International Institute of Ligurian Studies

The International Institute of Ligurian Studies, founded by Nino Lamboglia, has continued since 1937 the work of the Bicknell Museum in Bordighera, conceived by the Englishman Clarence Bicknell in 1888 and established as a non-profit organisation in 1924, and of the Ingauna and Intemelia Historical-Archaeological Society, founded in 1932 in Albenga and Ventimiglia.

It is an autonomous association, open to all scholars and people of culture who are interested in the study and appreciation of history and archaeology, ancient monuments and regional tradition, in the entire north-western arc of the Mediterranean that was originally populated by the Ligurians and is linked to the Ligurian environment by relationships of affinity and common descent. The Institute has been organised in an international form since the last war and currently has 12 Sections, a President, a Vice-President, two Co-Presidents, one for France and one for Spain, and a Directorate that coordinates the work of all the Sections and works with its own staff at the Nino Lamboglia Centre in Bordighera, the Institute’s headquarters.

In Italy it carries out its most extensive work in the Ligurian Rivieras as well as in Genoa, and also extends its activities to Piedmont, Lombardy and the eastern Apennines as far as Lucca, within the limits of prehistoric and protohistoric Liguria. In France, it coordinates parallel prehistoric and archaeological studies in the Mezzogiorno and the Rhone valley, where the tradition of the Ligurian substratum is most alive, within the limits of the ancient ‘Provincia Narbonensis’.

Contacts are underway to reorganise the Spanish and Catalan sections.

For the organisation and progress of the ‘Ligurian Studies’ thus defined, and for their dissemination in the scientific world and among the public of every nation, the Institute has created a vast series of journals and monographic publications, of great technical rigour and at the same time accessible to all those wishing to learn about their country’s past: the Rivista di Studi Liguri as an international organ, the others specifically Italian (Ligures, Giornale Storico della Lunigiana e del Territorio Lucense, Studi Genuensi) or French (Cahiers Ligures de Préhistoire et d’Archéologie, now Cahiers Ligures de Préhistoire et de Protohistoire), thus fostering a constant mutual exchange of teachings and ideas between the major Latin nations.

It is also at the forefront of studies on Roman and medieval pottery and the organisation of archaeological excavation campaigns.

The Institute organises the International Congresses of Ligurian Studies and the International Congresses of Submarine Archaeology; more frequently, meetings and conferences, in which all members may participate; and finally, the International Courses of Ligurian Studies, which aim above all to prepare young students in the field of archaeology. The individual Sections also periodically organise scientific meetings, excursions and visits to museums, monuments and excavations, and carry out, particularly on the Western Riviera where the Institute was founded, numerous practical activities of excavation, restoration, and valorisation of every aspect of regional history, and above all the management of prestigious museums and libraries.

The main sections are based and operate independently, with their own library, coordinated with the central library of the Bicknell Museum.



IISL Sections


IISL Museums and Libraries

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