Norfolk Stained Glass Exhibition

Fig. 1. Panel on display at St Nicholas's Chapel, Kings Lynn

Fig. 1. Panel on display at St Nicholas’s Chapel, Kings Lynn

A loan exhibition of beautiful, back-lit, photographic images of Norfolk medieval stained glass will be on display in St Nicholas’s Chapel, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, until the 1 July 2013. Curated by Claire Daunton (University of East Anglia and Trinity Hall Cambridge) and with photographs by Mike Dixon, the exhibition has been lent by the Hungate Medieval Centre in Norwich. Images are arranged at eye level where the detail and craftsmanship of the work is obviously apparent and the political subtext of certain panels more easily appreciated.

Admission to the exhibition is free. Opening hours are 10.30am – 4.30pm, Tuesdays and Saturdays. St Nicholas’s Chapel is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. For further information visit the website.

2013 British Archaeological Association Conference

Fig. 1. The shrine of St Edward the Confessor at Westminster Abbey.

Fig. 1. The shrine of St Edward the Confessor at Westminster Abbey.

The 2013 BAA Conference will embrace the royal palace and abbey of Westminster, covering the archaeology, history and art history of this complex of religious and secular structures occupying the Island of Thorney, from their origins to the fire of 1834. A full programme of lectures and visits has been arranged, which will include access to parts of the abbey, school and palace that are not open to the public. The conference dinner will be held in the fourteenth-century abbots’ private hall (now College Hall), and there will be another dinner in the Houses of Parliament.

Speakers will include Jeremy Ashbee, Steven Brindle, Nicola Coldstream, Mark Collins, John Crook, Richard Foster, John Goodall, Roland Harris, Edward Impey, Virginia Jansen, John McNeil, Richard Mortimer, Julian Munby, Warwick Rodwell, Marie Louise Sauerberg, Jane Spooner, Tim Tatton-Brown, Pamela Tudor-Craig, and Christopher Wilson.

Delegates will have open access to the abbey, and the arranged site visits will include the Norman undercroft, the Pyx Chamber, the shrine of St Edward the Confessor, the coronation chair, the Cosmati pavements, the chapter house, the Jerusalem Chamber, the library and the museum. There will be visits to parts of Westminster School, including the remaining medieval fragments, and Ashburnham House. Visits to the palace will include Westminster Hall, St Mary Undercroft, St Stephen’s Cloister, and the Jewel Tower.

For more information, visit the website.

International Medieval Congress, Leeds

Fig. 1. Canterbury Cathedral, nIII 40: the cure of Godwin, a leper from Boxgrove Priory.

Fig. 1. Canterbury Cathedral, nIII 40: the cure of Godwin, a leper from Boxgrove Priory.

This year’s International Medieval Congress in Leeds (1–4 July) includes a number of sessions relating to medieval stained glass.

Monday 1 July 2013, 16.30–18.00
‘Medieval Stained Glass in Wales after the Middle Ages: Survival, Loss, and Reinvention’, by Martin Crampin, Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth University

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00–10.30
‘Leprosy in the “Miracle Windows” of Canterbury Cathedral’ by Rachel M. Koopmans, Department of History, York University, Ontario

Thursday 4 July 2013, 09.00–10.30
‘Constantine and Charlemagne: An Apologia for the Fourth Crusade in the Windows at Chartres Cathedral’, by Christopher Timm, Department of Art History, Florida State University

Thursday 4 July 2013, 11.15–12.45
‘Beyond the Physicality of Prayer in Medieval Stained Glass’, by Ileana Vesa, Emanuel University, Oradea

Two related sessions will also appeal to readers.

Thursday 4 July 2013, 09.00–10.30
‘St Eligius and the Miracle of the Horseshoe: A 15th-Century Wall Painting at Highworth Church, Wiltshire’, by Ellie Pridgeon, Department of the History of Art & Film, University of Leicester / Science Museum, London

Thursday 4 July 2013, 11.15–12.45
‘Painting Passion: Violence and Imagination in the Wall Paintings of the Sainte-Chapelle’, by Emily Davenport Guerry, Merton College, University of Oxford

For more information, visit the website.

Stained Glass before 1700 in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fig. 1. Stained Glass before 1700 in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fig. 1. Stained Glass before 1700 in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The appearance of a new Corpus Vitrearum volume is always a cause for celebration, as these works always involve years of research and dedication. The British CVMA is looking forward to the imminent publication of Tim Ayers’s The Medieval Stained Glass of Merton College, Oxford.

A new volume has just been published by the American Corpus Vitrearum: Stained Glass before 1700 in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by Dr Renée Burnham. This work catalogues more than 140 panels ranging in dated from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries, including three medallions from the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and the finest collection of English armorial glass in the USA.

A full review of this important book will appear in a future issue.

BSMGP Lecture Programme

The British Society of Master Glass Painters has announced its 2013 programme of seasonal lectures.

Spring Lecture – Friday 8 March, 6.15pm for a 6.45pm start
Alan Brooks: ‘Francis Spear: A Student of Art and Symbolism’

Discussion day – Wednesday 8 May, 10am – 4pm
Challenges in contemporary glass practice and a meeting with English Antique Glass (EAG)

Summer Lecture – Friday 14 June, 6.15 pm for a 6.45pm start
Amber Hiscott: ‘Paint, Paper, Glass …’

Autumn Lecture – Friday 11 October, 6.15pm for a 6.45 pm start
Michael Peover and Elise Lerner: ‘The renewal of the painted glass at Strawberry Hill’

Meetings take place at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Street, London WC1N 3AT. Please note that admission to these events is by ticket only. Please contact Helen Robinson (

Appeal for Help

Fig. 1. Detail of panel

Fig. 1. Detail of panel

Fig. 2. Detail of panel

Fig. 2. Detail of panel

A Vidimus reader has appealed for information concerning a panel of stained glass in a private collection.

The panel measures approximately 21.5 by 27cm, and is a rendition on glass of a well-known print by Albrecht Dürer of St Eustace and the Stag (c.1510). Click here for the copy of the print in the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Fig. 3. Detail of panel

Fig. 3. Detail of panel

If anyone has any information as to date or place of execution, our Vidimus reader would be very pleased to know. Please contact the Editor via the Contact page.

Spring Master Class, Bulk Glass, Plain Glazing, Archaeological Glass History, Technology and Conservation, The University of York

The Master Class will commence on Friday 1 March at 5pm with an evening lecture and drinks reception, and will continue with a full day of papers on Saturday 2 March.

This event will focus on bulk glass, ‘plain glazing’, ‘white’ glass and archaeological glass, its technology, history and conservation. An international panel of speakers will present recent research and new conservation applications. Tea, coffee and a sandwich lunch is included in the ticket price of £65 per person. The speakers will be as follows.

•    Professor Ian Freestone, University College, London: ‘Latest research on medieval glass composition’
•    Dr Ivo Rauch, University of York: ‘From Bathhouse to Bauhaus: Window Glass and Architecture’
•    Dr David Dungworth, English Heritage: ‘Chemical analysis of plain window glass: technology, dating and conservation’
•    Reiner Meindl, Glashuette Lamberts: ‘White glass production for the 21st Century’
•    Professor Hannelore Roemich, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University: ‘Archaeological glass: surface degradation and conservation challenges’

Please contact Brittany Scowcroft (, 01904 433910) at the University of York for booking forms and more information.

York Glaziers Trust, Training Opportunity

With the support of the York Minster Fund, the York Glaziers Trust, Britain’s oldest and largest specialist stained-glass conservation studio, is seeking to recruit an apprentice conservation glazier. The person appointed to the two-year apprenticeship will join a dedicated team currently engaged upon the conservation of York Minster’s Great East Window, one of the most exciting and ambitious conservation projects of its kind in Europe. Starting salary will be £14,500, depending upon qualifications and experience. For further information and an application form, contact or telephone 01904 557228.

Closing date for applications is Friday 1 March 2013. Interviews will be held in York on Thursday 14 March 2014. For more information about the Trust see