Medieval Brasses: Windows onto the Past

The Monumental Brass Society, founded in 1887 at Cambridge, England, preserves and records English monumental brasses from the middle ages through the early modern times. These brasses serve as a "picture book " of the past, denoting important people and events in British history.

Viewing these brass rubbings provides reliable contemporary sources for the study of heraldry, armor, costume, and jewelry. The MBS web site has various topics, including creating your own brass rubbing kit, techniques to use in rubbing, and a themed picture library with several images of brasses for each topic.

The MBS has recently expanded its field of interest, covering the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and Continental Europe and beyond. Also found on the web site are links to other Societies concerning the Middle Ages and links to picture libraries and other useful resources for those studying Medieval England.