Portraiture in Victorian Stained Glass with Dr Jim Cheshire (University of Lincoln)

*Thursday 22 October, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)

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T. W. Camm for Winfield and Co., Detail of jubilee panel, north aisle window, Great Malvern Priory, 1887.   (c) Great Malvern Priory

T. W. Camm for Winfield and Co., Detail of jubilee panel, north aisle window, Great Malvern Priory, 1887.

The inclusion of portraits in stained glass is a notable feature of Victorian windows from the 1860s onwards, arguably a symptom of the wider democratisation of portraiture initiated by photography. In many Victorian windows, photographic portraits were used to incorporate individuals within religious imagery thus blurring the boundaries between personal experience and iconography and expanding the cultural role of the medium.

This lecture will explore the significance of this phenomenon and argue that it complicates any facile understanding of Victorian stained glass as uniform and mass produced.

Jim Cheshire is Associate Professor of Cultural History at the University of Lincoln, he works on nineteenth-century visual and material culture, particularly Victorian medievalism, stained glass and publishing history. His latest monograph, Tennyson and Mid-Victorian Publishing: Moxon, Poetry, Commerce was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 and he has recently written essays for the Routledge Companion to William Morris, the Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism and the Bloomsbury Cultural History of the Interior.

*Please note that this event was originally scheduled for 21 October

"In the mind’s eye – restoring historic stained glass in the digital age. Could we, and should we?" with Léonie Seliger (Director of Stained Glass, Canterbury Cathedral)

Wednesday 28 October, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)

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Example of a digital construction of a window, Gatton, Surrey   (c) Canterbury Cathedral

Example of a digital construction of a window, Gatton, Surrey

This talk will explore the different ways stained glass windows lose parts of themselves (be it their applied decoration, the glass, or ‘just’ the lead), and how the cause of the damage may influence our approach to repair. Craft skills, artistic sensitivity, art historic understanding, and the tools of the virtual age all play a part in 21st century approaches to conservation. The talk will look at a number of examples, the good, the bad, and – yes – the ugly.

Léonie Seliger joined the team of Canterbury Cathedral’s stained glass conservation department in 1991, and graduated from York University with an MA in Conservation Studies in 2001. She became Director of Canterbury Cathedral’s stained glass department in 2006, where she is responsible for the conservation of the cathedral’s internationally important early medieval windows, as well as for many conservation projects in other places, including Westminster Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral.

Léonie advises the Dioceses of Canterbury and Rochester on the restoration/conservation of historic stained glass as well as on new designs for windows. She is the co-author of ‘Conserving Stained Glass using Environmental Protective Glazing’, a research paper commissioned and published by Historic England in 2019, and co-author of the upcoming Historic England guidance note ‘Dealing with Environmental Deterioration of Stained Glass’.

Léonie also designs and makes new windows, including glass for the new chapel in the Margaret Thatcher Wing of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Stour Music Window in All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph, and a window for the chapel in Benenden School.

'In the Light of Modernity'- webinar with Mel Howse, award-winning glass artist)

Wednesday 4 November, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)

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Mel Howse on the scaffolding at Durham Cathedral during the installation of the Illumination Window.  (c) Mel Howse

Mel Howse on the scaffolding at Durham Cathedral during the installation of the Illumination Window.

Mel Howse is an award-winning artist, designer and maker of public art commissions. She works primarily in the mediums of glass and metal. Mel’s portfolio embraces art that is integral to exterior and interior architecture, and to the sense of place. Her design style is progressive, innovative, and intentionally utilises contemporary industrial techniques.

Mel’s approach to her work is to continually re-evaluate the opportunities offered by the materials in her chosen medium. She is a fervent believer in the merits of being both the designer and the maker, and pursues this principle so as to sustain and fulfil the purpose of her art.

Over the course of 25 years Mel has completed a diverse range of commissions, including most notably: 500sqm art glass façade for retailer J Sainsbury's in Central Milton Keynes; the Huddleston Memorial Window at Lancing College Chapel on the theme of apartheid and dedicated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu; the Art Bath in cast iron and fired enamel; and public art for developer Clarion for a mixed-use Brighton development by architect Conran and Partners, with awards for both the development and the art.

In 2019 she installed The Illumination Window at Durham Cathedral, which resides in the north quire aisle alongside the Shrine of St Cuthbert. Join us to hear about contemporary glasswork for architecture, both secular and ecclesiastical.

'Tinker Tailor and Other Tales in Stained Glass' - webinar with Rachel Mulligan

Wednesday 9 December, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)

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Rachel Mulligan 'Tailor' (2020)  (c) Rachel Mulligan

Rachel Mulligan 'Tailor' (2020)

This online webinar and Q and A with stained glass artist Rachel Mulligan will focus on her series of story-telling panels. In the last ten years Rachel Mulligan has produced several small-scale stained glass panels as part of a narrative series of exhibition pieces. Traditional themes and tales are reimagined with a modern twist in Mulligan's characteristic style. This online webinar and Q and A will explore these works beginning with her Labours of the Month (2010) series, Seven Ages of Man series (2015-17) and most recent Tinker Tailor pieces (2020) which were inspired by the coronavirus pandemic and UK lockdown.

Rachel Mulligan studied fine art and specialised in printmaking before discovering stained glass at an adult education class. She went on to study at Central St Martins and then at Chelsea School of Art. Since 1995 she has completed many commissions for homes across Surrey and for public buildings including Haslemere Museum, The Cassel Hospital, Isleworth Town Hall and Castletown Primary School. Her exhibition panels are in the collections of Godalming Museum and the Royal College of Nursing. Her series The Seven Ages of Man were exhibited at Strawberry Hill House and the Stained Glass Museum. Rachel teaches stained glass from her garden studio in Surrey. She is an Associate of the British Society of Master Glass painters and serves on their Council and she was recently admitted as a Freeman to the Worshipful Company of Glaziers.


HelenWhittaker  (c) Stained Glass Museum


Old Craft, New Art. Webinar with Helen Whittaker

Wednesday 15 July 2020, 7pm

The Stained Glass Museum hosted its first online annual lecture, "Craft New Art: An Artistic Journey in Stained Glass" with Helen Whittaker MA FMGP of Barley Studio on 15 July 2020. More than 120 people joined us from all over the world for this fantastic illustrated lecture.

If you missed this event, you can watch a recording on our YouTube channel here


2020 Study Weekend


The Museum's 2020 Study Weekend has been postponed until 2022 (21-24 April 2021) due to ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). More information coming soon.

  (c) Stained Glass Museum

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

From our base in the historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, on the edge of High Weald, the 2022 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.

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.

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