The Friends of Italian were founded in 2005 to promote activities appealing to both scholars working in the field and the wider Italian-speaking community. The climate today in the study of modern foreign languages means that Institutes rely increasingly on the goodwill of their Friends, and the very significant contribution they make, to support those activities which are beyond the means of their modest budgets.
We aim to build a fund large enough to enable the award of bursaries to students registered for research degrees in Italian studies at the Institute, and so provide much-needed assistance to individuals facing the high cost of studying in the capital. Such donations will, in the longer term, contribute to the survival of advanced study in the field of Italian.
Friends are encouraged to participate in all Institute events, as well as in special activities such as the private viewing of the Courtauld Gallery’s rare Italian prints and drawings. As a token of appreciation for their support, Friends receive invitations to special lectures and preferential rates when attending conferences.
The Estorick Collection offers reduced entry, and there are discounts at its shop and at the Italian Bookshop in Cecil Court. This support is gratefully acknowledged and we hope that, by becoming a Friend, you will join us in furthering the appreciation and understanding of Italian culture in this country.