National Survey of Medieval Wall Painting
Begun in 1980, the National Survey of Medieval Wall Painting has been coordinated throughout its existence by David Park. Originally funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and with photography undertaken by the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, the Survey archive is housed in the Conservation of Wall Painting Department at The Courtauld. This enormous archive contains records of all surviving and recorded medieval wall paintings throughout the British Isles, as well as similar records for medieval polychrome sculptures, paintings on wood, and painted textiles. It is probably the most comprehensive archive of its type in the world, including not only photographic records but conservation reports and art-historical information (both published and unpublished). It has been drawn on for many scholarly publications, such as the recent Wall Paintings of Eton book, as well as other research-related activities such as the exhibition Wonder: Painted Sculpture from Medieval England held at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds in 2002-03.
Additionally, the Survey also holds records of domestic wall paintings dating from before c.1800, since these are often particularly vulnerable to damage or destruction. The Survey is constantly updated, not least with the continuing discoveries which make this such an exciting field, and is available for consultation by all interested students, scholars, conservators and members of the public. Those wishing to consult the Survey should make an appointment with Professor Park: firstname.lastname@example.org