The BSA Pantheon
The subjects of this exhibition were chosen for their representation of a bigger picture. They were chosen to represent the span of time and the variety of characters who make up the School’s story and to celebrate that story. They are also chosen to be reflective of the development of the School and the times in which it developed: women were not at first admitted as students and the School didn’t have its first female Director until the late 20th century; although people had been agitating for setting up the School for some time, it took a prince’s involvement to set the ball rolling; and although Britain is ethnically diverse, even today most students, scholars and administrators of the School are clearly “anglo”. Therefore this exhibition both celebrates and asks us to reflect.
Francis Penrose - First Director 1886-1887 and Architect of the original building
Francis Cranmer Penrose (1817 – 1903) was the first Director of the British School at Athens and architect of the first School building. He was an architect, artist and researcher and was Surveyor of the Fabric of St Paul's Cathedral from 1852–1897.
Arthur Evans - Archaeologist & Philanthropist
Sir Arthur Evans (1851 – 1941) is a significant person in the history and development of the British School at Athens because he is responsible for the close connection of the School to the archaeological site of Knossos in Crete, where the School continues to have a base and a curator.
Jane Rabnett (Cox) - BSA Secretary & Librarian 1950-1975
Jane Rabnett (1914 – 2001) was Secretary of the British School at Athens for 25 years from 1950 – 1975 and was an institution at the School. She was BSA Secretary during the time of five Directors, including Hector Catling, John Cook and Sinclair Hood and during the Junta and its fall in 1974.