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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.

St Nikolai[BRF/02/10/01/001], St Nikolai [BRF/02/10/01/001], St Nikolai

View of the iconostasis. The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. Creator unknown.

Hagios Stephanos (Fatih Camii)[BRF/02/02/04/001], Hagios Stephanos (Fatih Camii), ca. 1913 [BRF/02/02/04/001], Hagios Stephanos (Fatih Camii), ca. 1913

The two central columns of the atrium. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is number in pencil (6238). The photograph is annotated and signed (F.W.Hasluck) in pencil at the back.

Koimesis tes Theotokou - Hagios Ioannis - Hagioi Theodoroi[BRF/01/01/10/001], Koimesis tes Theotokou - Hagios Ioannis - Hagioi Theodoroi, 1905-1909 [BRF/01/01/10/001], Koimesis tes Theotokou - Hagios Ioannis - Hagioi Theodoroi, 1905-1909

Longitudinal section and ground plan of the Koimesis church - Longitudinal section and ground plan of the Hagios Ioannis church - Ground plan of the Hagioi Theodoroi church. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Chalandriza Elis Greece'. It is labelled in ink: 'Church of the Koimesis'. 'Hagios Ioannis', Hagios Theodoros'. Further annotation in ink survives.

Hagios Athanasios[BRF/02/01/10/009], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/10/009], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909

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

Hagios Athanasios[BRF/02/01/10/010], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/10/010], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909

View from the north. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagios Athanasios[BRF/02/01/10/011], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/10/011], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909

View from the north. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagios Athanasios[BRF/02/01/10/012], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/10/012], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909

View from the north. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagios Athanasios[BRF/02/01/10/013], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/10/013], Hagios Athanasios, 1905-1909

Closer view of the arcade (north side). Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Chaladritsa Castle[BRF/02/01/10/014], Chaladritsa Castle, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/10/014], Chaladritsa Castle, 1905-1909

View of the castle. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Chaladritsa Castle[BRF/02/01/10/015], Chaladritsa Castle, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/10/015], Chaladritsa Castle, 1905-1909

View of the castle. Further annotation in pencil survives at the back of the photograph.

Hagios Ioannis[BRF/02/01/10/007], Hagios Ioannis, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/10/007], Hagios Ioannis, 1905-1909

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

Hagioi Theodoroi[BRF/02/01/10/008], Hagioi Theodoroi, 1905-1909 [BRF/02/01/10/008], Hagioi Theodoroi, 1905-1909

View from the west. Further annotation in pecil survives at the back of the photograph.

S. Francis of Assisi[BRF/02/05/02/004], S. Francis of Assisi [BRF/02/05/02/004], S. Francis of Assisi

Upper church: The Meeting of S. Francis and S. Clara. This is a commercial photograph. It is annotated in pencil at the back. Creator unknown.

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/02/03/01/081], 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/02/03/01/079], 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/02/03/01/101], Church of the Nativity, 1907-09 [BRF/02/03/01/101], Church of the Nativity, 1907-09

Part of mosaic decoration in the aisles (the Councils?). Duplicate print exists. Oversize prints.

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/02/03/01/040], 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).

Holy Sepulchre (?)[BRF/02/04/01/005], Holy Sepulchre (?), 1907-1909? [BRF/02/04/01/005], Holy Sepulchre (?), 1907-1909?

Distant view of the Holy Sepulchre(?). The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back.

Dendera Basilica[BRF/01/06/01/001], Dendera Basilica, 26/05/1933 [BRF/01/06/01/001], Dendera Basilica, 26/05/1933

Ground plan. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Sketch-Plan of Church at Denderah'. It is signed (G.S. Mileham) in ink in the bottom left-hand corner. Further annotation in ink survives. Copies of the drawings could be found at the Griffin Library at Hill.

Dendera Basilica[BRF/01/06/01/002], Dendera Basilica, 26/05/1933 [BRF/01/06/01/002], Dendera Basilica, 26/05/1933

Ground plan. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'Sketch-Plan of Church at Denderah'. It is signed (G.S. Mileham) in ink in the bottom left-hand corner. Further annotation in ink survives. Copies of the drawings could be found at the Griffin Library at Hill.

Dendera Basilica[BRF/01/06/01/003], Dendera Basilica, 26/05/1933 [BRF/01/06/01/003], Dendera Basilica, 26/05/1933

Ground plan. This is a reproduction of drawings nos. 01/07/03/01/01 and 01/07/03/01/02 (BRF nos. 01/06/01/01 and 01/06/01/02). It is signed (G.S. Meham) and dated (June 1935) in pencil in the bottom right-hand corner. Copies of the drawings could be found at the Griffin Library at Hill.

Dendera Basilica[BRF/01/06/01/004], Dendera Basilica, 26/05/1933 [BRF/01/06/01/004], Dendera Basilica, 26/05/1933

Ground plan. This is a reproduction of drawings nos. 01/07/03/01/01 and 01/07/03/01/02 (BRF nos. 01/06/01/01 and 01/06/01/02). It is signed (G.S. Meham) and dated (Oct. 1938) in pencil in the bottom right-hand corner. Copies of the drawings could be found at the Griffin Library at Hill.

Dendera Basilica[BRF/01/06/01/005], Dendera Basilica, May 1933/October 1938 [BRF/01/06/01/005], Dendera Basilica, May 1933/October 1938

Incised paving (south side of the church). The drawing is entitled in ink: "Church at Denderah. Incised lines of paving on south side of church". It is signed (G.S. Mileham) and dated (1933 and Oct. 1938) in ink and pencil at the bottom. Copies of the drawings could be found at the Griffin Library at Hill.

Dendera Basilica[BRF/01/06/01/006], Dendera Basilica, May 1933/June 1935 [BRF/01/06/01/006], Dendera Basilica, May 1933/June 1935

Incised paving (south side of the church). The drawing is entitled in ink: "Church at Denderah. Incised lines of paving on south side of church". It is signed (G.S. Mileham) and dated (1933 and June 1935) in ink and pencil at the bottom. Copies of the drawings could be found at the Griffin Library at Hill.

Dendera Basilica[BRF/01/06/01/007], Dendera Basilica, May 1933/June 1935 [BRF/01/06/01/007], Dendera Basilica, May 1933/June 1935

Incised paving (south side of the church). This is a reproduction of drawing no 01/07/03/01/06 (BRF no 01/06/01/6). Copies of the drawings could be found at the Griffin Library at Hill.

Dendera Basilica[BRF/01/06/01/008], Dendera Basilica, May 1933/October 1938 [BRF/01/06/01/008], Dendera Basilica, May 1933/October 1938

Incised paving (south side of the church). This is a reproduction of drawing no 01/07/03/01/05 (BRF no 01/06/01/5). Copies of the drawings could be found at the Griffin Library at Hill.

Saint Stephan Cathedral[BRF/01/09/01/001], Saint Stephan Cathedral, 1887 [BRF/01/09/01/001], Saint Stephan Cathedral, 1887

Carved statues. The drawing is dated and initialed (SHB) in pencil in the lower right-hand corner.

Saint Pierre Cathedral[BRF/01/09/02/001], Saint Pierre Cathedral, 1887 [BRF/01/09/02/001], Saint Pierre Cathedral, 1887

Christ from the Last Judgement. The drawing is dated and initialed (SHB) in pencil in the lower right-hand corner.

Palaia Episkopi[BRF/01/01/11/001], Palaia Episkopi, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/11/001], Palaia Episkopi, 1888-1890

Ground plan. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in pencil: 'Tegea: Paleo-Episcopi'. It is labelled in ink: 'A Plan of the Church'. It is numbered in pencil (no 1) in the upper right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Palaia Episkopi[BRF/01/01/11/002], Palaia Episkopi, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/11/002], Palaia Episkopi, 1888-1890

Ground plan. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in pencil:' Tegea Palaia Episcopi, 1/4 Scale'. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Palaia Episkopi[BRF/01/01/11/003], Palaia Episkopi, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/11/003], Palaia Episkopi, 1888-1890

Longitudinal section. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in pencil: 'Tegea'. It has been left unfinished.

Palaia Episkopi[BRF/01/01/11/004], Palaia Episkopi, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/11/004], Palaia Episkopi, 1888-1890

Cross section. This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in pencil: 'Tegea'. It has been left unfinished.

Palaia Episkopi[BRF/01/01/11/006], Palaia Episkopi, 1888-1890 [BRF/01/01/11/006], Palaia Episkopi, 1888-1890

East elevation (upper half) - Cross section (lower half). This is a preliminary drawing. It is entitled in pencil:'Tegea - Palaeo-Episcopi'. It is labelled in ink: 'East Elevation' (upper part) - 'Section Through West End Of Nave Looking West' (lower part). It is numbered in pencil (no 3) in the upper right-hand corner. Further annotation in pencil survives.