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Stained Glass in Essex Churches - Study Day

Tuesday 30 June 2015St Catherine, Newport

Clavering, Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Saffron Walden and Newport

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This group of relatively unknown churches includes 15th-century stained glass at Clavering (restored by Lowndes and Drury in the 1920s), 17th-century glass by Baptista Sutton at Little Easton and a variety of Arts and Crafts stained glass at Great Dunmow. We will travel by coach and be guided by Christopher Parkinson and Jasmine Allen.

Joining Instructions: A coach will depart Ely at 9:30am and return by 6pm. Those travelling by rail from the south/London can join us at St Mary''s Church, Newport for 10:45am. Newport is an hour by train from London Liverpool Street Stationand it is just a 10 minute walk to the church. The coach will also make a drop-off at Newport at the end of the day for 5pm.

Cost: £30 per person, including coach travel and tea. We will break for lunch in Saffron Walden where you can buy lunch or eat a packed lunch.

Right: St Catherine, St Mary the Virgin's Church, Newport (nIX, 2a)

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Annual Lecture


the remarkable survival of a sixteenth-century masterpiece

Keith Barley, FMGP, ACR

Wednesday 29 July 2015, 6.15 for 6.30pm

The Art Worker's Guild, London


The lecture will describe the survival of this remarkable collection of stained glass from sixteenth century Flanders, its journey to Lichfield in the early nineteenth century, and its recent programme of conservation in York in the twenty-first century. 

Angel at day of Last JudgementThe magnificent collection of Flemish glass created for the Abbey of Herkenrode (near Hasselt, Liège, in present-day Belgium) in the 1530s was once described by Charles Winston, nineteenth century barrister and antiquarian, as ‘perhaps the finest specimens of pictorial glass-painting in the world’. Since 1806, these remarkable windows have been housed in the Lady Chapel of Lichfield Cathedral, and since 2010 have been conserved at Barley Studio under the direction of Keith Barley FMGP ACR.  Five of the seven large windows depict scenes from the life of Jesus, from the Annunciation, through the Passion and the Resurrection to the Day of Judgement; the final two windows contain a collection of donor panels.

The Herkenrode windows date from the very end of the medieval period and show remarkable ‘Renaissance’ style painting effects, including heightened use of perspective and shadowing.  They are of international interest and importance, not least because they escaped the major restoration and repainting carried out on other Flemish glass of this period. 

Keith Barley FMGP ACR is internationally renowned in stained glass conservation. After completing his apprenticeship at the York Glaziers Trust in 1973, he founded his own stained glass company, Barley Studio. Barley Studio has undertaken many important conservation and restoration projects throughout the UK. In 1998 their work at Fairford was honoured by the prestigious National Award for Conservation,which remains the only National Award for Conservation to be made in the stained glass discipline. Keith has published widely on the study and conservation of stained glass and has given lectures and talks throughout the UK and abroad.

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