Upcoming Collection: Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi of Great Britain Collection

June 19, 2008

ARTstor is collaborating with the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi of Great Britain [CVMA (GB)] and the National Monuments Record, the public archive at English Heritage, to distribute approximately 18,000 images of medieval English stained glass windows in the Digital Library.

Founded in 1949, the CVMA (GB) is an international research project dedicated to the publication of medieval stained glass. To date, committees in 14 countries (Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain with Catalonia, Switzerland, and the United States of America) have collectively published nearly 100 printed volumes. CVMA (GB), Great Britain's national survey of medieval stained glass, is a British Academy Research Project hosted by the University of York. In addition to its ongoing efforts to publish all medieval stained glass in Great Britain up to 1540, the CVMA (GB) has undertaken a project to create a digital Picture Archive, which is available on its website.

The majority of these digital images have been provided by the National Monuments Record (English Heritage) in Swindon, which houses the CVMA photographic archive of approximately 30,000 images. With funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, part of the photographic archive has already been scanned and these digital images (approximately 9,600) will be made available in ARTstor. These will be augmented by an additional 8,500 images that the CVMA (GB) has collected from various sources. ARTstor will be providing support to the CVMA (GB) to complete the digitization of a subset of these images. When complete, the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi of Great Britain Collection in ARTstor will present a comprehensive archive documenting all aspects of medieval English stained glass.