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Talks and lectures in 2018

Autumn Lecture Series

Autumn Lectures 2018

The first half of our 2018 series of autumn lectures (taking place on Wednesday afternoons) will look at the life and work of two stained glass artists working in the Arts and Crafts tradition - Henry Payne and Margaret A. Rope. These unique talks by descendants of the artists Caroline Swash (nee Payne) and Arthur Rope will bring fresh perspectives on art and biography.

The second half of the series (taking place during Wednesday evenings) turns to the use of glass in both a functional and decorative context within modern secular contexts. Geoff Brandwood, leading expert on historic pubs, will reveal the role of glass and other decorative arts in the late-19th and early 20th century pub interior, and Dr Clare Barry will discuss the innovative use of glass in the Victorian and Edwardian seaside pier.

Tickets can be purchased for individual talks, or the series as a whole.

Individual tickets: £9 / £7.50 Friends of SGM or Ely Cathedral

Whole series (4 talks): £30 / £25 Friends of SGM or Ely Cathedral

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Art and Biography

Henry Payne (1867-1940)

Caroline Swash ATD FMGP

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 2pm

Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre

Henry Payne (1867-1940) was a late Pre Raphaelite Artist Craftsman. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in the 1890s, trained with Christopher Whall in stained glass making in 1901 and then ran the glass course at Birmingham School of Art until 1908. As a painter he is best known for his murals in the Chapel of Madresfield Court and ‘The Choosing of the Red and White Roses’ in the Palace of Westminster, both commissioned by Earl Beauchamp. Payne moved to Gloucestershire in 1909 where he set up the ‘St Loe’s Guild’ in Amberley with his growing family of three sons, one of whom Edward Payne (my father) became his assistant and successor. Henry’s most beautiful work can be seen around Malvern and the Cotswolds, with fine windows in Yorkshire (Roker, Calton in Cleveland and Hutton Rudby. His most prestigious commission was Britain’s gift to France, stained glass for the Memorial Chapel at Notre Dame de Lorette.

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Margaret Rope of Shrewsbury (1882-1953), her life and works

Arthur Rope

Wednesday 10 October 2018, 2pm

Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre

The lecture will recount the life of this outstanding stained-glass artist in the Arts & Crafts Movement and will look at many examples of her work, with images from churches and private collections but also from her archive. An artist of outstanding intensity and religious passion, the work of Margaret Agnes Rope bears comparison with the greatest in the Movement.

Arthur Rope has researched the work of this artist and her cousin M. E. Aldrich Rope for over twenty years, collecting images of their works and attempting a complete list of windows. Peter Cormack called this an act of "familial piety" but Arthur maintains that it is work that every stained-glass artist of significance deserves .There will be an opportunity to purchase the volume that showcases virtually all her known works, an exhibition in a book.

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Pubs and Piers

The Dun Cow, SunderlandThe Golden Age of Pub Building + Beer Tasting by MileTree Brewery

Geoff Brandwood

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 7pm,

Oliver Cromwell House

The years around 1900 saw an explosion of pub-building both in terms of numbers and the sheer quality of what was put up. In this richly illustrated talk, Geoff will explore the background to this phenomenon and examine the rich variety of turn-of-the-century pubs. He will show how pubs then were very different from pubs today in terms of layout and organisation. He will also focus on the various arts of the pub interior, including decorative glass, that made them special places.

The talk will be followed by a beer tasting with Mile Tree Brewery. Bottles will be available for sale on the night (cash only).

Geoff Brandwood has for nearly two decades been a member of CAMRA's  Historic Pubs Group, which is dedicated to identifying, recording and campaigning for what remains of our historic pub heritage. He has lectured and written widely including CAMRA's Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs and co-authored English Heritage's best-selling  Licensed to Sell: the History and Heritage of the Public House.

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Glass and the Seaside PierNice pier

Dr Clare Barry

Wednesday 24 October 2018, 7pm

Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre

The seaside pier was one of the most exciting and innovative new building types to emerge in the nineteenth century. The use of glass in pier design has received relatively little attention, but this talk will explore its essential role in creating a space of spectacular exoticism and thrilling, subversive modernity.

Dr Clare Barry is a lecturer at the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts, a tutor at University of East Anglia and Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London. She gained her PhD from Middlesex University in Architectural and Cultural History.

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