BEMA, as our homepage outlines, is run primarily as a free-time project alongside other responsibilities. The project does, however, entail various costs, beyond our time, which we think is worth it to make these fabulous images and the resource they represent available to whoever wants to use them. We would therefore like to thank here all of the people and groups who make this possible!

In addition, start-up funding from  provided us with some scanning equipment and external hard-drives for archive storage. Finally, in order to provide long-term access to the full image archive via this website, we pay an annual subscription to WordPress for online storage, back-up and web-support. Various sources of support contribute to making BEMA possible and

Professor Anthony Bryer
The late Prof. Anthony Bryer (1937-2016), whose archive constitutes one of the richest on this website, was an early and vital supporter of BEMA. His start-up funding allowed us to buy scanning equipment and portable hard-drives for secure, multi-site back-up. We are very grateful and glad to acknowledge the ongoing support of Jenny Banks-Bryer for the project and her continued involvement, enthusiasm and encouragement.


Birkbeck, University of London 

BEMA is a voluntary project, which is not affiliated with any institution. Nevertheless, the support of Birkbeck’s Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is warmly acknowledged, in covering the cost of the annual WordPress subscription, which provides us with online storage, back-up and web-support.


College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham
The summer undergraduate research internship of the College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham 2014-15 made available funding to support two interns, who worked to digitise large parts of the Bryer Archive and publicise the project.


Voluntary participation

BEMA is also very glad to receive support from volunteers looking to gain experience in Byzantine studies, interested in image archives or simply looking for something to do which will contribute to wider scholarly endeavours. Currently work is being done by one volunteer to provide meta-data and additional historical context for David Talbot-Rice’s images of Trebizond. If you are interested in working with any of this material on a voluntary basis, please contact us. There are lots of things you could do to make this database richer and more useful from wherever you are in the world.



Last, but by no means least, use of all of our images is free and we are very fortunate to be able to say that donations are not a requirement for keep this resource available.  Therefore, if you feel that BEMA provides a valuable repository for you and you wish to make a donation, we guarantee that anything given be contributed directly to the Anthony Bryer Postgraduate Travel Fund, established in memory of Bryer and to promote scholarship in the challenging and adventurous tradition he represented. Accounts available upon request.

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