Study Days and Visits
'Mitres, Martlets and Mantling': A Heraldry Study Day with Chloë Cockerill
Saturday 10 September 2016, 10.30am-4pm
Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Ely
Heraldry is all around us – in both ecclesiastical and secular buildings – and can often provide vital information about the people associated with, and the history of a building or place. This Study Day provided abasic introduction to the language and art of heraldry in all its various forms. So if you are baffled by blazons and confused by cadency, fear no more! Open to all, this study day will help you to recognise, interpret and accurately describe a variety of heraldic emblems.
The day will be in split into two halves. In the morning session we will be given two informal introductory lectures the first of which will focus on how to identify and describe shields, colours, furs and the royal arms, and the second will focus on how to understand heraldic arms which demonstrate peerage, and family pedigree. In the afternoon we will go on a heraldic tour of Ely Cathedral to look at ecclesiastical arms and many other examples of heraldry in situ, before visiting The Stained Glass Museum to see some fine examples of heraldic stained glass in both the Museum’s main gallery and reserve collection.
Chloë Cockerill is a former Regional Development Manager for The Churches Conservation Trust. She is a lecturer for NADFAS, The National Trust and many historical associations throughout Britain, with a special interest in heraldry and fabulous beasts. She has written articles and guide books on churches and heraldry and is an Ely Cathedral guide and Friend of The Stained Glass Museum.
Stained Glass Walking Tour in Fulham and Putney
21 May 2016
Walking tour with stained glass artist and teacher Caroline Swash, author of 100 Best Stained Glass Sites in London (2015), exploring four sites in Fulham and Putney.
Stained Glass in Essex Churches: Visits to Clavering, Little Easton, Great Dubmow, Saffron Walden and Newport
30 June 2015
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. Guided by Christopher Parkinson and Jasmine Allen.
Science and Stained Glass: Visit to Royal Medical Hospital, Whitechapel and Royal Society of Chemistry
Hot Glass!: Visit to London Glassblowing Studio and the V&A Museum
Wednesday 26 February 2014, 10-4pm
Explore one of Europe’s leading glassmaking studios and the collection of stained glass in the world’s first public museum of decorative arts.
At the London Glassblowing Studio, established by Peter Layton in 1976, we will gain a unique insight into the magical transformation of hot molten glass into unique free blown artworks. We will then travel by tube to the V&A Museum where we will be met by Assistant Curator of Glass and Ceramics, Terry Bloxham, and guided round the stained glass, including the recently conserved and reinstalled William Bell Scott windows designed and made for the Museum building, 1867-69.
Study Day along the Norfolk and Suffolk Border: Visits to Elveden, Herringswell, Icklingham and West Tofts
2016 Study Weekend: Essex
2016 Study Weekend
Thursday 21 - Sunday 24 April 2016
Our 2016 study weekend took place in Essex and opned our eyes to the vast amount of historic and modern glass to be seen in this county. From our base in the historic town of Colchester, we visited a variety of sites over the weekend to see a range of glass from the medieval to the modern period. Highlights included rare 12th and 13th French century glass at Rivenhall, unique 14th century fragments at Sheering, a 15th century Tree of Jesse at Margaretting, imported 16th/17th century continental glass from the Neave Collection at Noak Hill and Prittlewell, and early 19th century pictorial glass at Leigh-on-Sea.
We were also fortunate to see a number of high quality 19th and 20th century stained glass windows, inclujding the early Burne-Jones windows for Powell & Sons at Waltham Abbey, as well as windows by Townshend and Howson, and A. K. Nicholson at Prittlewell. More recent works by Lawrence Lee and Susan McCarthy were seen at the 'Art Nouveau Cathedral' at Great Warley, as well as a John Hayward window at Sheering. St Alban's Church Romford proved particularly intersting for its fine array of 21st century fittings and furnishings including stained glass commissioned in the last decade by Father Hingley from Patrick Reyntiens.
Previous annual study weekends:
- 2016 - Essex
- 2015 - Coventry and Warwickshire
- 2014 - Salisbury and Wiltshire
- 2013 - Nofolk and Suffolk (Study Day)
- 2012 - Cambridge
- 2011 - The North East
- 2010 - Liverpool
- 2009 - Wells
- 2008 - Canterbury
- 2007 - York
- 2006 - London
- 2005 - The Lake District
- 2004 - Norwich
- 2003 - Ely
- 2002 - Oxford
- 2001 - Gloucester
Andrew Loutit, '"Proud as a Peacock" - the work of Theodora Salusbury 1875-1956', Thursday 29 September 2016, Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Ely.
Alan Brooks, 'Lowndes & Drury and Post-War Stained Glass', Thursday 6 October 2016, Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Ely.
Diana Coulter 'Keith New (1926-2012): master colourist and innovator', Thursday 13 October 2016, Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Ely.
John Reyntiens (Stained glass artist, Reyntiens Glass Studio), 'Still finding my way: a career in stained glass', Thursday 30 June 2016, Art worker's Guild, London.
Prof. Paul Binski (Professor of Art History, University of Cambridge), 'Wonderful Windows and English Gothic Art', Tuesday 22 September 2015, Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Ely.
Dr. Libby Horner (Art Historian), 'Frank Brangwyn's Stained Glass', Tuesday 29 September 2015, Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Ely.
Adrian Barlow (Art Historian), 'Charles Eamer Kempe and His Circle', Thursday 8 October 2015, Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Ely.
Keith Barley MBE FMGP ACR (head Conservator of Barley Studios), '"Herkenrode Conserved": the remarkable survival of a sixteenth-century masterpiece', Wednesday 29 July 2015, Art Worker's Guild, London.
Glass Collections in East Anglia - Autumn Series
Dr Jasmine Allen (Curator, The Stained Glass Museum, Ely), 'Masterpieces in colour and design: Medieval to contemporary stained glass at the Stained Glass Museum', Thursday 18 September, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Dr Vicky Avery (Keeper of Applied Arts, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), 'From Renaissance Venice to Post-Modern London: Highlights from the glass collection at the Fitzwilliam', Thursday 25 September, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Tom Perrett (Head of The Higgins, Bedford), 'A Museum in mind: Glass in the Cecil Higgins Collection', Thursday 9 October, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Prof. Paul Greenhalgh (Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich), 'Symbolism, naturalism, and decadence: Art Nouveau glass at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts', Thursday 16 October, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (rescheduled from the 2 October)
Dr Neil Moat, "He is nor Here...": First World memorial stained glass and the fragile art of remembranceWednesday 24 September, Ely Cathedral.
Dr Sharman Kadish (Director of Jewish Heritage UK), 'An Art Illuminated: Stained Glass in British Synagogues', Wednesday 23 July, New West End Synagogue, London.
Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe (Associate Fellow at the Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin), ‘Wilhelmina Geddes (1887-1955): "The greatest stained glass artist of our time"?’, Friday 27 September, St Peter’s Church, Broad Street, Ely.
Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe (Associate Fellow at the Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin), ‘The St. Wilfrid and St. John Berchmans Window in the Wider Context of Harry Clarke’s Stained Glass’, Saturday 28 September, The Stained Glass Museum Gallery, Ely Cathedral.
Martin Crampin (Research Student, University of Wales), ‘Ancient & Modern: Stained Glass from Welsh Churches’, Tuesday 22 October, St Peter’s Church, Broad Street, Ely.
Marie Stumpff (Senior Conservator, Glasgow Museums), ‘Research and Conservation of stained glass at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow’, Tuesday 29 October, St Peter’s Church, Broad Street, Ely.
Kate Baden-Fuller (Glass Artist and author of Contemporary Stained Glass) 'Contemporary Stained Glass - a selection from across the world’, Friday 8 November, St Peter’s Church, Broad Street, Ely.
Sarah Brown (Director of York Glaziers Trust), 'The Conservation of a Medieval Masterpiece: John Thornton's Stained Glass Apocalypse in York Minster', Wednesday 24 July, Art Worker's Guild, London.
'Paradise and Other Places': Images inspired by the divine and the everyday
June 2016 - July 2016
An exhibition of large-scale drawings and paintings have been inspired by the heavenly splendour of Ely Cathedral’s architecture and artworks found in the building as well as the collection of the Stained Glass Museum. This exhibition was mounted in the south-west transept, Ely Cathedral
Juliet Forrest: 'This Other Eden'
May 2016 - June 2016
An exhibition of landscape work in both acrylic painting and stained glass by Sheffield-based self-taught multimedia artist Juliet Forrest.
Leach & Sons: A Cambridge Stained Glass and Decorating Firm
October 2014 - July 2015
An exhibition of stained glass fragments and panels from this Cambridge studio of artist-decorators. Many medieval fragments, from the 12th to the 15th centuries, can be seen, as well as modern work by the firm.
'Harmony': Dylan Thomas International Glass Award
2 March - 4 June 2015
Touring exhibition of contemporary glass panels inspired by the poetry of Dylan Thomas. Organised and curated by the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD), supported by the British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP).
Leonard Walker (1877-1964): A Glass World
Experience the glass world of Leonard Walker (1877-1964). This temporary exhibition featured several stained glass designs by Walker and photographs of the artist at work, alongside two stained glass panels by Walker in the main gallery.
1 August - 29 September 2013
An exhibition of painted heads and faces on glass, from the medieval period to the present day. Highlighting panels from the Museum’s reserve collection.
29 April - 26 July 2013
A chance to see designs, cartoons and stained glass panels by eminent twentieth-century stained glass artist Francis Spear (1902-79). To purchase our Exhibition catalogue, please phone the shop on 01353 660347.
Piecing together the Pollen roundel
1 March - 16 April 2013
An exhibition revealing the architectural context of the rose window designed by John Hungerford Pollen for the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Rhyl, North Wales, which was demolished in 1976.