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Serena Medal

The Serena Medal is awarded annually for eminent services towards the furtherance of the study of Italian history, philosophy or music, literature, art, or economics.

It was endowed by Mr Arthur Serena after Great Britain’s alliance with Italy in the First World War. The medal was first awarded in 1920.


In 2019 eligible nominations must be for scholars in Italian History. Nominations must show how the scholarship has contributed to the furtherance of Italian studies in the UK. 

How to nominate

Nominations may only be made by Fellows of the British Academy. Nominations for the 2019 Prize have now closed. 

In 2020, the Serena Medal will be awarded for Italian Philosophy. 


Serena Medal (Italian Music)
2018 Winner

Roger Parker FBARoger Parker is Professor of Music at King’s College London, having previously taught at Cornell, Oxford and Cambridge. He is General Editor (with Gabriele Dotto) of the Donizetti critical edition, published by Ricordi. His most recent books are Remaking the Song: Operatic Visions and Revisions from Handel to Berio (University of California Press, 2006); and A History of Opera: The Last Four Hundred Years (Penguin, UK, and Norton, US, 2012), written jointly with Carolyn Abbate. He is now writing a book about music in London in the 1830s, and from 2013 to 2018 was Director of the ERC-funded project 'Music in London, 1800-1851”.

“This one of the greatest honours of my career, as well as being a stimulus towards more work in the ever-fascinating byways of Italian music.”

Previous Winners

2017  Professor Martin McLaughlin, University of Oxford

2016  Professor Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Queen Mary University of London

2015  Dr Brian A’Hearn, University of Oxford

2014  Professor Chris Wickham FBA, University of Oxford

2013  Professor Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo, University of Padua

2012  Professor Richard Bellamy, University College London

2011  Professor Patricia Fortini Brown, Emeritus Professor, Princeton University

2010  Professor Anna Lepschy, Emeritus Professor, University College London

2009  Professor Giorgio Chittolini, Professor of Medieval History, University of Milan

2008  Professor Philip Gossett, Robert W Reneker Distinguished Service Professor of Music, University of Chicago and Professore Ordinario “di chiara fama”, Università “La Sapienza”, Rome

2007  Professor Conor Fahy

2006  Professor Paul Ginsborg

2005  Mr Ronald Lightbown

2004  Professor William Weaver

2003  Professor Stuart Woolf

2002  Professor John Woodhouse

2001  Professor Michael Hirst FBA

2000  Professor Giulio Lepschy FBA