Dear Readers,

Welcome to yet another bumper issue!

Our main News story celebrates the completion of the astonishing twenty-year long conservation campaign at the church of St Mary, at Fairford in Gloucestershire. Apart from congratulating Keith Barley and his team for a job well done, the editorial board of Vidimus would also like to pay tribute to the volunteers and fund raisers (including donors) without whose generous contributions this enormous project could never have been finalised.

Other interesting news includes a report of a conference on the wonderful glass from Herkenrode abbey, now in Lichfield cathedral; a fascinating exhibition of Renaissance glass in Chartres, and an introduction to the forthcoming CVMA conference in St Petersburg. We also report the sad death of Carola Hicks.

Our Panel of the Month looks at the importance of the architecture depicted in the famous St William window in York Minster while our Feature concentrates on another, but far less well known, triumph of glass painting in Yorkshire; a 17th-century window by Henry Gyles at Denton-in-Wharfedale.

Our Books pages include a review of a fascinating collection of essays which include a chapter about the 13th-century Miracles of St Andrew window in Troyes Cathedral and a close look at a new history of Salisbury Cathedral – often voted one of Britain’s most iconic buildings.

I am also delighted to report that we are seeing a steady increase in the number of readers becoming subscribers. If you have not already joined us, please do so. Subscriptions are free and adding your name to our mailing list will mean that you will automatically receive an email alert from us telling you when new issues are published.

And please don’t forget that we always like to hear from our readers. Tell us what you think. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

Finally, please note that our July/August summer double issue will be published at the end of July.

Anna Eavis (Editor)

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