Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri

The Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri (IISL) was founded in 1947, by Nino Lamboglia, as an amalgamation of “Clarence Bicknell” Museum of Bordighera, established in 1888 by the English Anglican Priest Clarence Bicknell and the Società Storico-Archeologica Ingauna e Intemelia, founded in 1932 at Albenga and Ventimiglia. Since its creation, the IISL has pursued an important cultural activity based on the British tradition of the “Clarence Bicknell” Museum, the first museum in western Liguria, founded at Bordighera (IM).

A great community of British citizens had chosen to live in the so-called Città delle Palme, attracted by the magnificent green landscape, the mild climate and the warm Mediterranean colours, as the painter Claude Monet showed in his masterpieces and the exiled Italian writer Giovanni Ruffini, described in the novel Doctor Antonio, first published in English language, in Edinburgh 1855, which turned out to be a great success.

The IISL is a cultural Institution for study and research purposes in the historical-archaeological context, characterized by an open membership structure, no-profit socio-cultural social utility (O.N.L.U.S.). The headquarters of IISL is placed in Nino Lamboglia’s Center at Bordighera (IM) and it includes 12 Sections located in Liguria, Piemonte and Lazio. The IISL manages several museums (Ventimiglia, Imperia, Diano Marina, Albenga, Finale Ligure, Savona), the Library of Quiliano and the Historical Archives of Albenga, on behalf of the respective municipalities.

The Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri conserves its own library at the “Clarence Bicknell” Museum; a collection of 116.000 volumes, 1400 specialized magazines and reviews: one of the most important library centres, in Italy, for specialized archaeological and historian studies.



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