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Annual Lecture on David Hillman's Synagogue Stained Glass

David Hillman’s Stained Glass windows for Synagogues

A Lecture by Prof David Newman OBE
Followed by a viewing of the David Hillman 'Purim' window from the Old Bayswater Synagogue in The Stained Glass Museum
Bayswater synagogue window
Monday 16 September 2019, 2pm
Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Palace Green, Ely

Tickets: £9 Guests / £7.50 Friends

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In this talk Prof. Newman will shed light on the life and work of David Hillman (1894-1974), a prolific Anglo-Jewish artist who understood the deep connection between art and religion. Hillman was born in Glasgow and his father was Dayan Samuel Isaac Hillman, of the London Beth Din. He created stained glass windows for many London Synagogues, and one of his windows made for the old Bayswater Synagogue (demolished 1966) is on display at The Stained Glass Museum.
Prof. David Newman is a great nephew of the stained glass artist David Hillman, and a researcher of political geography and geopolitics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. On a recent sabbatical, Prof. Newman has been researching the stained glass windows created by artist David Hillman that can be found in synagogues in Israel and England. He is interested in both their artistic content and the social context of the people who were involved in their creation – ranging from Eastern Europe to Britain and to Israel.


Autumn Lectures 2019

Our 2019 Autumn lecture series will focus on concepts of ’new’ in relation to stained glass - from new ways of looking at this exciting medium, to new commissions, and new discoveries of medieval glass, presented in a new light.

All talks take place in Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Palace Green, Ely, CB7 4EW

Buy tickets for whole series: £35 / £30 for Friends of The Stained Glass Museum

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Mid-century modernity: new ways of looking at postwar stained glass 

Jane Brocket (author of How to Look at Stained Glass (2018))

Wednesday 2 October, 2pmSTammers 1957 east window in Christ Church, Hillsborough and wadsley Bridge, Sheffield

There is a great deal more to postwar church stained glass than Coventry Cathedral and John Piper. This talk looks at the period from a new angle and considers the evolution of the pictorial tradition in windows made from 1945 to the late 1960s. It reveals a multitude of fascinating windows which are inspired by and reflect the modern world, ordinary people, and everyday life. These were the work of a number of little-known but highly skilled, prolific designers and makers such as Harry Stammers, Harry Harvey, GER Smith, MC Farrar-Bell and John Hayward, who are now too often overlooked and underrated. Their brand of mid-century realism and style has created a rich legacy of twentieth century visual culture full of engaging and fascinating contemporary detail right down to, and including, the kitchen sink. 

Image: 1957 east window in Christ Church, Hillsborough & Wadsley Bridge, Sheffield, by Harry Stammers

Jane Brocket is the author of How to Look at Stained Glass: A Guide to the Church Windows of England (2018), a fresh, unstuffy, thematic guide which covers all major periods and styles, from medieval to modern, and makes looking at windows entertaining and rewarding. She is currently researching a book on postwar stained glass

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Redisplaying fragments of the newly discovered medieval glazing of Westminster Abbey

Laura Atkinson (Conservator, The Cathedral Studios, Canterbury)

Wednesday 9 October, 2pm

Laura Atkinson selecting glass fragmentsIn June 2018, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries opened at Westminster Abbey. The new gallery displays previously unseen treasures from the Abbey’s collections and allows for the first time visitor access to the Abbey’s medieval triforium. Before work started on creating the new gallery, the triforium space was cleared of the many accumulated stored objects and the floorboards were lifted. During this preliminary work, nearly 30,000 fragments of stained glass were discovered beneath the triforium floor.

The majority of the fragments are medieval in date and although many are small, their condition is remarkable given their age. During the sorting, fragments of particularly artistic and historic value have been identified, and long separated broken fragments reunited. Some of which are on display in the new public gallery. Further to these select fragments, two new windows utilizing the found glass have been installed into the access bridge leading to the gallery.

Image: Laura Atkinson selecting glass to be included in one of the new windows Image (C) The Dean and Chapter of Westminster

In addition to the creation of the two windows this talk outlines the work The Cathedral Studios at Canterbury Cathedral carried out sorting, photographing and cataloguing the fragments. Developing a suitable creative method for selecting fragments from such a large and varied collection for inclusion into the two new windows presented challenges. However, from these challenges arose an opportunity to develop a unique and innovative technique for displaying many of the fragments in the widows.  This new system frees the stained glass fragment’s edges from the technical necessity of being wrapped in lead and enables the historic glass to be viewed in full.

Laura Atkinson has been working as a conservator at the The Cathedral Studios since 2012, she was lead conservator for the Westminster Abbey glass finds project. She has an MA in Conservation of Historic Objects from The University of Lincoln. Previous to this her background is in 3D design, glass blowing and museum work.

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New glass commissions and their significance in the life and worship of a church or cathedral

Becky Clark (Director of Churches and Cathedrals for the Archbishops' Council of the Church of England; Secretary of the Church Buildings Council and Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England)

Wednesday 16 October, 2pmBaptistery window by Piper at Coventry

Commissioning new stained glass is a major moment in the life of churches and cathedrals, and one of those which the Church of England’s permission-giving authorities see as potentially controversial and divisive. Whilst the opportunities of new art to bring in new audiences and engage with people through creativity and beauty are inherent, the potential to get things wrong is always present.

This talk explores the reasons new stained glass might be commissioned, draws on projects and approaches that have been successful (and not) and will aim to inspire those who might be considering new stained glass in their own church to make the most of an often once-in-a-generation chance to add something significant to the history of the building.

Image: Baptistery window designed by John Piper and made by Patrick Reyntiens, (c.1959-62)

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John McLean’s three windows for Norwich Cathedral

Maclean window Norwich CathedralRev. Canon Jeremy Haselock (Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen and former Vice-Dean of Norwich Cathedral)

Wednesday 23 October, 2pm

Rev. Canon Jeremy Haselock

In 2014 three new colourful stained glass windows were installed in the north aisle of the nave of Norwich Cathedral. The windows were designed by British abstract painter John Maclean. Rev. Canon Jeremy Haselock, former Vice-Dean of Norwich Cathedral will tell us more about this commission and Maclean's creative process.

Image: John Maclean windows in the north aisle of Norwich Cathedral (2014)

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All talks take place in Ely Cathedral Education & Conference Centre, Palace Green, Ely, CB7 4EW

Individual Tickets: £9 / £7.50 for Friends of The Stained Glass Museum



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