The Ancestors at Canterbury Cathedral

Fig. 1. Abraham. © Dean & Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral.

Fig. 1. Abraham. © Dean & Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral.

As reported in Vidimus 88, twenty-one mostly life-sized figures from the Great South Window of Canterbury Cathedral will be on show inside the cathedral from 18 May until 25 August 2015. The exhibition of the stained glass will be accompanied by a series of Friday evening lectures, which explore the history, iconography and medieval technology that created the Canterbury Ancestors.

22 May 2015, The Archives

‘Before the Ancestors: the clerestory windows of the early 12th century’
Sandy Heslop BA FSA FRHistS, Professor of Visual Arts, University of East Anglia

5 June 2015, Cathedral Lodge Auditorium

‘Safeguarding the Ancestors: The Renewal of Canterbury’s Great South Window’
Canterbury Cathedral’s own heritage team: Jo Deeming BArch (hons), DipArch, MArch, RIBA, SCA, AABC, Surveyor to the Fabric; Heather Newton, Head of Stone Masonry and Conservation; and Léonie Seliger, Director of Stained Glass Studios

12 June 2015, Cathedral Lodge Auditorium

‘Making glass for windows in the Middle Ages’
Ian Freestone BSc, MSc, PhD, FSA, FGS, Professor of Archaeological Materials and Technology

‘An experiment in light’
Léonie Seliger, Director of the Stained Glass Studios

24 July 2015, The Archives

‘Series of Ancestors, Series of Miracles: The Glazing of the Trinity Chapel’
Dr. Rachel Koopmans, Associate Professor of Medieval History, York University, Toronto

For more information, visit the cathedral website.

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