New Light on Medieval Stained Glass

Vidimus readers are invited to the inaugural lecture by Professor Ian Freestone at University College London on 12 March 2013 [Fig. 1].

Fig. 1. Prof. Ian Freestone.

Fig. 1. Prof. Ian Freestone.

Together with colleagues based in York and Cardiff, Professor Freestone has recently completed a major programme of scientific analysis of medieval stained glass. The project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, brought together archaeological scientists, art historians and conservators in an attempt to ensure that the contexts of the glass analyzed were fully understood. The result is a body of information that is significantly more comprehensive than has previously been possible. It is yielding new insights into glazing practices, the sources of raw materials, and the technologies of glass production and colouration. This important lecture will be held on Tuesday 12 March 2013 at 6.30 p.m., in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, University College London.

Admission is free but places must be booked on line here.


Ian Freestone worked for twenty-five years in the laboratories of the British Museum, researching the material science of artefacts from the Neolithic period through to early modern times. He moved to Cardiff University as a professorial research fellow in 2004, and on to UCL as Professor of Archaeological Materials and Technologies in 2011. His current research focuses on glass industries from the Roman period through to the Renaissance. He is a recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Pomerance Medal.

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