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Monument to John Knox, 1825

The images contained on these web pages form part of the database of the National Recording Project (NRP), which can be found on the web at, and contains textual information giving core data on over 9,000 public sculptures and monuments in a geographical area covering 75% of Britain. The NRP is the principal project of the PMSA which is a charity supported by subscribers, founded in 1991 for the promotion and protection of the nation's public sculpture and commemorative monuments. The PMSA President is His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO; the Patron is Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, CBE, RA, and the Chair is Loyd Grossman. The NRP was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund; also by the Dulverton Trust, the Henry Moore Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust, and many regional institutions.

All Hands by Brian Fell, 2001

NRP Beginning

The NRP, chaired by Ian Leith (English Heritage),is a continuing survey of all the public sculpture and monuments in Britain. Phase One of the survey was initiated in 1992, through a survey of Liverpool public sculptures carried out for the Walker Art Gallery and supported by National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, the University of Leicester and a generous individual contribution: completion took the form of Volume I of the NRP series Public Sculpture of Britain, by Terry Cavanagh, published by the Liverpool University Press (1997).

NRP Phase Two

Queen Victoria by Matthew Noble, 1856

In 1997, the NRP was awarded a £470,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant for 75%Phase Two national coverage: this included most urban centres and some rural areas of England, all of Wales, South-West Scotland and the City of Glasgow. On the Tenth Anniversary of the PMSA, held at the Courtauld Institute of Art, the NRP launched its prototype database and website which are based at the National Archive Centre (NAC) in the Conway Library at the Institute. June of the following year saw completion of HLF-funded Phase Two, which comprised data-gathering from site and archival sources, writing to database (specially-designed by Jeremy Beach), and site photography carried out at twelve Regional Archive Centres (RACs) based in universities, colleges and museums throughout Britain. Consolidation of the regional databases into one national database, and digitisation of images, were carried out respectively by Dr David Powell of King's College, London and the Witt Computer Index at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

NRP Phase Three

Angel of the North by Antony Gormley, 1998

Whilst the PMSA's National Recording Project continues to develop its database and website to complete its coverage of Britain, the public still has access to an invaluable and dynamic resource for educationists, researchers, local and social historians, community organisers, conservation, planning and listing officers, architects, and the general enthusiast. The images and data contained on these web pages are intended as an introduction to the nation's continuing collection of public sculpture and commemorative monuments in all their numerous variety of forms, ancient and modern.

Jo Darke, NRP National Co-ordinator, August 2002


Copyright for all images held in this collection is owned by the Public Monuments and Scupture Association.

Contact Details for the PMSA

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Address: Public Monuments & Sculpture Association
70 Cowcross Street
Tel: 020 7490 5001

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