From the Archive
British Academy Small Research Grants: an anniversary worth celebrating
In May 1963, the British Academy’s newly established ‘Research Fund Committee’ awarded the first research grants from the Academy’s new ‘Research Fund’ – financed by a grant from government that had been negotiated a year earlier. In the 50-year history of the Academy’s small-scale research funding, nearly 15,000 awards have …
From the Archive: One hundred years ago (Election of new Fellows press release 1903)
The first election of new Fellows of the British Academy was at a General Meeting in March 1903. Illustrated is the draft press release recording this meeting.
Burnt books: The British Academy and the restoration of two academic libraries
From the archive. The British Academy’s involvement in the restoration of two libraries - in Louvain and Tokyo - in the early 20th century.
Winston Churchill and the British Academy
Sixty years ago the British Academy elected Prime Minister Winston Churchill as an Honorary Fellow. But this was not the first time that Churchill had been considered for election to the Academy. A ‘From the Archive’ article.
Report on visit to Germany by Sir Harold Bell and Sir Charles Webster, 1947
In September 1947, the President of the British Academy, Sir Harold I. Bell, and Sir Charles K. Webster (who would succeed him as President), visited Germany in order to enquire into the state of scholarship there in the aftermath of the Second World War. On their return they produced a …
Charles Wakefield and the British Academy’s first home
This ‘From the Archive’ article describes the role of Charles Wakefield as a benefactor of the British Academy, in particular in helping the Academy in moving into its first permanent home - in Burlington Gardens - in 1928.
Keynes and the British Academy
Drawing on evidence ‘from the archive’, this is the story of how the distinguished economist John Maynard Keynes was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1929, having originally been rejected in 1920.
Frida Mond: A good friend to the British Academy
From the Archive. An account of how Mrs Frida Mond (1847-1923) - a friend of the British Academy’s first Secretary, Israel Gollancz - provided generous support for the recently established body, particularly in the field of English language and literature.
From the Archive: The President’s chair
At meetings of the British Academy’s Council, the President sits at the table in an ornate wooden chair, designed in a medieval style, bearing the letters ‘H H’ on it. But why does the Academy have such an unusual piece of furniture? A letter recently found in the archives throws …
Celebrating fifty years of the Thank-Offering to Britain Fund
On 10 November 2015, the British Academy, in partnership with the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), hosted an event to mark the 50th Anniversary of the ‘Thank-Offering to Britain’ Fund: ‘Commemoration and Celebration: The British Academy and the Jewish Refugee Academics in Britain after 1933’. This an edited version of …