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Annual Lecture 2020

Old Craft, New Art: An Artistic Journey in Stained Glass

An illustrated talk by Helen Whittaker MA FMGP, Barley Studio, York

Wednesday 15 July 2020, 7pm (UK BST)


We are delighted to announce that Helen Whittaker will be our speaker for the 2020 Annual Lecture. This will now take place online in the form of a webinar.

Numbers are limited. Please register/purchase a ticket using the link below. The webinar link will be circulated to all registered attendees prior to the event.

Tickets: £5 (Free for Friends of The Stained Glass Museum)

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Helen Whittaker is Creative Director to Barley Studio, York, a stained glass firm internationally renowned for both conservation and new work. She is an award-winning designer of stained glass windows and architectural sculpture in glass and copper, with over 100 commissions in prestigious ecclesiastical and secular buildings across the UK.

Helen Whittaker
Helen is a Court Member (the executive body) of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, chairing the judging panel for the national Stevens Architectural Glass Competition. She is a Brother of the Art Workers Guild, a Fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters and a Craft Scholar of the Prince’s Foundation, having received the prestigious Hancock Medal for High Achievement from the Prince of Wales.

In the past few years Helen has created a new window for the RAF Club, London, which was unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen, exhibited at the Prince and Patron exhibition for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, and worked in collaboration with David Hockney RA on the creation of The Queen’s Window for Westminster Abbey. In 2019 Helen was selected to help promote the United Kingdom Government’s international ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign to showcase British talent in the creative sector. As part of this campaign, two of her artworks promoting GREAT British Design and Craft are currently featured on posters at Manchester and Gatwick International Airports.


Study Weekend 2020


he Museum's 2020 Study Weekend has been postponed until 2021 (22-25 April 2021) due to ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Becket Miracle window detail

We hope that the 2020 Study Weekend in West Kentwill take place instead in 2021, on the following dates: Thursday 22 April - Sunday 25 April 2021

From our base in the historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, on the edge of High Weald, the 2020 Study Weekend will explore West Kent. A highlight of the weekend will be a full day in Canterbury visiting the world-famous Cathedral and The Cathedral Studios, the leading stained glass conservation, restoration and design studio within the Cathedral precinct. This is a fantastic opportunity to get behind-the-scenes at one of the leading conservation studios in the UK, responsible for looking after the internationally significant collection of medieval stained glass at Canterbury Cathedral.

Image: Miracles of Thomas Becket, Trinity Chapel window III, panel 57, Canterbury Cathedral.

Coach visits on Thursday afternoon and Saturday we include some spectacular 19th and 20th century glass in situ, including the complete set of Chagall windows in the parish church at Tudeley (unique in the UK), a scheme of extraordinary windows by Douglas Strachan in Winchelsea, and fine examples of the work of Morris & Co., Leonard Walker, and Rosemary Everett in the region.

We will be staying at the Royal Mercure Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells, a 4-star hotel built around an 18th century Georgian oast house in the Kent countryside. All bedrooms have complimentary high speed WiFi. Guests can also benefit from the swimming pool and facilities




Autumn Lectures 2020

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