Digital database planned for UK sculpture - Museums Association

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Digital database planned for UK sculpture

PCF and PMSA to create searchable online archive
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) and the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) are planning to work together to create a searchable online database of the UK's public sculpture from the 11th century onwards.

The comprehensive database, entitled Your Sculpture, will be freely available to the public online.

The charities hope the project will help protect sculptural heritage and improve awareness of the UK’s extensive collection of public sculpture.

The PMSA, which already publishes a survey of outdoor post-medieval sculpture and monuments, will use its expertise to focus on open-air works in the public realm.

The PCF, which recently launched a similar database entitled Your Paintings, will take responsibility for indoor sculpture in public museums and collections.

The project will have a strong emphasis on education, involving schoolchildren and students in the research process. It hopes to engage with new audiences from a wide spectrum of the population.

In a statement, the PMSA said: “The project is of major importance because it will catalogue and photograph the nation’s public sculpture, and bring to attention the many works in public collections that are in storage and not ordinarily on view.

“It will also provide these collections with full photographic records of, and online access to, their sculptural holdings.”

The project is expected to take four years to complete, subject to funding being secured.

When finished, it will enable users to search for sculptural items, view high quality images of them, add personal comments and find links to other sources of information.

PMSA chairman John Lewis said: "We are looking forward to a productive collaboration with the PCF, which will enable us to realise our common goals."

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