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These links have been subdivided into separate sections. However please note that this is somewhat artificial and there will be some overlap, so perhaps it would be best to simply browse through this list. Please let me know of any of relevance that you find or if any of these sites have disappeared. I have also included links to sites outside the scope of the Church Monuments Society but with some possible relevance, such as historical, archaeological, ecclesiastical and heritage sites and site dealing with cemeteries, war memorials.

Magazines, Journals & Other Publications

Although these are listed separately, the majority of societies produce journals and other publications of a very high standard

Antiquity This has been the main journal of archaeological research for 74 years. It is published quarterly.

BBC History Magazine A well balanced magazine dealing with history of all periods and all places although somewhat leaning towards UK history

History Today   The world's leading history magazine published monthly in London.

Paper: Tomb of Sir Hugh Caverley   Five Medieval Effigies

articles by Claude Blair, late Vice President, Church Monuments Society

Historic Churches

The Building Conservation website lists many organisations  concerned with old buildings, their conservation and repair. Click on the link for the magazine which should be of interest to CMS members and supporters.

The latest edition of Historic Churches has now been published and an on-line version may be accessed here. Furthermore articles from back issues of Historic Churches may be accessed here.

Societies and other Organisations

Ancient Monuments Society and Friends of Friendless Churches

The Ancient Monuments Society was founded in 1924 for the study and conservation of ancient and historic buildings and craftsmanship in GB. In association with The Friends of Friendless Churches, founded to save from demolition or ill use places of worship of architectural or historic interest

The Association for Gravestone Studies

The AGS is based in the United States but its aims and coverage are international. It was founded in 1997 for furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. They publish an annual academic journal, Markers, a quarterly magazine, AGS Quarterly and a monthly e-newsletter. They can be contacted at

The Churches Conservation Trust is a national body that cares for and preserves English churches of historic, architectural or archaeological importance which are no longer needed for regular worship. It promotes public enjoyment of these churches and encourages their use as an educational or community resource. The Trust's 330-plus churches are still consecrated and occasionally used for services. The Trust was set up in 1969 by the Parliament of the Church of England

The Chapels Society

Seeks to promote public interest in the architectural and historical importance of all non conformist places of worship and their associated structures.

Ecclesiological Society

Founded in 1878. For those who love churches there's everything about churches. A very fine site with many images and a wealth of interesting links.

English Heritage

The Government's lead body for the historic environment in England.

Their Viewfinder website contains 30 000 photographs from the archives which include, among other things, churches and monuments. Try searching using the general theme 'commemorative' qualified by county or place name.

Historical Chapels Trust

The HTC takes into its care redundant chapels and other (non-Anglican) places of worship in England of outstanding architectural and historic interest.

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the professional institute which represents conservation professionals in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom and Ireland.   It has approximately 1360 members, divided between fifteen branches. The institute exists to establish the highest standards of conservation practice to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment.

Mausolea & Monuments Trust is a charitable trust founded in 1997 for protection and preservation of mausolea and monuments in the United Kingdom. The Trust has recently launched an on-line gazetteer of mausolea, edited and partly compiled by founder-member of the Trust, Teresa Sladen.

Monumental Brass Society

The website for the Society for those interested in any aspect of monumental brasses and incised slabs of all dates in all countries. Includes an extensive bibliography, themed picture library, access to a topographical index to MBS publications and other research tools for those studying brasses and incised slabs.

National Churches Trust

National Federation of Cemetery Friends

Links various voluntary groups throughout the UK who work to conserve their local cemeteries and churchyards and develop them for environmental, educational and recreational purposes .

The National Trust

Founded in 1895 by three Victorian philanthropists who, being concerned about the impact of uncontrolled development, set up a trust for the nation for the acquisition and protection of our environment and heritage. The Trust is a registered charity and independent of government

North East War Memorial Project aims to record every war memorial between the Rivers Tweed and Tees

Public Monuments & Sculpture Association

For the promotion and preservation of public sculpture and monuments in the British Isles.

Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

Has a national role in the management of the archaeological, built and maritime heritage of Wales as an organiser and supplier of authoritive information for individual, corporate and governmental decision makers, researchers and the general public; to this end it surveys, interprets and record the man-made environment of Wales, compiles and curates the National Monuments Records of Wales and promotes the understanding of this information by all

Saving Graves

A US organisation but with world wide concerns about endangered cemeteries. A vast amount of links.

Save Our Parsonages was set up in 1995 oppose the sale by the Church of England of its traditional rectories and vicarages, on pastoral, practical, financial grounds as well as for Church heritage reasons. This organisation provides support and advice to parishes and communities that seek to retain their historic parsonage

Society for Church Archaeology aims to promote the study of churches and other places of worship along with their associated monuments.

War Memorial Trust A charitable trust dedicated to ensuring war memorials are properly maintained and preserved.

Church Care   The Church of England's national resource supporting 16,000 parish churches and 42 cathedrals.

Historic Cemeteries Conservation Trust of New Zealand

A recently set up organisation for care of NZ cemeteries

Virtual Organisations

These are societies, and other organisations, which exist only on the Internet; often (because of this) these are very fine web sites with many further links of interest. They may not deal specifically with church monuments but should contain much of interest related to this subject

ArtServe: Art & Architecture An extensive site, which will takes a good while to explore, on art and architecture in general but has monuments from all over Europe including England.

Cambridgeshire Churches Website

Ben Colburn & Mark Ynys-Mons's county site dedicated to churches of Cambridgeshire

Church Architecture Website

Phil Draper's ongoing celebration of church architecture of all periods. A wonderful site with many fine photographs and links.

Digital Atlas of England

This site is much reduced now. Howere it still gives detailed maps and lists of which churches are open, which are locked but give the key holder and which are locked but do not. A very useful link for church crawlers.

Dutch Architectural Site

This site gives many useful links about architecture in general.

Find A Grave

A somewhat lighthearted database of  just everybody  who is buried just about everywhere. Nevertheless, there is a very effective search facility and the site includes photographs of the graves and other relevant information.

Kent Churches Website

More county church sites are appearing: this one  - by John E Vigar - deals with churches of Kent. Although not specifically about monuments, there should be plenty of photographs worth seeing.

Looking at Buildings and Pevsner Architectural Guides

These two sites are produced by the Pevsner Architectural Guides and the Buildings Heritage Trust. The first is a new venture about British architecture in general but will contain information on church monuments. The second is about the famous Pevsner architectural guides which will eventually cover the whole of the British Isles; they list (nearly) every church monument.

Medieval Memoria Research in the Low Countries (MeMO)

The MeMO (Medieval Memoria Online) project at Utrecht University is a collaboration with Groningen University and the Free University Amsterdam. An illustrated database of Dutch medieval memorial paintings and sculptures is already available online, while a database of Dutch church monuments and ledgerstones from the twelfth to the late sixteenth century is currently being developed. To receive a copy of the online MMR newsletter, please contact:

The MeMO (Medieval Memoria Online) database was officially launched on Thursday 31 January 2013. It contains a wealth of material on medieval (or pre-Reformation) memorial culture within the present-day Netherlands. The database incorporates both memorial texts and objects up to c.1580, including tomb monuments and slabs. There is an extensive introduction that explains the aims and objectives of the project and instructions on how to browse or search in the database. All entries are in English and contain descriptions, measurements, locations, inscriptions (with translations), biographical information on the persons commemorated, literature, and photos where available. It thus offers scholars internationally a wonderful new research tool that is freely available to all.      

Some 800 tomb monuments and slabs across the country were professionally photographed especially for MeMO. Throughout these photographic sessions the ‘Tomb Team’ received tremendous cooperation from churches, staff and local volunteers. Their help was often vital in locating slabs, which were sometimes found in more unusual places, and not just inside churches.    

More time (and funding) is still needed to complete the mammoth task of checking and expanding the entries for all extant Dutch medieval monuments, but the present database is already an impressive result. And there is scope for yet more work, as there is a wealth of information in antiquarian texts and drawings waiting to be researched and added. The MeMO database can be found at Users are invited to submit comments, corrections and additions to in order to help improve the database.  

Memento Mori

Dane Munro's site with details of monuments to the members of the Order of St john of Jerusalem

Norfolk Churches Website

As the Suffolk Churches site (below) but dedicated to Norfolk Churches

Norwich Historic Churches Trust the website gives details of all 36 Norwich Medieval Churches including architecture, history and monuments. It lists, with photographs, all carved wall monuments with information about the main characters commemorated.

Poets' Graves

This site provides photographs of the graves of poets, the churches where they are buried, a portrait of the poet with links about their writings etc. There is a plan of where these graves are situated.

Scottish Graveyards  

Aimed at professionals and enthusiasts alike, this website offers free downloads on a range of graveyard related subjects from management and conservation, to recording and researching a graveyards history.  Links to over 100 useful contacts.  Monthly updates on news, events and publications.

Suffolk Churches Website

Simon Knott's alternative guide to Suffolk Churches which will eventually include the lot! Lots of lots of pictures of monuments.

Tombstones & Monumental Inscriptions

Wakefield based Guy Etchell's page which provides a truly vast amount of links to churches and churchyards. Many interesting photographs.

Tudor Effigy Database A pilot research by a member of the Church Monuments Society available free to anyone interested in 16th century dress.

Wiltshire Churches Duncan and Mandy Ball's site on churches but contains photographs of monuments under the heading 'memorials' for each church.

Worcestershire Churches and Churchyards Sally Lloyd's site with photographs of Worcestershire and surrounding counties.

World Heritage Alert

An online magazine that specialises in highlighting threats to the world's heritage places, particularly focusing on human cultural heritage.

Grave Matters

Jill Muir's detailed and interesting site on transcribing monumental inscriptions

Mapping the Practice & Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851 - 1951

This is a new source for studying sculpture which may be accessed by clicking on the link above.

The 1805 Group Click on the title for some information about Georgian monuments to naval heroes.

Stained Glass in Wales A recent project has produced this on line catalogue of stained glass from the 14th century to the present day; there are 5000 photographs illustrating this work.

Re-Reading the British Memorial A project based at the University of Southampton using a variety of techniques for recording, interpreting and sharing data on church memorials in the UK

Representing/Re-formation A multi-disciplinary approach to the study and recreation of Tudor monuments

War Memorials On Line

A new War Memorials website has been launched. As well as expert information, it allows users to upload their own material.

Effigies and Brasses

This is a collection of drawings, prints and photographs of effigies and brasses from all over Europe, mainly from the 14th century. Some of the illustrations - such as those from Stothard and Hollis - will be familiar but it's good to see them in a extensive collection, over 6000 images.

University Departments, Museums & Similar Entities

The Cosmati Pavement A very sophisticated website about  the famous Cosmatic Pavement, described as a masterpiece of the Middle Ages.

Centre for Death & Society (University of Bath) is the UK's only centre devoted to the study and research of social aspects of death, dying and bereavement. Established in September 2005, CDAS is an interdisciplinary centre of regional, national and international importance. Visit their web site for details of events, conferences, courses, news etc.

Art & Architecture Website from the Courtauld Institute


Monument Records

being a list - provided by member Barbara Tomlinson of the National Maritime Museum - of organisations which hold records of church monuments.

National Monuments Records Centre,

Great Western Village, Kemble Drive , Swindon SN2 2GZ

Tel: 01793 414600; Fax: 01793 414606

Commonwealth War Graves Commission,

2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7DX

Tel: 01628 634221; Fax: 01628 771208

Society of Genealogists,

14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA

Tel: 020 7251 8799


NADFAS House, 8 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DT

Tel: 020 7430 0730; Fax: 020 7242 0686

Westminster Abbey Library,

The Chapter Office, 20 Dean's Yard, Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA

Tel: 020 7222 5152; Fax: 020 7233 2070  E-mail

The Ledgerstone Survey of England and Wales

This project now has its own website which may be visited by clicking on the above title

Photographs of Church Monuments

Church Monuments Photographs Hundreds of photographs of monuments taken by several people, including Society members.  Despite the title of Monuments Today, it is not about contemporary monuments but includes those from all times. Well worth a visit.  Also, the following site, although concerned with church furnishing, also contains photographs of monuments:

Church Furnishing Photographs


More specialised group photographs:

Funerary Symbolism - Photographs

Church Monuments Materials

Portraits on Church Monuments

Statua Loricatus   Photographs of church monuments and sculpture from Europe, especially Belgium and mainly military

St Lawrence, Towcester, Northamptonshire This takes you to the home page of a site about the church.

Wikipedia The on-line encyclopedia. This is the main page about church monuments with links to other pages and sites (including this one)

Royal Berkshire History Part of David Nash Ford's site on Berkshire history. This links to the church index page with lots of internal links to follow.

All Saints, Nocton, Lincolnshire The monuments page of the church site.

Symbolism on Gravestones

  Here are two links about symbolism on gravestones with the relevant photographs:

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