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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.

Apalyros/Apalire Castle[BRF/02/01/16/024], Apalyros/Apalire Castle [BRF/02/01/16/024], Apalyros/Apalire Castle

View from the west. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back. Creator unknown.

Apalyros/Apalire Castle[BRF/02/01/16/025], Apalyros/Apalire Castle [BRF/02/01/16/025], Apalyros/Apalire Castle

View from the south. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back. Creator unknown.

Kastro in Naxos[BRF/02/01/16/026], Kastro in Naxos [BRF/02/01/16/026], Kastro in Naxos

Annotated in ink on the back, 'View of Castro with medieval wall, Naxos. Catholic cathedral just visible on the ...Orthodox cathedral in the foreground'

View of Kastro[BRF/02/01/16/027], View of Kastro [BRF/02/01/16/027], View of Kastro

Distant view. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

House Door[BRF/02/01/16/028], House Door, ca. 1913 [BRF/02/01/16/028], House Door, ca. 1913

House door with coats of arms and sculture decoration. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2827). It is initialed (A.J.B.Wace) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Venetian Cathedral[BRF/02/01/16/029], Venetian Cathedral, ca. 1913 [BRF/02/01/16/029], Venetian Cathedral, ca. 1913

Detail of door decoration. This is a Hellenic Society photograph (H.S. 2826). It is initialed (A.J.B.Wace) and annotated in pencil at the back.

Venetian Cathedral[BRF/02/01/16/030], Venetian Cathedral [BRF/02/01/16/030], Venetian Cathedral

South façade. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Venetian Cathedral[BRF/02/01/16/031], Venetian Cathedral [BRF/02/01/16/031], Venetian Cathedral

View of Palm Sunday celebrations. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Town[BRF/02/01/16/032], Town [BRF/02/01/16/032], Town

Street view. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Apano Castle[BRF/02/01/16/033], Apano Castle [BRF/02/01/16/033], Apano Castle

View from the east. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Castle[BRF/02/01/16/034], Castle [BRF/02/01/16/034], Castle

Marco Sanudo tower. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Hagios Mamas[BRF/02/01/16/036], Hagios Mamas [BRF/02/01/16/036], Hagios Mamas

South-west view. The photograph is annotated in ink at the back.

Hierapolis Outer Gate[BRF/02/02/03/004], Hierapolis Outer Gate, 1873 [BRF/02/02/03/004], Hierapolis Outer Gate, 1873

Hierapolis. Caria. Outer gate with round tower This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered (H.S. 3152) in pencil at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives.See SPHS log book for more details

Martyrium of Apostle Philip[BRF/02/02/03/005], Martyrium of Apostle Philip, 1873 [BRF/02/02/03/005], Martyrium of Apostle Philip, 1873

Hierapolis. Caria.The martyrium. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered (H.S. 3153) in pencil at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives which states it is a 'church' but does not identify it. See SPHS log entry for more detail.

Sardis Church D (the Catherdal)[BRF/02/02/03/012], Sardis Church D (the Catherdal), 1873 [BRF/02/02/03/012], Sardis Church D (the Catherdal), 1873

View of site with church remains. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered in pencil (H.S. 3159) at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Sardis Church D (the Cathedral)[BRF/02/02/03/013], Sardis Church D (the Cathedral), 1873 [BRF/02/02/03/013], Sardis Church D (the Cathedral), 1873

The `Justinian' church. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered in pencil (H.S. 3161) at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives.

Sardis Church D (the Cathedral)[BRF/02/02/03/014], Sardis Church D (the Cathedral), 1873 [BRF/02/02/03/014], Sardis Church D (the Cathedral), 1873

View of the landscape from the church. This is a Hellenic Society photograph. It is numbered in pencil (H.S. 3162) at the back. Further annotation in pencil survives.