British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO)

The British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO) project is a partnership between the Institute of Historical Research and the Furniture History Society.

The BIFMO mission is to serve as the one-stop definitive resource for British and Irish furniture makers from the beginning of the 17th century to the onset of the Great War, by providing the details of furniture manufacturers and suppliers: their organising structures, their clientele, the material they produced and the services they provided.

The newly redesigned search facility makes it possible to carry out both simple and analytical queries.  At the most basic level it acts as a searchable directory of furniture makers and associated trades, providing access to names, occupations, dates, the locations of artisans and tradespeople, the products they supplied and the clients and patrons they served. However, BIFMO now also has the ability to carry out statistical and quantitative queries to inform social and economic analysis.