Church Monuments Society

The Church Monuments Society

What is the Church Monuments Society?

The Church Monuments Society is for everyone who is fascinated by tomb carvings, from medieval effigies to modern gravestones. We organise excursions and study days, publish a journal and a newsletter, and advise on conservation and interpretation of monuments.

Due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, the Society will be monitoring the situation for events planned later in the Summer: please check the website under Events for any additional updates.

While we are all working online, it’s even more important that we are careful about things like copyright. Our social media policy is on the Governance page under the About tab.


Essay competition

2020 Competition

Our current competition is for an essay on an aspect of church monuments of any period in Britain or abroad. The aim of the competition is to inspire new authors for the CMS journal. Therefore, the competition is open only to those who have not already published an article in Church Monuments. The prize is £500 plus publication in our internationally-recognised journal.


Last Rites: Funerals and Funerary Monuments

Rewley House Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA

This weekend school will provide an opportunity to explore the development of funeral rites and the commemoration of the dead in England from the middle ages to the nineteenth century.