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Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi: Medieval Stained Glass in Great Britain

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The Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA) was founded in 1949 and has committees in twelve countries (Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain with Catalonia, Switzerland, United States of America), with two associate committees (Portugal and Russia). Nearly one hundred volumes have been published to date.

Canterbury Cathedral, Trinity Chapel, nIV (detail)

In Britain, the CVMA is a British Academy Research Project. A Project Committee oversees the programme of publications, which are undertaken by volunteer authors.

The website of the CVMA (GB),, explains the project's activities, the people and organizations involved, and details our books and how to order them. There is also free access to our digital Picture Archive, containing over 18,000 images, most of them in colour. The majority have been provided by the public archive of English Heritage, the National Monuments Record. Others come from the Centre for Medieval Studies, York, and several private collections. The images were scanned by HEDS Digitization Services, the Courtauld Photographic and Imaging Service, and by the CVMA.

This site was put together by a team working for the CVMA at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London, and the work was supported by a research award (2001-2004) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and by a special grant from the British Academy (2006).

Liverpool Museum: two roundels with Labours of the Month for April and June
Sarah Brown
Project Director
Dr Tim Ayers
Project Committee
Prof Jonathan J. G. Alexander; Michael Archer, OBE; Dr Tim Ayers; Dr Paul Binski; Sarah Brown; Prof. Paul Crossley; Anna Eavis (English Heritage); Dr Penny Hebgin-Barnes; Prof. Richard Marks; Dr Christopher Norton; David O'Connor
Heather Gilderdale
Project Editor
Dr Joseph Spooner
Conservation Adviser
Keith Barley
Database and Image Management
Friederike Hammer
Michael Archer, OBE; Dr Tim Ayers; Kerry Ayre; Sarah Brown; Anna Eavis; Dr Penny Hebgin-Barnes; David King; Prof. Richard Marks; Prof. Nigel Morgan; Dr Brian O'Callaghan; David O'Connor; Brian Sprakes
Technical Team
Database: John Bradley, Hafed Walda, Elliott Hall. Mapping: Martyn Jessop, Ed Mackenzie. Website: Paul Vetch, Paul Spence, Zaneta Au, Jasmine Kelly.
Digitization Project Steering Committee (2001 - 2004)
Tim Ayers, Marilyn Deegan, Mick Eadie, Michael Evans, Shige Iwai, Geoff Laycock, Phill Purdy, Harold Short, Simon Tanner
Image Archive
All uncompressed images are saved and preserved by the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS).
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CVMA Digitisation Project

The photographic archive of the CVMA is housed at the National Monuments Record (English Heritage) in Swindon and contains approximately 30,000 images. These are being digitized, with priority given to colour images. A pilot project in 1999 involved the scanning of over 3,500 subjects, and a further 9,000 were scanned between 2001 and 2004 with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 18,000 images are now freely available over the internet. High-resolution copies of photographs can be ordered from NMR Enquiry and Research Services, English Heritage, Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2GZ. Sites are currently limited in the main to monuments in England; a few monuments in Wales are also covered. Ground-plans can be viewed for nearly 200 churches, supplied courtesy of the Lambeth Palace Church Plans Project.

The CVMA Picture Archive

Lincoln Cathedral, north-west transept, clerestory, rose window (detail)

There are four options for accessing images in the CVMA's database via the website:


The CVMA recently also launched Vidimus,, the only on-line magazine devoted to medieval stained glass. Vidimus appears monthly and subscription is free. Our aim is to share our enthusiasm for this unique art by bringing readers news and reporting on exhibitions, events, books and websites. Every month will bring one in a series of exclusive feature articles, for which a whole range of subjects is planned, including windows, techniques, artists, patrons, collections, and much more. In each edition there will also be a detailed examination of a single panel of glass, our Panel of the Month; this will provide insights into all sorts of stained-glass issues, and will constitute an invaluable teaching and learning resource.

Norwich, St Peter Mancroft, east window: Massacre of the Holy Innocents

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