Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi of Great Britain

Overview

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

Founded in 1949, the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi 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 to 1540, CVMA (GB) has undertaken a project to create a digital Picture Archive, which they have made available on their web site.

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.


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 joined by an additional 8,500 images that CVMA (GB) has collected from various sources. ARTstor will be providing support to 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.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 18,000
Percentage of completion 72%

* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: July 25, 2013

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