British Society of Master Glass Painters Conference: Touring Leicester

Wednesday, 30th August – Saturday, 2nd September 2017

This year’s BSMGP Autumn Touring Conference will be based in Leicester. Although the final agenda is yet to be revealed, a rich and impressive itinerary is promised.  Potential highlights include Twycross, where the East Window houses some of the earliest stained glass now found in the country, originally painted for St Denis and the Ste Chapelle in Paris, and le Mans Cathedral; the Tudor Chapel at Withcote, where work attributed to Gaylon Hone, Henry VII’s glazier at King’s College, Cambridge; and, of course, the treasures of Leicester Cathedral itself. Here can be found fine examples of the work of leading Arts & Crafts artists, as well as very recent windows by Tom Denny, commemorating the discovery and reinterment of the bones of Richard III at Leicester (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1. Detail from window at Leicester Cathedral inspired by the life of Richard III.

Fig. 1. Detail from window at Leicester Cathedral inspired by the life of Richard III.

The Society’s conferences are led by expert guides in collaboration with members with local knowledge and connections. They attract a lively mix of stained glass artists, historians, conservators, researchers and other enthusiasts creating a vibrant and informal environment.

Residential places cost £390; non-residential places are also available at £270, including evening meals. There is a non-member supplement of £45, which includes an annual BSMGP membership. For further information and to book online, visit the BSMGP website. For enquiries, including student fees, please telephone 07969 793777 or email

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