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The British School at Athens. Annual Report 2009-2010

The British School at Athens. Annual Report 2009-2010

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The British School at Athens
 Annual Report 2009–2010
 
ATHENS
Odos Souedias 52GR 106 76 Athens
School Office:
Tel: 0030–211–102 2800Fax: 0030–211–102 2803E-Mail: admin@bsa.ac.uk 
 Fitch Laboratory:
Tel: 0030–211–102 2830E-Mail: fitchlab@bsa.ac.uk 
 Friends of the BSA:
Tel: 0030–211–102 2806E-Mail: friends@bsa.ac.uk 
KNOSSOS
The TavernaVilla AriadneKnossos, HerakleionGR 714 09 CreteTel: 0030–2810–231 993Fax: 0030–2810–238 495E-Mail: bsaknoso@otenet.gr 
LONDON
10 Carlton House TerraceLondon SW1Y 5AHTel: 0044–(0)20–7969 5315E-Mail: bsa@britac.ac.uk 
PUBLICATIONS
Co-editor of the Annual:
Dr S. SherrattE-Mail: publications@bsa.ac.uk 
 Editor of SupplementaryVolumes/Studies:
Dr O. Krzyszkowska
FRIENDS OF THE BSA (UK)
 Hon. Secretaries:
Dr H. W. CatlingDunford House, Langford LechladeGlos. GL7 3LNMiss M.-C. Keith12 Sovereign Court51 Gillingham StreetLondon SW1V 1HS
THE BRITISH SCHOOL ATATHENS FOUNDATION, USA
Mr L. H. Sackett (President)Groton SchoolBox 991Groton MA 01450Tel: 001–978–448–5205Fax: 001–978–448–2348E-mail: hsackett@groton.org
THE BRITISH SCHOOL AT ATHENS
REGISTERED CHARITY NO. 208673www.bsa.ac.uk PATRON
HRH The Prince of Wales
CHAIR OF COUNCIL
Professor Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, FBA (until 31 December 2009)Professor M. Schofield, FBA (from 1 January 2010)
DIRECTOR 
Professor C. A. Morgan, MA, PhD
Co-editor of the Annual 
 
THE BRITISH SCHOOL AT ATHENSChairman’s Report
The activity of the School in the 2009–10 session was mostly business as usual, albeit against a backcloth of financial uncertaintyin Greece, with ongoing protests at the austerity measures introduced by the government, and of expectation that the UK governmentelected in May 2010 — whatever its political hue — would bedevising and implementing its own programme of major spendingcuts. It was business as usual, however, within the new governanceand administrative framework described in Lord Renfrew’sChairman’s Report for the 2008–09 session. And it was business punctuated and stimulated by the quinquennial review visit inDecember 2009 of the team appointed by BASIS, the committee theBritish Academy established some years ago to oversee its ‘sponsoredinstitutes and societies’, on which the Director already commentedin her Report last year.The School was informed of the outcome of the review early inthe spring. The members of the review team declared themselvesimpressed by what they had found, both in absolute terms and relativeto the previous review. They spoke of ‘a well-managed and effectiveresearch facility, sustaining a vibrant programme of projects andactivities, playing a unique and valued role that successfully furthersthe Academy’s international objectives, and delivering value for money from its BASIS grant.’ At the same time they noted that theSchool’s Council ‘has a major strategic challenge ahead in securingthe School’s future financial sustainability’. Suggested prioritiesincluded the desirability of raising the School’s profile anddeveloping the range of what it can offer to the wider researchcommunity, and the need to sharpen the case we can make to the UK taxpayer regarding the positive contribution the School is making tosociety, economy, and culture.A long list of achievementswas singled out for particularlyappreciative comment:the governance and administrative reforms introduced sincethe last review;the coherence and integration of the Schools new CorporatePlan, Strategic Research Plan, and the various operating plansthat will deliver them;the simultaneous focus on both strategy and detail;the transformations observed in the Library, the FitchLaboratory, and the IT architecture;the positive morale and entrepreneurial spirit across the School;the range of constructive partnerships, collaborations andshared services being developed;the quality of its flagship archaeology programmes, and stepstaken to broaden the disciplinary range;the encouragement given to language skills developmentamongst visiting students;the quality of feedback from the School’s users.The Council was naturally heartened by the BASIS team’s findings,confirming as they do the sense that, despite some painfulreorganisation and some choppy financial waters still to be negotiated,the School is flourishing, with a cohesive academic and support staff under excellent leadership. I was myself impressed by the buoyantatmosphere I encountered on my first visit to the School as Chairmanin February 2010. And I was especially pleased that in his report onhis stay as Visiting Fellow in the early months of the year, ChristopheMee was able to write as follows:The very successful outcome of the BASIS Review has boostedstaff morale and was the well deserved reward for the meticulous preparation which preceded the British Academy visit. Thereview was an opportunity for the School to reflect on its

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