Taking a step back from the more technical posts for a moment on ‘Project Gargoyle’ – definitely more catchier than ‘Project Figurative Carvings’ or ‘Project Anthropophagous Carvings’ – have you seen the first part of the Presidential Address in the Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 58 (1936), 31-40? This deals with anthropophagous (man-eating) ones from pre-1974 Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire with a few more general comments on style, dates, comparative material and locations across the country and Europe than just a single church-based article. It doesn’t mention any Leicestershire examples but might be helpful to see; let me know if you want a copy of or a weblink to the article.
We're currently starting a volunteer project to record figurative carvings in churches in Leicestershire ('Project Gargoyle' was catchier than 'Project Figurative Carvings'!).
Although we're going to try and incorporate the archive into the HER, questions have been raised about whether we should also deposit the data (in the form of digital images and an accompanying spreadsheet) somewhere else. The ADS and NMR were mentioned. In the longer term the project may spread into neighouring counties - the guy doing it (Bob Trubshaw) is very keen. If it does spread it would definitely be good to have the entire archive in one place as well as in separate county HERs (if other HERs want the stuff). I wondered how people normally dealt with big projects like this...
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