Storm damage at Soisson Cathedral

Fig. 1. Storm damage to the west rose window at Soissons Cathedral.

Fig. 1. Storm damage to the west rose window at Soissons Cathedral.

Late in the evening of 12th January, a violent storm seriously damaged the magnificent west rose window of the cathedral of Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais at Soissons. Exceptionally strong gusts of winds tore the central oculus free from the window, shattering much of the glass, and leaving the remains suspended perilously from the broken tracery ‘petals’. This is the third time that the stained glass of the west rose window has been destroyed, following the explosion of a powder magazine in front of the church in 1815 and heavy bombardments during the First World War, but it is the first time that the stonework too has been seriously damaged. The explosion of glass and stone into the cathedral also badly damaged the great organ: the central window’s rosette was found on the organ bench. Scaffolding has now gone up and barriers have been installed to prevent the public from approaching the fragile remains of the window. Access to the cathedral will be closed until further notice. Masses will be celebrated, as during each window, in the adjoining chapel.

University of York Spring Master Class

Fig. 2. Master Class ‘Environmental Protective Glazing: Recent Projects and New Research’.

Fig. 2. Master Class ‘Environmental Protective Glazing: Recent Projects and New Research’.

The University of York MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management Spring Master Class will be held this year on Saturday, 4th March 2017.

Organised in association with the Stained Glass Research School, the event is entitled, ‘Environmental Protective Glazing: Recent Projects and New Research’. Speakers will include, Keith Barley (Barley Studio), Nancy Georgi (The York Glaziers Trust), Tom Küpper (Lincoln Cathedral), and Dr Sophie Wolf (The Vitrocentre, Romont).

The cost for attendance in £40, which includes lunch and refreshments. Student concessions are available. For tickets register via Eventbrite.  For more information, please contact

Forum for the Conservation and Technology of Stained Glass – Call for Papers

Fig. 3. Forum 'Stained Glass: Art at the Surface'.

Fig. 3. Forum ‘Stained Glass: Art at the Surface’.

The International Scientific Committee for the Conservation and Technology of Historic Stained Glass has issued a call for papers for its 10th Forum, to be held in Cambridge, 3-5 September 2017. Organised in collaboration with the Society for Glass Technology and the Corpus Vitrearum, the forum is entitled, ‘Stained Glass: Art at the Surface. Creation, Recognition and Conservation’, and will focus on the ways in which glass is transformed into art by the application of surface decoration. More information about the conference, venue and registration can be found on the Society of Glass Technology’s website. Proposals for a paper or a poster should be submitted by email to marked ‘Forum 2017’. The deadline for submissions is 3 March 2017.

Festival at The Stained Glass Centre, St Martin-cum-Gregory, York

Sunday, 29th January, 11am – 3pm.

The Stained Glass Centre is taking part in this year’s York Residents’ Festival. The centre, in the church of St Martin-cum-Gregory, will be open on Sunday 29th January from 11am until 3pm. There will be demonstrations of glass painting and glazing, as well as a chance to try your hand at glass painting! There will also be a book sale and refreshments. Guides will be available to provide insight into the fascinating history and architecture of the beautiful church building. The event is an excellent opportunity to see inside one of York’s hidden gems.

Stained Glass Museum Study Weekend: Student Bursary

Fig. 4. Salome presenting to her mother the head of St John the Baptist, early 16th century, Gresford Parish Church © Martin Crampin

Fig. 4. Salome presenting to her mother the head of St John the Baptist, early 16th century, Gresford Parish Church © Martin Crampin

Calling all students! Applications are now open for a student bursary place on the Stained Glass Museum’s Study Weekend in North East Wales and Chester (announced in last month’s Vidimus), to be held between 20th and 23rd April 2017. The bursary is generously funded by the Friends of The Stained Glass Museum, and the application process is very simple. The deadline for completed applications is midday, Friday 24th February. For more information, see the Museum’s website.

Further Training Awards from The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass 2017

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass has announced that once again it will offer an Award for Excellence and two Ashton Hill Awards for the year 2017-18. The deadline for entry is Friday, 21st April 2017.

These awards are training work placement awards for those within the first five years of completing their stained glass training, intending to undertake a long term career in stained glass. Recipients will be placed in high-quality working studios undertaking mentored work with the guidance of experienced professionals. The 10-week Ashton Hill Awards are aimed at those wishing to develop their glass conservation and/or painting skills. The Award for Excellence is a 40-week work experience program providing individual tuition tailored to the needs and interests of the award winner. The aim of all the Glaziers’ Company’s awards is to raise standards of work within the craft, particularly in the U.K., by offering additional learning experiences to enhance the skills of our craft workers.

As previously announced, the Glaziers’ Company is also offering two Continuing Professional Development Awards, for practitioners with at least five years’ working experience to broaden their professional skills, whether by moving towards the attainment of accredited status as conservators, or by developing their creative skills. The deadline for applications for these awards is Tuesday, 31st January 2017.

Application details for all awards and competitions can be found on The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass website.

Lecture: The Medieval Glazing of Westminster Abbey: New Discoveries

Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 5.00pm

Professor Richard Marks, of the University of Cambridge, and Laura Atkinson, from Canterbury Cathedral Stained Glass Studio, will lecture on the remains of the abbey’s once magnificent, but now seriously depleted and little known, medieval stained glass. The lecture forms part of the British Archaeological Association’s programme of meetings, and will take place in the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE. Tea is served from 4.30pm and the Chair is taken at 5.00pm. Non-members of the Association are welcome to attend, and are asked to sign the visitors’ book on arrival. For more information, please see the British Archaeological Association’s website.