Library Team

Giulia Galeazzi - Library Coordinator

Giulia, a native Florentine, graduated in philosophy at her hometown University, and earned a post-graduate degree in Library Sciences from the Vatican Library. She has collaborated with several libraries and cultural institutes in Florence and abroad, including the Biblioteca Berenson of Villa I Tatti. In January 2017 she proudly joined the Harold Acton Library of the British Institute of Florence.


Lucia Cappelli - Deputy Librarian

Lucia Cappelli, Ph.D, graduated in Librarianship and Bibliographical Studies, obtained an MA in Contemporary Archive Science, and a Ph.D in History of Education  at the University of Florence. She has been working at the British Institute since 1998 and in the Library since 2001. She has worked for the Gabinetto G.P. Vieusseux and the Culture Department of the Commune of Florence. She also taught “Library Organization for Education” at Florence University. Since October 2018 she has been teaching “History of Education” at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan.


Sofia Novello - Library Assistant and Special Events Organiser 

Sofia Novello, MA, started as Library Assistant at the Harold Acton Library in February 2005. A graduate of Foreign Languages, English and French, at the University of Florence, she completed an MA in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute of Stratford-upon-Avon, University of Birmingham, in 2001.


Mark Roberts - Cultural Programme co-ordinator

Mark Roberts, MBE MA, read English at Magdalen College, Oxford. He has held a number of different roles at the British Institute since 1977 and is now responsible for the cultural programme of evening lectures.


Alyson Price - Archivist

Alyson Price is an historian and has worked as a teacher, university administrator and archivist. She has a particular interest in nineteenth and early twentieth century Italy and in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century India. She has produced a new edition of Julia Maitland's Letters from Madras, first published in 1843. Since 2001 she has been responsible for identifying, processing and cataloging the holdings in the Archive of the British Institute of Florence. In 2011 she published Florence in the Nineteenth Century: A Guide to Original Sources in Florentine Archives and Libraries for Researchers into the English-Speaking Community