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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.

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/049], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/049], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Interior view of the north apse from the south (closer view). The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photos nos 02/13/28/01 (BRFno 02/03/01/48) and 02/13/28/03 (BRFno 02/03/01/51).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/051], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/051], Church of the Nativity, 1908

Interior view of the north apse from the south (closer view). The photograph is annotated in pencil at the back. See also photos nos 02/13/28/01 (BRFno 02/03/01/48) and 02/13/28/02 (BRFno 02/03/01/49).

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/089], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909 [BRF/02/03/01/089], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

Main entrance door. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back: 'MAIN ENTRANCE DOOR BETHLEHEM (fragment of cornice peeping from Armenian wall indicate pos. of small door). Further annotation in ink and pencil survives.

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/090], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909 [BRF/02/03/01/090], Church of the Nativity, 1907-1909

View of the mosaic decoration- East wall, North trancept, (Christological scene- The Incredibility of Thomas) .

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/096], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/096], Church of the Nativity, 1908

East apse of Greek choir of the basilica. The photograph is dated and annotated in ink at the back: 'EAST PASE OF GREEK CHOIR OF BASILICA + GREEK CONVENT. 1908'.

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/097], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/097], Church of the Nativity, 1908

North apse and medieval countrefort. The photograph is dated and annotated in ink at the back: 'NORTH APSE + MEDIEVAL COUNTRE FORT (OF OLD LATIN CHURCH PROBABLY) 1908'.

Church of the Nativity[BRF/02/03/01/098], Church of the Nativity, 1908 [BRF/02/03/01/098], Church of the Nativity, 1908

South apse of the basilica from the Greek tower. The photograph is dated and annotated in ink at the back: 'S. APSE BASILICA BETHLEHEM FROM GREEK TOWER 1908'.

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.

Mytilene Fortress[BRF/02/01/16/017], Mytilene Fortress, before 1913 [BRF/02/01/16/017], Mytilene Fortress, before 1913

Distant view. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2911). It is initialed (F.W.H.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Mytilene Fortress[BRF/02/01/16/018], Mytilene Fortress, before 1913 [BRF/02/01/16/018], Mytilene Fortress, before 1913

Distant view. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2912). It is initialed (F.W.H.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Mytilene Fortress[BRF/02/01/16/019], Mytilene Fortress, before 1913 [BRF/02/01/16/019], Mytilene Fortress, before 1913

Distant view. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2913). It is initialed (F.W.H.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Mytilene Fortress[BRF/02/01/16/020], Mytilene Fortress, before 1913 [BRF/02/01/16/020], Mytilene Fortress, before 1913

Close view of the towers. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2914). It is initialed (F.W.H.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Mytilene Fortress[BRF/02/01/16/021], Mytilene Fortress, before 1913 [BRF/02/01/16/021], Mytilene Fortress, before 1913

Close view of the towers. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2915). It is initialed (F.W.H.) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Nea Moni[BRF/02/01/16/006], Nea Moni, ca. 1913 [BRF/02/01/16/006], Nea Moni, ca. 1913

View from north-west. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. no. 6279). It is initialed in pencil (F.W.H) on the reverse. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Church of the Ascension[BRF/02/11/02/001], Church of the Ascension, 1903 [BRF/02/11/02/001], Church of the Ascension, 1903

East façade. The photograph is mounted and framed. It is signed and dated in ink at the back. Further annotation in ink survives.

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.

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.

Djordje Stupori Monastery[BRF/02/11/01/001], Djordje Stupori Monastery, 1903 [BRF/02/11/01/001], Djordje Stupori Monastery, 1903

South view. The photograph is mounted and framed. It is signed and dated in ink at the back. Further annotation in ink survives.

Bargello[BRF/01/05/02/001], Bargello, September 1888 [BRF/01/05/02/001], Bargello, September 1888

Font. The drawing is labelled, dated and initialed (R.W.S.) in pencil in the lower right-hand corner.

Bapistery-Florence: Battistero di S. Giovanni[BRF/01/05/02/002], Bapistery-Florence: Battistero di S. Giovanni, Oct. 3-4, 1888 [BRF/01/05/02/002], Bapistery-Florence: Battistero di S. Giovanni, Oct. 3-4, 1888

Bapistery-Florence. Detail of opus sectile on the pavement. This is a preliminary drawing. It is dated and labelled in pencil in the lower right-hand corner. "Oct. 3-4.88"

S. Lorenzo[BRF/01/05/02/003], S. Lorenzo, October 1888 [BRF/01/05/02/003], S. Lorenzo, October 1888

Elevations-Plans. The drawing is entitled in ink: 'San Lorenzo Florence. Plans etc of the Singing Gallery'. It is labelled in ink:'1/2 Plan of the upper part'., '1/2 Plan showing brackets @ soffit', 'End'. It is initialed (RWS) and dated in ink in the lower right-hand corner.

S. Lorenzo[BRF/01/05/02/004], S. Lorenzo, October 1888 [BRF/01/05/02/004], S. Lorenzo, October 1888

Elevation of the singing gallery. The drawing is labelled in ink:'San Lorenzo Florence. Singing Gallery. Attributed to Donatello. Inlays are of glass painted on back'. It is initialed (RWS) and dated in ink in the lower right-hand corner.

S. Miniato del Monte[BRF/01/05/02/006], S. Miniato del Monte, September 1888 [BRF/01/05/02/006], S. Miniato del Monte, September 1888

Elevation of inlaid marble screen. This is a preliminary drawing. It is dated and labelled in pencil in the lower right-hand corner.

S. Miniato del Monte[BRF/01/05/02/007], S. Miniato del Monte, 14/09/1888 [BRF/01/05/02/007], S. Miniato del Monte, 14/09/1888

Elevation (interior). This is a preliminary drawing. It is dated in pencil in the lower right-hand corner.

S. Miniato del Monte[BRF/01/05/02/008], S. Miniato del Monte, 13/09/1888 [BRF/01/05/02/008], S. Miniato del Monte, 13/09/1888

Elevation of the pulpit.(front side). This is a preliminary drawing. It is dated in pencil in the lower right-hand corner.

S. Miniato del Monte[BRF/01/05/02/009], S. Miniato del Monte, September 1888? [BRF/01/05/02/009], S. Miniato del Monte, September 1888?

Side elevation of the pulpit. This is a preliminary drawing.It is labelled in pencil at the bottom.

S. Stefano[BRF/01/05/02/011], S. Stefano, 13/09/1888 [BRF/01/05/02/011], S. Stefano, 13/09/1888

Elevation of the doorway. This is a preliminary drawing. It is labelled, initialed (RWS) and dated in pencil in the lower right-hand corner.

S. Croce[BRF/02/05/02/005], S. Croce [BRF/02/05/02/005], S. Croce

Bardi chapel: St Francis before the Sultan. This is a commercial photograph. It is annotated in pencil at the back. Creator unknown.

S. Maria Novella[BRF/02/05/02/008], S. Maria Novella [BRF/02/05/02/008], S. Maria Novella

Spanish chapel: Allegory of sciences. This is a commercial photograph. It is annotated in pencil at the back. Creator unknown.

S. Croce[BRF/02/05/02/006], S. Croce [BRF/02/05/02/006], S. Croce

Death of S. Francis by Giotto. This is a commercial photograph. It is annotated in pencil at the back. Creator unknown.

S. Minuto del Monti[BRF/02/05/02/007], S. Minuto del Monti, September 1888 [BRF/02/05/02/007], S. Minuto del Monti, September 1888

West façade. This is a commercial photograph. It is annotated in pencil at the back. It is stamped: 'Sept. 1888'. Creator unknown.