One of the Society’s goals is to act as a repository of materials documenting the recovery of and ongoing work on Herculaneum and the Villa of the Papyri, and to make these available to members of the Society and the interested public. The materials are housed in the Society’s headquarters, and mounted selectively on this website. Members and the interested public are encouraged to make use of the Archive for any purpose ranging from scholarly research to information on the Society’s current activities, upcoming events, and forms of outreach.

The Society welcomes donations to its Archive of the following categories of materials relating to Herculaneum and its archaeological context, the Villa of the Papyri, its ancient library and papyri, the Bay of Naples region, and Campania in general:

  • Books (new or used), pamphlets, papers, offprints (including photocopies)
  • Manuscripts, transcripts, reports, notes, diaries, letters
  • Plans, maps, drawings, posters
  • Photographs, videos, postcards, tourist memorabilia
  • Equipment and conservation materials
  • Contributions in cash or kind to the Archive’s development

Materials are available for inspection or study over the internet (by request for materials not yet mounted) or in the Herculaneum Society’s study room on a walk-in basis or by appointment.

In accordance with the Society’s aim of building an interactive membership, we are also pleased to host on our website a rotating selection of short essays, particularly from younger members, on topics related to Herculaneum.

For further information, or if you are interested in contributing materials or other resources, please contact or send or bring them to: The Friends of Herculaneum Society,The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford, OX13LU, (in the UK and Europe); in the US contact: Dan Leon, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1003, All donations are gratefully acknowledged. Valuations, loans, and collection or transportation of materials may be made by arrangement. Materials may also be placed on long- or short-term loan for curating, study, or imaging.

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