The help we have received spans the historic archives on Isola Bella, to colleagues within the School of History here at Queen Mary, and there are many people whom we have to thank for their support and encouragement over the last twenty years.
The ledgers of Filippo Borromei and Partners of Bruges and London are kept in the private archive of the Borromeo Arese family on Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, Piedmont, Italy (Archivio Borromeo Isola Bella). We are extremely grateful to the family, and especially to principessa Bona Borromeo Arese, for copyright permission to use material from the archive for research and publication and for allowing us to use the family coat of arms.
The archivist at Isola Bella was then the late Carlo Alessandro Pisoni (d. 2021). His help in the early stages of the project was invaluable. More recently, we relied on help by the current archivists, Serena Sogno and Lorenza Barale.
Transforming the two ledgers into electronic database versions could not have been accomplished without our long collaboration with Roundhouse Software Ltd of Tunbridge Wells and Winchester, and especially with its current Technical Director, Nigel Smith. The third member of the team since the project’s beginning, he developed both Roundhouse-Queen Mary Historic Accounts and Roundhouse-Queen Mary Historic Accounts Enquiry for us.
We are indebted to the many members of Queen Mary Information Technology Services who have provided us with technical support, which also encompasses upgrading the database software and, for security reasons, moved it to a central server. They have also co-operated fully with Fresh Egg of Worthing, West Sussex, who have developed the new search tools for our new website.
Research projects cost money, and we are profoundly grateful to the following bodies, departments and organisations who provided support:
The help we received covered a range of project developments from analytical software to a physical “home” in which to base ourselves — and much more.
Professor Jim Bolton (School of History, Queen Mary University of London)
Professor Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli (Dipartimento di Scienze per l’Economia e l’Impresa, Università degli Studi di Firenze, and School of History, Queen Mary University of London)