Stained Glass Museum Lecture: Science and Stained Glass, by Dr David Dungworth

Saturday, 20th May 2017, 7.00pm, South Transept, Ely Cathedral.

Stained glass has been prized as a unique and colourful art form since the Middle Ages. This lecture will ask what science, as opposed to the skills of the art historian, can tell us about the making of stained glass windows. It will discuss the ingredients used in glass manufacture, and the techniques of forming, colouring and decorating stained glass.

Fig. 1. David Dungworth.

Fig. 1. David Dungworth.

David Dungworth is a heritage scientist with Historic England. He obtained his PhD from Durham University on the use of bronze and brass during the Iron Age and Roman periods in northern Britain through chemical analysis (XRF). After working for the University of Sheffield, David began work with English Heritage in 1999. He co-directed the excavation of the 17th-century glass production site at Silkstone, South Yorkshire and has carried out the scientific investigation of glass from Silkstone and many other sites in England. David has carried out the scientific examination of hundreds of fragments of historic window glass, including stained glass from Hampshire, Yorkshire and Warwickshire.

This lecture has been organised by The Stained Glass Museum for Ely Cathedral Science Festival, running from 18th May – 18th June 2017.

Tickets cost £7.50 for adults, and £4 for students and children under 16. For further information and tickets, visit the Stained Glass Museum website or call 01353 660347.

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