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

The Mapping Sculpture Database has launched!

The Mapping Sculpture Database is now live at

If you are on a smartphone and would like to access the mobile version, click here:

What is Mapping Sculpture?

Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951 is the first comprehensive study of sculptors, related businesses and trades investigated in the context of creative collaborations, art infrastructures, professional networks and cultural geographies.

The University of Glasgow, in partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum and Henry Moore Institute , launched the project in September 2007. This is a major three-year research programme supported by a substantial grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, with additional funding from the British Academy and Henry Moore Foundation. The primary outcome of Mapping Sculpture 1851-1951 will be an open access online database on the GU website with postings of articles analyzing the results of the research. The database launch will coincide with exhibitions in the V&A's Gilbert Bayes Gallery and a collections display at the Henry Moore Institute.

                                Henry Moore Institute

Who funds us?

The Trustees of the Henry Moore Foundation financially assisted the project's development phase and the Arts and Humanities Research Council awarded 'Mapping Sculpture 1851-1951' major funding to support a three-year research programme launched in September 2007. 'Mapping Sculpture 1851-1951' has also been awarded British Academy Research Project status.   

In February 2010, The 'Mobilising 'Mapping Sculpture in Britain and Ireland, 1851-1951'' (Mobilising Mapping) project received a grant under the AHRC's Digital Equipment and Database Enhancement for Impact (DEDEFI) Scheme.




Project News


The project 'Mobilising ‘Mapping Sculpture in Britain and Ireland, 1851-1951’ has just been awarded £61,462 by the AHRC under the Digital Equipment and Database Enhancement for Impact (DEDEFI) Scheme (PI Alison Yarrington, History of Art, CI Ian G. Anderson, HATII).

Providing a new dimension to the original ‘Mapping’ project ‘Mobilising Mapping’ will enhance the functionality of the database, providing innovative personalisation features and a novel web interface optimised for mobile phone access. ‘Project Systems Developer Matt Barr (HATII), comments ‘the ubiquity and web accessibility of mobile phones opens up the possibility of rich in-situ information access and new modes of research. The ‘Mobilising Mapping’ project will also help address the social inclusion agenda as for certain communities the mobile phone is the sole means of accessing the Internet.’

The launch of the mobile interface will take place at the ‘Mapping Sculpture’ conference to be held in the Sackler Wing of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 25-26 February 2011 and will be advertised through signage in exhibitions and displays in the project’s partner institutions: Mapping Sculpture: Meetings – Materials – Makers’ (V&A, November 2010-May 2011) and ‘Mapping the Practices of Sculpture’ (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, October 2010-October 2011).