Welcome to the Leicestershire and Rutland Carvings  (LARC) Project. The LARC Project is developing a publicly accessible online image catalogue for all the figural medieval carvings inside and outside the churches of Leicestershire and Rutland. The LARC Project is the continuation of Project Gargoyle which was founded in 2009 to recruit and supervise volunteer photographers to record these carvings. The two projects are now running in parallel.

Most figural carvings in churches date from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries although carvings from the early medieval period are also included. There was also a significant nineteenth century revival of carving in the medieval style called ‘Gothic Revival’ and these images have also been photographed.  Please look at our other pages for further information  including links to newsletters, events, video presentations, articles and further reading.

The development of this website and database has been supported by a grant from Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society (LAHS)

The project is also supported by Leicestershire Fieldworkers, the Diocese of Leicester, university academics and project volunteers.

For futher information see our other pages:

Project Gargoyle
How to get involved in Project Gargoyle
Heritage Gateway
LARC Project
How to get involved in the LARC Project
News and Events