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Church Monuments Society Archive


  • [1970s]-2017 (Creation)

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0.6 cubic metres

19 boxes

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Administrative history

The Church Monuments Society was founded in 1979 to 'promote, for the public benefit, the study, care and conservation of funerary monuments of historical, artistic or educational importance, and related art of all periods and of all countries.'

It is governed by a council of officers, including a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Officer, Events Co-ordinator, Journal and Newsletter editors, Archivist and six ordinary members, all elected annually.

In addition to a biennial symposium and annual study days, the Society publishes an annual academic journal, 'Church Monuments' and a twice-yearly newsletter.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 2013. Further additions were made to the archive in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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Scope and content

Rules of the Society, c.1970s; Council meeting minutes and related papers, 1979-1984, 1988-2002, 2010-2014; Officers meeting minutes, 1987-1988, 1991-2002; Annual General Meeting minutes and related papers, 1998-2004, 2009-2013; membership lists, 1998, 2006-2007; correspondence, 1994-2005; newsletters, 1986-2013, 2015-2019 (including digital copies from 2003); Journal of the Church Monuments Society, 1985-2018; Council for the Care of Churches site reports, 1981-1997, and Pastoral Measure reports, 1999-2000; Report on the proceedings of the 1st Monumental Effigy Symposium, 1978; publications including ‘One Thousand Years of English Church Monuments’ edited by Sally Badham, Ecclesiology Today, 2010, and ‘Medieval Church and Churchyard Monuments’, by Sally Badham, 2011.


Further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Includes digital compact discs. Access to digital material may be restricted due to technical requirements, please contact the Borthwick Institute for more information.

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This material has not yet been catalogued. A partial box list is available for consultation, please contact the Borthwick Institute for more information.

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 10.10.16. Updated 08.10.18.




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