Online Collections Statement and Policies

The British School in Athens and Knossos holds a rich range of collections of international importance, from prints and drawings to botanical samples. We are committed to ensuring that these are widely accessible and integrated into long-term research projects, and that international standards and best practice are followed in the creation and maintenance of our collections, from physical objects to digital repositories.

The British School's Museums and Archives Online is a unified and cross-searchable database enabling worldwide access to our holdings for research and teaching purposes. It is also the repository for the School's growing collection of multimedia resources.

Following the initial upload of seven collections from the Fitch Laboratory, Knossos, the Athens Museum, and the Archive, we aim to make a complete record of the School's holdings available online.

As a result of the diverse nature of our collections and their differing degree of publication there will be different levels of accessibility to information for certain materials. In the case of the Archive, for example, our aim is to make accessible the catalogues of each collection as they are processed while with the availability of project funds, we will digitize archive collections and make the images available as we have already done for the Byzantine Research Fund Archive. In the future we aim to make other collections accessible such as Pendlebury Family Papers and the Kynosarges Excavation Records.

For further information, please consult the Departments and/or Permits sections of this website or the contact listed for each individual department. Above all, Museums and Archives Online is a work in progress - regular additions will be made, and features will be adjusted as we explore the potential of our database. Your comments and advice are most welcome.