Mike Dixon

Fig. 1. A memory of Mike Dixon.

Vidimus was sad to learn of the death of Mike Dixon (Fig. 1), well known to many as the photographer of the Stained Glass of Norfolk website. Corpus Vitrearum researcher and author David King has also worked closely with Mike for many years and in due course his images will be celebrated in David’s forthcoming Corpus volumes. In the meantime, Mike’s rich legacy of images can be enjoyed online:

The Plowden Medal 2023

Fig. 2. The Plowden Medal. (Photo © Prof. Sarah Brown.)

The Royal Warrant Holders Association has announced that this year’s Plowden Medal winner is Professor Sarah Brown of the York Glaziers Trust and University of York. Established in 1999 to commemorate the life and work of the late Hon. Anna Plowden CBE (1938 – 1997), the Plowden Medal (Fig 2) was endowed by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, of which she was Vice-President. It is awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession.

Call for Papers: Technology, Conservation and Restoration of Stained Glass, XII International Forum for the Conservation and Technology of Historic Stained Glass of the Corpus Vitrearum-ICOMOS. Erfurt, Germany 17-19 July 2024

The German national committee of the Corpus Vitrearum invites submissions of proposals for technical papers and posters for the twelfth international meeting of the Forum. The overall theme of the meeting is ‘Visibility’. Abstracts of 200-300 words, which will be reviewed by a scientific committee, are invited. Notification of admission to the Forum will circulated by December 31, 2023. Proposals may be submitted in English, French or German to:

Upcoming Conferences

New Illuminations – Stained Glass in Ireland and Beyond

21–23 September 2023, Trinity College, Dublin

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Ecclesiological Society Annual Conference 2023: Stained Glass Revivals

7 October 2023, St John’s Waterloo, London SE1, with an online option.

Full programme and tickets available from Eventbrite:

Stained Glass Museum – Online Talks, October 2023

All talks will be held online via Zoom. Tickets are £6.50 per talk, or £5 for Friends of The Stained Glass Museum

Find out more and buy tickets here

Powell & Sons’ opus sectile: innovation in glass mosaics, 1860s-1890s

Lily Crowther, Curator, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

Wednesday 4 October 2023, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)

Leading stained-glass makers James Powell & Sons developed a new type of mosaic tiling material in the early 1860s. The vibrantly coloured opaque tiles, known later as opus sectile, were especially popular in church interiors, where they were used for polychrome tiled floors as well as fresco-like mural decoration. This talk will introduce new research which has revealed more about the early history of opus sectile, and particularly how the material was collected and promoted by the South Kensington Museum.

Lily Crowther is Curator of the social history and decorative art collections at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. She is also reading for a DPhil at Oxford University and the Victoria & Albert Museum; her research focuses on the collections and legacies of the Museum of Construction & Building Materials, which was part of the South Kensington Museum in the 1850s-1880s.               


William Burrell’s Stained Glass Collection

Edward Johnson, Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Art (Burrell Collection) and Dr Marie Groll, The York Glaziers Trust

Wednesday 11 October 2023, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)

After a major redevelopment project, The Burrell Museum was named Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2023. Amongst the extraordinarily rich and diverse collection gifted to the city of Glasgow by collector William Burrell is a significant collection of medieval and Renaissance stained and painted glass. Many of these windows are on display at the museum and this is an opportunity to find out more about how Burrell came to acquire these fine pieces, how they were displayed in the collector’s home, and how they have been curated for modern audiences visiting the Burrell Collection today.

Edward Johnson is Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Art at the Burrell Collection, Glasgow. Marie Groll is Business Manager of the York Glazier’s Trust, whose PhD research on William Burrell, Thomas Drake and the Transatlantic Trade in Stained Glass in the first half of the 20th century was carried out at the University of York in conjunction with Glasgow Museums.


Pauline Boty: Collage into Stained Glass – a Pop Art Approach

Dr Sue Tate, author of Pauline Boty: Pop Artist and Woman

Wednesday 18 October 2023, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)

Pauline Boty was one of the founders of British Pop; a talented and ambitious artist, and also a charismatic player on the swinging London scene. She produced a vibrant body of work in stained glass, collage and paint that both challenges and enriches Pop from a female perspective. This talk will focus on the stained glass work she made while at the Royal College of Art (including the piece held at the Ely Stained Glass Museum). It will explore the relationship between the mediums of collage and stained glass and place both in the wider context of Boty’s whole oeuvre and contribution to Pop.

Dr Sue Tate is a freelance art historian with a specific interest in women artists. She is the leading expert on Pauline Boty, British Pop Artist, 1938-66, having curated exhibitions of her oeuvre, lecturing on it in the UK, Europe and the USA, and published essays, book chapters and the definitive book on the artist: Pauline Boty: Pop Artist and Woman.