All Change at Vidimus!
Our editor, the indefatigable Dr Heather Gilderdale Scott, has decided to hand over the reins of Vidimus after her involvement as an author since our very first issue, in November 2006, and, more recently, in the editorial seat since 2016. We take this opportunity to thank her for her hard work on our behalf and hope that with a bit more time on her hands, she may even find time to contribute again some of her own research for the benefit of Vidimus readers.
The good news is that her editorial shoes will now be filled by Dr Katie Harrison. Katie will already be known to many of you. She has a master’s degree in stained glass conservation and gained conservation experience in studios throughout Europe before joining the conservation team at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, assisting in the completion of the Boppard project. She returned to academia thereafter and has recently completed her doctorate, which has shed fascinating new light on the conception and narrative of the St Cuthbert window of York Minster.
We have taken advantage of the changeover, as well as the conversion of the British Corpus Vitrearum into a registered charity, to reflect on the future direction of Vidimus. In order to be able to accommodate more in-depth studies alongside news and reviews, and to give it a more sustainable future, we have decided to make it a quarterly publication. I would like to welcome Katie to her new role and to extend an invitation to all our readers worldwide to make contact with her to discuss articles, news and ways in which you would like to see Vidimus grow and develop into the new decade.
With warmest best wishes,
Sarah Brown, chairman, Corpus Vitrearum (Great Britain)
Registered Charity 1179950
Vidimus welcomes its readers to the first issue of 2020 with a double-feature issue full of exciting and wide-ranging discoveries, insights, reviews and news. We lead with the recent and extraordinary discovery of a centuries-hidden medieval window at Girona Cathedral, alongside, and following on from our December 2019 issue, part 2 of the detailed and insightful treatment of the pioneering stained glass scholar, Bernard Rackham. Our News items open with an invitation to a celebration of the life of Prof. Paul Crossley in the coming weeks, and include a report of a fascinating exhibition at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles on medieval and Renaissance depictions of the Magus Balthazar; proposed events around the 850th anniversary this year of the murder of St Thomas Becket; and a summary of a recent publication addressing the treatment of medieval glazing at the Reformation. In Books, we bring a review of a recent volume highlighting William Morris’ beautiful glass at All Saints, Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire.
Heather Gilderdale-Scott, Editor, January 2020