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Summer Events at the Stained Glass Museum

Fig. 1. The Star of David, Reading Synagogue, (c) English Heritage, photo by Michael Hesketh-Roberts

Annual Lecture

Tickets are now available for the 2014 annual lecture and special tour, which will take place on Wednesday 23 July 2014, 5.30–7.30pm. The lecture is on stained glass in the British synagogue and will be given by Dr Sharman Kadish, Director of Jewish Heritage UK.

Fig. 1. The Star of David, Reading Synagogue, (c) English Heritage, photo by Michael Hesketh-Roberts

Fig. 1. The Star of David, Reading Synagogue. (c) English Heritage, photo by Michael Hesketh-Roberts

In this illustrated lecture, Dr Sharman Kadish will introduce the variety of stained glass to be found in synagogues across Britain, casting light on a significant but under-appreciated Jewish art form. She will explore examples from synagogues all over the country, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, including works by designers David Hillman, Nehemiah Azaz, and Roman and Ardyn Halter.

Following the tour, attendees will be given a guided tour of the New West End Synagogue, a beautiful Victorian building with stained glass windows by N. H. J. Westlake and Erwin Bossanyi. The lecture will be held at the New West End Synagogue, Bayswater. Tickets are £15 in advance, or £18 on the door. The price includes the lecture, tour and refreshments. Tickets are available online here, or by telephoning 01353 660347.

Summer Garden Party and Visit

Fig. 2. The Crucifixion with angels collecting Christ’s blood, C16, from a window in the west tower of St Mary’s Church, Stradsett

Fig. 2. Stradsett, St Mary’s Church, west tower window: Crucifixion with angels collecting Christ’s blood, 16th century.

By kind permission of Sir Jeremy Bagge, friends and supporters of The Stained Glass Museum are invited to visit the church of St Mary, Stradsett, on the Stradsett Estate, Norfolk. The church retains many of its medieval architectural features, and the visit will be an opportunity to see the sixteenth-century east window from Augsburg (Germany), brought over to England in the early nineteenth century by John Christopher Hampp of Norwich, as well as several late nineteenth-century windows. After the visit, there will be a light buffet of sandwiches, cake and refreshments.

St Mary’s Church, Stradsett Hall, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, Friday 15 August, 3–6pm. A coach will depart Ely at 2pm, returning at 7pm. Tickets are £10 (including refreshments) or £20 (including coach travel and refreshments) and are available online here. Telephone the Stained Glass Museum on 01353 660347 for more information.