The Stained
Glass Museum

Lecture series 2017

Autumn Lectures

Autumn Lectures PosterThis year's series of autumn lectures covers a range of topics, from 15th century medieval glass at York Minster, to the art of Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, contemporary architectural glass, and the stained glass windows to be found in the ELy Diocese.

All lectures take place on Wednesday afternoons, at 2pm in Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Palace Green, Ely, CB7 4EW.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

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Lectures are open to all. A reduced ticket price is available to Friends of the Stained Glass Museum.

All four lectures: £25 Friends (£30 non-Friends)

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Individual tickets: £7.50 each Friends (£9 for non-Friends). To purchase individual lecture tickets, please make purchase tickets separately below. Alternatively book over the phone: 01353 660347

Building the Picture: Investigating the Life of St Cuthbert Window, York MinsterSt Cuthbert receiving a fish
Katie Harrison (University of York)
Wednesday 13 September, 2pm

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The fifteenth-century Life of St Cuthbert Window in York Minster is one of Britain’s largest narrative windows, with seventy panels showing scenes from St Cuthbert’s life. The scale and past rearrangement of panels make it difficult to unravel the original narrative and its significance. To accurately identify the original design of the window requires an understanding of past production and repair approaches, as well as close analysis of surviving physical evidence and documentary sources. This paper will discuss how different types of evidence are combined to confirm the subjects of the panels and their place within the narrative, bringing new light to this monumental window.

'St Cuthbert Receiving a fish from an eagle' Panel 13b, St Cuthbert Window, Image Nick Teed, York Glaziers Trust © Dean & Chapter of York Minster

Aesthetes and Anglicans: Sacred Beauty in Stained Burne-JonesGlass and Painting by Edward Burne-Jones
Dr Ayla Lepine (University of Essex / University of Cambridge)
Wednesday 20 September, 2pm

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Throughout the last half of the nineteenth century, Edward Burne-Jones’ contributions to the visual arts consistently offered images that put themes of beauty and religion in intimate dialogue. This lecture focuses on both famous and lesser-known projects, and on Cambridge in particular, to draw out some of the themes common to Anglicanism’s Gothic Revival and the Aesthetic Movement as seen through the lens of Burne-Jones’ artwork. At Jesus College, All Saints Jesus Lane, and Peterhouse in Cambridge, Burne-Jones interpreted lives of saints and writers alongside allegorical figures and holy angels. Simultaneously, he was at work on commissions for paintings exploring the Arthurian legend, Venus and desire in the narratives of antiquity, and the heritage of European folktales. In each case, Burne-Jones’ unique understanding of what some in the late Victorian era termed ‘the cult of beauty’ was at the forefront of his expressive and distinctive style. Whether designing stained glass to direct worshippers’ hearts to heaven, or producing paintings focusing on the joys and sorrows of earthly love, the relationship between religion and Aestheticism was always a close and complex one.

All 250. The stained glass windows of Ely Diocese
Revd Steve Day (Vicar, Papworth)
Wednesday 27 September, 2pm

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Stephen Day has been a parish priest in Ely Diocese for 8 years, and an enthusiastic photographer of stained glass windows for far longer. He has recently been given the opportunity to survey all the windows in the parish churches of Ely Diocese.

Recently completed architectural glass commissions 
Derek Hunt FMGP ACR
Wednesday 4 October, 2pm

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Derek Hunt is a renowned British glass artist who designs glass artworks for public spaces, including libraries, schools, hospitals, theatres, and churches. He works with sculptural objects which can be hung on wires or fixed to walls, and also makes traditional stained glass. Every project is unique, with a focus on collaboration and community engagement being at the heart of many commissions.

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