The museum has a lively programme of events open to all. Please see below for what's on at the museum.

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Portraiture in Victorian Stained Glass - Online lecture (webinar)
21 Oct. 2020 7pm

Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee (Friends: £4.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee)
Location: OnlinePortraiture in Victorian Stained Glass - Online lecture (webinar) with Dr Jim Cheshire, Lecturer, University of Lincoln. This lecture will explore the significance of this phenomenon photographic portraiture in Victorian stained glass.

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.

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Conserving stained glass in the digital age - Leonie Séliger
28 Oct. 2020 7pm

Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee (Friends: £4.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee)
Location: Online“In the mind’s eye" - restoring historic stained glass in the digital age. Could we, and should we? - Online lecture (webinar)

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, and 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’.

As well as conserving historic 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.

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In the Light of Modernity - Mel Howse Online lecture (webinar)
4 Nov. 2020 7pm

Event category: Talk /Tour

Price: £5.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee (Friends: £4.00 + 95p eventbrite booking fee)
Location: OnlineIn the Light of Modernity – online webinar with award-winning glass artist Mel Howse.

Join us to hear about contemporary glasswork for architecture, both secular and ecclesiastical.

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. Buy Tickets (eventbrite)
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