Excavation Records

In early 1896 Cecil Smith, Director of the British School at Athens, was looking for a site to excavate in Athens for two reasons: for the BSA to contribute to the knowledge of Athenian topography and, more so perhaps, to use the opportunity as a training ground for students who would then move on to the BSA excavations being planned on the island of Melos.

Mycenae Excavation Records

The Mycenae Excavation Records consist primarily of original site plans, drawings and watercolours of artefacts, as well as a few notebooks and photographs, produced during the 1920-23 British School at Athens excavations at Mycenae led by then BSA Director, Alan Wace.

Byzantine Research Fund

The Byzantine Research Fund Archive (BRF) is a unique collection of architectural drawings, photographs and notebooks created from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century by a small team of British architects trained in the Arts & Crafts tradition whose studies of Byzantium shaped the Byzantine Revival in later years.

Archaeological Survey of the Knossos Area

Catalogue information linked to a map of archaeological discoveries in the Knossos valley since Arthur Evans's excavations from the second edition of the Archaeology Survey of the Knossos Area by Sinclair Hood and David Smyth.


The Fitch Laboratory Seed Reference Collection includes over 2100 different species and subspecies of plants commonly found in archaeological sites in Greece.

BSA SPHS Image Collection

A photographic reference and loan collection amassed in the late 19th-mid 20th century by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies that includes photographs from the British School at Athens documenting early BSA research.

Map Collection

The British School at Athens Map Collection includes cartographic records from the early 19th century to the present day, primarily of Greece and neighbouring regions.

Thessaly Excavation Records

The British School at Athens holds excavation records from seven excavations conducted in Thessaly and the Spercheus Valley (near Lamia) excavated by A.J.B. Wace, J.P. Droop and M.S. Thompson from 1907 to 1912. Five were prehistoric "magoula" sites that shed light on the chronology of the region's 'early civilisation'.

A.J.B. Wace Papers: Pembroke College Cambridge

The collection of Alan John Bayard Wace papers held in the archives of the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, contains a number of notebooks the perfect size for an Edwardian man’s capacious jacket pocket. They accompanied Wace during the Spring of 1910, on his excavations in Thessaly at the tells of Tsangli and Rachmani.

A.J.B. Wace Papers: Cambridge Classics Archive

Pembroke College, Cambridge holds a small collection of material relating to Alan John Bayard Wace. The collection consists of 9 small field notebooks dating from the early 1900s and used during archaeological work in Greece, papers relating to Wace’s academic career, and copies of some of publications, principally offprints from journals