BIFMO is currently comprised of five sources to inform scholars, academics, students, connoisseurs, and the commercial market.
Dictionary of British and Irish Furniture Makers, 1500-1914
The Dictionary of the British and Irish Furniture Makers (DBIFM) is a compilation of information about furniture craftspeople and artisans across Britain and Ireland over 400 years. At its core is a digitised version of Geoffrey Beard's and Christopher Gilbert's 1986 publication of the Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840. Over the past five years the Dictionary has been partially revised, updated and expanded by incorporating information published in scholarly journals, books and contemporary sources, to sit alongside the details of people who worked in the British and Irish furniture trades from the early 16th century to the onset of the Great War. The text of the original 1986 Dictionary can be found at: https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/dict-english-furniture-makers
A Dictionary of Edinburgh Wrights and Furniture Makers, 1660-1840
The Dictionary of Edinburgh Wrights and Furniture Makers was compiled by the late Francis Bamford and originally published in the annual journal of the Furniture History Society (1983): https://www.jstor.org/stable/23405697?seq=1
A Dictionary of Norfolk Furniture Makers, 1700-1840
Dr John Stabler published 'A Dictionary of Norfolk Furniture Makers' in Regional Furniture (2006) and revised the digital version for BIFMO in January 2021.
- Introduction to the Dictionary:
- Explanation of sources:
London Joiners’ Company Records, 1640-1783
London Joiners’ Company records include apprenticeship bindings (1640-1783) and freedom admissions (1651-1720).
London Upholders’ Company Records, 1704-1772
The records of Upholders’ Company apprenticeship bindings and freedom admissions were abstracted and indexed by Cliff Webb for the London Apprentices Series by the Society of Genealogists and generously contributed to the BIFMO project.