Martin Crampin joined the Centre’s staff in 1999 to work with Peter Lord on the series of CD-ROMs for the Visual Culture of Wales Project. Building on the text of the three printed volumes, he was closely involved with recording, editing and illustrating interviews, as well as providing additional photography and design.
Martin was based at the Centre while working on a subsequent AHRC research project, Imaging the Bible in Wales. The project was based at the University of Wales, Lampeter, but was run in collaboration with the Centre and the National Library of Wales. As artist, researcher and designer, he managed the production of the online database and DVD-ROM, which was written with John Morgan-Guy. Together with designing the website and DVD-ROM, and recording and editing further interviews, Martin photographed hundreds of artworks for the project in churches and collections all around Wales.
Following the conclusion of this AHRC project, Martin worked as a cartographer and illustrator for the Ancient Britain and the Atlantic Zone Project. This work drew in part on one of his earlier research interests in prehistoric and medieval archaeology, developed during his MA in Celto-Roman Studies at the University of Wales College, Newport.
Developing the research undertaken during the Imaging the Bible in Wales Project, Martin conceived a new project focusing specifically on stained glass in Wales. During the Stained Glass in Wales Project (2009–11) Martin wrote hundreds of new window records for the database and added over 4,000 photographs to the resource. His online Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue was launched in June 2011 and continues to grow. Since the end of the project Martin has focused his interest in stained glass on a volume outlining the history of stained glass in Wales, and Stained Glass from Welsh Churches was published in 2014.
As well as working independently as a photographer and designer in a variety of media, as a practising artist Martin has exhibited across Wales and internationally. In November 2011 Martin became one of the first PhD students at the Centre, with the assistance of a University of Wales Scholarship. Bringing the experience of all of these previous research projects together with his work as a visual artist, he has been researching medievalism in Welsh visual culture while producing new artwork based on medieval patterns from the Cistercian abbey at Strata Florida and the churches at Llananno and Gresford. Following an exhibition at the Cloister Gallery, St Davids Cathedral, in February 2014, his PhD exhibition was held at Queen's Hall Gallery, Narberth, from 2 August until 6 September 2014.
In November 2014 Martin joined the Cult of Saints in Wales Project, and working part-time on the project he will be co-ordinating a series of events around Wales sharing the research of the project, which will be accompanied by a small touring exhibition. He is also preparing supporting material for the project website that will provide supplementary information about the saints of Wales. Welsh saints is one of his longstanding research interests, having exhibited images and installations based on the lives of Welsh saints in 2000–2003. More recently he has been researching depictions of Welsh saints in places of worship, and a book on the subject is in preparation.
Stained Glass at Hafod (Aberystwyth, Sulien Books, 2016).
The Medieval Tiles of Strata Florida (Aberystwyth, Sulien Books, 2014).
Stained Glass at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Tenby (Aberystwyth, Sulien Books, 2014).
The Medieval Grotesques of Gresford (Aberystwyth, Sulien Books, 2014). (Aberystwyth, Sulien Books, 2014).
Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont, Y Lolfa, 2014)
The Stained Glass of St Michael's Church, Llanfihangel Genau'r Glyn (Wendall Publications in association with Llandre Parocial Church Council, 2013)
'Stained Glass in Wales', Vidimus, Feature for Issue 57, February 2012.
Stained Glass in Wales, online catalogue (launched 2011), <http://stainedglass.llgc.org.uk>|
‘Biblical Art from Wales: the Mediaeval Influence’, in Martin O’Kane and John Morgan-Guy (eds.), Biblical Art from Wales (Sheffield, 2010).
(with John Morgan-Guy), Imaging the Bible in Wales (DVD-ROM) (Sheffield, 2010).
(with John Morgan-Guy), Imaging the Bible in Wales, online database (launched 2008), <http://imagingthebible.org/wales>.
‘Interpreting Welsh Medieval Narratives: Exploring Parallel Traditions and Historical Process through Contemporary Art’, Studi Celtici, III (2004), 295–324.
Contributions to the Visual Culture of Wales series of CD-ROMs by Peter Lord (Cardiff, 2000, 2002, 2004).
‘Arthur y Saeson’, Tu Chwith, 15 (2001), 112–14.