Oh, this is so cool. In Leicestershire, England, a volunteer project has sprung up to photograph all the figurative carvings, an estimate of some 10,000 of them, from about 300 churches, historical buildings, everywhere they can be found, and compile them in one place for reference and study.
I like this because not only do I love gargoyles but I love the idea of this strictly volunteer project involving not only locals but anyone who takes a picture and documents it, making all of us junior archaeologists.
The project began in phases (from their website):
The pilot phase took place during 2009.
The main survey phase where Heritage Wardens and volunteers survey and record all the churches in Leicestershire and Rutland. This started in February 2010 and is expected to run until Summer 2011 or 2012
Once the photographs and associated details have been gathered, we hope to setup a system enabling the more detailed process of cataloguing different 'motifs' and making stylistic comparisons. This will be carried out by volunteers working from home; the timing for this is currently open-ended.
Leicestershire County Ccouncil's staff will also incorporate the images and information into the Historic Buildings, Sites and Monuments Record database.
If you, too, want to participate, here's the info you need: