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A grotesque corbel in the South porch of St Kyneburgha's Church, Castor, Huntington, UK

The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland (CRSBI) is an evolving electronic archive of British and Irish Romanesque stone sculpture. The aim of the project is to photograph and record all the surviving sculpture, making this important part of British and Irish heritage available over the Internet. A team of skilled and dedicated volunteer fieldworkers locates and visits sites where Romanesque sculpture survives, describing, measuring and taking photographs. The project editors convert the raw materials of their research into an electronic archive. Church plans, generously made available by the Church Plans Online project, are included where available as an additional visual aid.

The chancel arch of the Nun's Church at Clonmacnois, County Offaly, Ireland

Romanesque Sculpture

Romanesque sculpture marks a high point of artistic production in Britain and Ireland, corresponding to the boom in high-quality building that followed the Norman Conquest in 1066, and reflecting a new set of links with mainland Europe. A good deal of this sculpture remains in parish churches and cathedrals, houses and halls, castles and museums throughout these isles.

Much of the sculpture is exposed to the risk of wear, damage and theft. Records of the sculpture's condition are invaluable for conservators and the church and heritage bodies responsible for its protection. The Shobdon Arches are a case in point.

St Michael and the Dragon from St Leonard's Church, Seaford, East Sussex, UK

The Project

The CRSBI has already established itself as an authoritative scholarly resource. Significant quantities of previously unrecorded material have come to light in the course of the project, and there are many examples of sculpture that are being recorded, catalogued and photographed in an academic context for the first time. Concurrent with its academic importance is the project's role in raising awareness of the British Isles' rich twelfth-century heritage, helping to ensure its conservation and preservation.

Records of Romanesque sculpture in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire (including Ely Cathedral), Cheshire, Hampshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Sussex, Warwickshire and Worcestershire are already available online.

The CRSBI owes its inception to Professor George Zarnecki CBE FBA, the doyen of the study of Romanesque sculpture in Britain and it is guided by a committee of experts in the field.

The project is funded by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Henry Moore Foundation, the Marc Fitch Fund, the Heritage Council of Ireland and the Courtauld Institute of Art. The Courtauld Institute of Art also hosts the CRSBI.

Contact Details

An imaginary creature on the font in the Parish Church of Youlgreave in Derbyshire, UK
Address The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland (CRSBI)
Courtauld Institute of Art
Somerset House
United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)20 7848 2511
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Chairman: Sandy Heslop
Research Director: Dr Ron Baxter
Project Committee: Dr Alan Borg; Professor Eric Fernie; Jill Franklin; John Higgitt; Dr Linda Monckton; Kathryn Morrison; Dr Rachel Moss; Dr Richard Plant; Harold Short; Professor Roger Stalley; Neil Stratford.
Project Staff: Dr Anna Bentkowska Kafel and Ms Agnieszka Sadraei.

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