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About the BRF Collection

The Byzantine Research Fund Archive (BRF) is a unique collection of architectural drawings, photographs and notebooks created from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century by a small team of British architects trained in the Arts & Crafts tradition whose studies of Byzantium shaped the Byzantine Revival in later years.

The collection contains over 1,500 drawings and 1,000 photographs, numerous notebooks and the corporate records associated with the Byzantine Research and Publication Fund, the original body created in 1907 to support this work. Although the Fund was associated with the BSA from the time it was founded, it was not until 1937 that the BSA formerly took over the property and operation of it. The BRF Archive contains records of Byzantine monuments in Greece, Turkey, Italy, the Near East, Egypt, and Cyprus. In some cases, the collection contains the only record of a monument before its destruction in modern times, the most important example being the church of Hagios Demetrios in Thessalonike which was almost completely destroyed in the Great Fire of 1917 shortly after being recorded by one of the BRF architects, Walter Sykes George. It also contains personal records of the following architects; Robert Weir Schultz, Sidney Howard Barnsley, Walter Sykes George, William Harvey, Harold Swainson, Peter Gus Corbett, and A.H.S (Peter) Megaw. The aspirations of the BRF Archive Project today are to make these materials accessible to a wide range of researchers.

Unidentified Church[BRF/01/01/02/042], Unidentified Church, 1896-1897 [BRF/01/01/02/042], Unidentified Church, 1896-1897

Column and various Ionic impost capitals. A note in pencil dated in 22/03/1939 identifies P. Rodeck as the creator of the drawing.

Hagios Panteleemon[BRF/01/01/07/246], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/07/246], Hagios Panteleemon, 1888-1890

South-east elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled:'Church of S. Panteleemon Thessalonica', No 6. It is labelled: 'South-East Elevation'. Furher annotation in pencil survives.

Hagia Sophia[BRF/01/01/13/012], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909 [BRF/01/01/13/012], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909

Upper row: Longitudinal section, Cross section, West elevation. Lower row: Ground plan. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'The Church of Sta Sophia at Andravida in Elis Greece'. It is labelled In ink: 'Long Section', 'Cross Section', 'West Elevation'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Hagia Sophia[BRF/01/01/13/013], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909 [BRF/01/01/13/013], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909

Sketches, Sections and Plans of various architectural members and parts of the building. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'The Church of Sta Sophia at Andravida in Elis Greece'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Hagia Sophia[BRF/02/01/13/041], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/041], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909

North side. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagia Sophia[BRF/02/01/13/042], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/042], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909

South side. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagia Sophia[BRF/02/01/13/043], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/043], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909

View from south-west. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagia Sophia[BRF/02/01/13/044], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/044], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909

West façade. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagia Sophia[BRF/02/01/13/045], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/045], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909

Central vault over east end. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagia Sophia[BRF/02/01/13/046], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/046], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909

Piscina (?) in the main church. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagia Sophia[BRF/02/01/13/047], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/047], Hagia Sophia, 1905-1909

Piscina (?) in the south chapel. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagios Georgios[BRF/01/01/15/001], Hagios Georgios, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/15/001], Hagios Georgios, 1888-1890

Pointed arch part of elevation (?). This is a preliminary drawing. It is labelled in pencil (S. George Androusa ?) in the upper right-hand corner.

Hagios Georgios[BRF/01/01/15/003], Hagios Georgios, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/15/003], Hagios Georgios, 1888-1890

Part of east elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is labelled in pencil (S. George Androusa Messenia) in the upper left-hand corner.

Hagios Georgios[BRF/01/01/15/002], Hagios Georgios, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/15/002], Hagios Georgios, 1888-1890

East elevation. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in pencil: 'Church of S. George Androusa, East End, 1/2 Scale).

Monastery of Hagios Nikolaos[BRF/02/01/13/038], Monastery of Hagios Nikolaos, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/13/038], Monastery of Hagios Nikolaos, 1905-1909

The Hegoumenos of the monastic community with unidentified pilgrim. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/079], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/079], Church of the Nativity, 1908

North wall of nave: Mosaics by the windows. The photograph is annotated and dated in ink at the back: 'MOSAICS ON N. WALL BETHLEHEM. 1908'. See also photos nos. 02/14/02/01(BRFno. 02/03/01/080) and 02/14/02/02 (BRFno. 02/03/01/081).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/080], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/080], Church of the Nativity, 1908

North wall of nave: Mosaics by the windows. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photos nos. 02/14/01/04(BRFno. 02/03/01/079) and 02/14/02/02 (BRFno. 02/03/01/081).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/081], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/081], Church of the Nativity, 1908

North wall of nave: Mosaics by the windows. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photos nos. 02/14/02/01(BRFno. 02/03/01/080) and 02/14/01/04 (BRFno. 02/03/01/079).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/082], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909? [BRF/02/03/01/082], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909?

North wall of nave: Mosaics by the windows. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photo no. 02/14/02/04 (BRFno. 02/03/01/083).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/083], Church of the Nativity, 1908-1909? [BRF/02/03/01/083], Church of the Nativity, 1908-1909?

North wall of nave: Mosaics by the windows. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photo no. 02/14/02/03 (BRFno. 02/03/01/082).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/084], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/084], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Furniture (old reading desk) and Metalwork (candelsticks) in the church. The photograph is annotated and dated in ink at the back: 'OLD READING DESK + CANDLESTICKS BETHLEHEM. 1908'. Further annotation in pencil survives. See also photos nos. 02/14/03/02 (BRFno.02/03/01/085) and 02/14/03/03 (BRFno 02/03/01/086).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/085], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/085], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Furniture (old reading desk) and Metalwork (candelsticks) in the church. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives. See also photos nos. 02/14/03/01 (BRFno.02/03/01/084) and 02/14/03/03 (BRFno 02/03/01/086).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/086], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/086], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Furniture (old reading desk) and Metalwork (candelsticks) in the church. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives. See also photos nos. 02/14/03/01 (BRFno.02/03/01/084) and 02/14/03/02 (BRFno 02/03/01/085).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/035], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909 [BRF/02/03/01/035], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

North side looking south-east. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photo no. 02/13/25/01 (BRFno. 02/03/01/36).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/036], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909 [BRF/02/03/01/036], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

North side looking south-east. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photo no. 02/13/24/04 (BRFno. 02/03/01/35).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/040], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909 [BRF/02/03/01/040], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

View inside the Greek convent (the galleries). The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back.

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/041], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/041], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Interior of the nave of the basilica looking east. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photos nos. 02/13/26/03 (BRFno 02/03/01/42) and 02/13/26/04 (BRFno 02/03/01/43).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/042], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/042], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Interior of the nave of the basilica looking east. The photograph is annotated and dated in ink at the back: 'BASILICA AT BETHLEHEM. LOOKING EAST. 1908'. Further annotation in pencil survives. See also photos nos. 02/13/26/02 (BRFno 02/03/01/41) and 02/13/26/04 (BRFno 02/03/01/43).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/043], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/043], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Interior of the nave of the basilica looking east. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photos nos. 02/13/26/02 (BRFno 02/03/01/41) and 02/13/26/03 (BRFno 02/03/01/42).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/045], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/045], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Interior view of the north apse from the south. The photograph is annotated and dated in ink at the back: 'BASILICA. BETHLEHEM. N. APSE FROM S. APSE. 1908'. See also photos nos. 02/13/27/03 (BRFno. 02/03/01/46) and 02/13/27/04 (BRFno. 02/03/01/47).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/046], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/046], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Interior view of the north apse from the south. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photos nos. 02/13/27/02 (BRFno. 02/03/01/45) and 02/13/27/04 (BRFno. 02/03/01/47).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/047], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/047], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Interior view of the north apse from the south. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photos nos. 02/13/27/02 (BRFno. 02/03/01/45) and 02/13/27/03 (BRFno. 02/03/01/46).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/048], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/048], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Interior view of the north apse from the south (closer view). The photograph is annotated and dated in ink at the back: 'NORTH APSE OF BASILICA BETHLEHEM (FROM S. APSE). 1908'. See also photos nos 02/13/28/02 (BRFno 02/03/01/49) and 02/13/28/03 (BRFno 02/03/01/50).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/050], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/050], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Entrance to burial crypts. The photograph is annotated and dated in ink at the back:' ENTRANCE TO BURIAL CRYPTS BETHLEHEM. 1908'.

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/044], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909 [BRF/02/03/01/044], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

South transept looking north-east. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back.

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/052], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/052], Church of the Nativity, 1908

View of the burial crypts under the nave from inside one of them. The photogarph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photo no.02/13/29/02 (BRFno 02/03/01/053).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/053], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/053], Church of the Nativity, 1908

View of the burial crypts under the nave from inside one of them. The photogarph is annotated and dated in ink at the back:'SERIES OF BURIAL CRYPTS BETHLEHEM UNDER NAVE OF BASILICA. FLASHLIGHT FROM INSIDE LOOKING OUT. 1908'. Further annotation in pencil survives. See also photo no.02/13/29/01 (BRFno 02/03/01/052).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/054], Church of the Nativity, 1909 [BRF/02/03/01/054], Church of the Nativity, 1909

View of the series of burial crypts (the vaults) looking east. The photograph is annotated and dated in ink at the back: 'BRANCH SERIES OF BURIAL CRYPTS. BETHLEHEM FLASHLIGHT - LOOKING EAST TO MAIN SERIES. 1909'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/055], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909 [BRF/02/03/01/055], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

View of south-east pier of crossing from south-east. The photograph is annotated in ink at the bottom: 'SE PIER OF CROSSING FROM S.E. BETHLEHEM'. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back. See also photo no. 02/13/30/01 (BRF no. 02/03/01/056).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/056], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909 [BRF/02/03/01/056], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

View of south-east pier of crossing from south-east. The photograph is annotated in ink at the bottom: 'SE PIER OF CROSSING FROM S.E. BETHLEHEM'. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back. See also photo no. 02/13/29/04 (BRF no. 02/03/01/055).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/057], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909 [BRF/02/03/01/057], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

Nave column (the capital). The photograph is annotated in ink at the bottom: 'CAPITAL OF COLUMN OF NAVE. BETHLEHEM'. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back. See also photo no. 02/13/30/03 (BRF no. 02/03/01/058).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/058], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909 [BRF/02/03/01/058], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

Nave column (the capital). The photograph is annotated in ink at the bottom: 'CAPITAL OF COLUMN OF NAVE. BETHLEHEM'. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back. See also photo no. 02/13/30/02 (BRF no. 02/03/01/057).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/059], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909 [BRF/02/03/01/059], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

Carved soffit of lintel under columns of nave. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back.

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/087], Church of the Nativity, 1909 [BRF/02/03/01/087], Church of the Nativity, 1909

Carved wooden narthex doors to basilica. The photograph is annotated and dated in ink at the back: 'CARVED WOODEN DOORS FROM NARTHEX TO BASILICA BETHLEHEM. 1909'. Further annotation in pencil survives. See also photo no. 02/14/04/01 (BRFno 02/03/01/088).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/088], Church of the Nativity, 1909 [BRF/02/03/01/088], Church of the Nativity, 1909

Carved wooden narthex doors to basilica. The photograph is annotated and dated in ink at the back: 'CARVED WOODEN DOORS FROM NARTHEX TO NAVE OF BASILICA OF THE NATIVITY BETHLEHEM. 1909'. Further annotation in pencil survives. See also photo no. 02/14/03/04 (BRFno 02/03/01/087).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/060], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/060], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Northern doorway to grotto of the Nativity. The photograph is annotated and dated in ink a the back: 'NORTHERN ENTRANCE TO GROTTO OF THE NATIVITY IN BASILICA BETHLEHEM. 1908'. Further annotatiion in pencil survives. See also photo no. 02/13/31/02 (BRFno. 02/03/01/061).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/061], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/061], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Northern doorway to grotto of the Nativity. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photo no. 02/13/31/01 (BRFno. 02/03/01/060).