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British Society of Master Glass Painters Touring Conferences


The British Society of Master Glass Painters has for many years run an autumn conference weekend exploring in depth the stained glass heritage of the British Isles. It attracts a vibrant mix of stained glass artists, conservators, restorers, historians, researchers and other enthusiasts giving members an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience in a friendly and informal environment. Conferences are planned and led by expert guides in collaboration with members whose local knowledge and connections lead to a fascinating and often unusual programme of events.

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Autumn Touring Conference 2014
Thursday 28th - Sunday 31st August

'Hull and the East Riding of England'

The 2014 annual autumn touring conference will take place in the East Riding of Yorkshire between Thursday 28 and Sunday 31 August with an option to stay for a further night. We will be based in Hull and staying at the University of Hull campus. This year we return to parish churches including one of the largest parish churches in Britain – Holy Trinity, Hull – as the centrepiece.

The tour will include two large Sylvester Sparrow windows, with one made by him but designed by Walter Crane, and other interesting glass at Holy Trinity, a scheme of windows at Hotham designed by Douglas Strachan during the war years of 1938–45, a stunning early Clayton & Bell scheme at St Marys, South Dalton, Anning Bell glass at Warter, excellent Morris glass at Welter along with work by the Belgian Artist Jean-Baptiste Carponnier but also examples of 20th century work by the ‘Yorkshire School’ including Harry Stammers and Harry Harvey plus much, much more.The near proximity of York and Beverley will offer delegates an opportunity to visit other interesting and very accessible glass on the Sunday before heading home. 

Download 2014 Autumn Touring Conference information, which includes a postal Booking Form.

'STAINED GLASS - the State of the ART' 
Monday 7th - Tuesday 8th April 2014

The politics and ethics of conservation, restoration
and the design of new stained glass in historic buildings

GLAZIERS HALL, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, SE1 9DD 

The Art, Craft and Conservation of Stained Glass should be inextricably linked. In the last decade these disciplines have become separated, particularly divorcing the artistic dimension
of stained glass from its conservation and restoration.

The content of this conference reflected the policy of the British Society of Master Glass
Painters (BSMGP) to resist this trend, and to reinvigorate relationships between client, artist, artisan, and conservator. To that end presentations were not grouped by type: discussion of art and design was counterpointed by debate concerning the ethics of conservation.

A periodic evaluation of the ethics of conservation and the current state of Art and Design is essential. This landmark series of lectures confronted the status quo and sets the scene for vigorous and critical debate.

The conference included contributions from stained glass and fine artists, architects and representatives from Icon (Institute of Conservation), SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings), AABC (Architects Accredited in Buildings Conservation), CBC (Church Buildings Council) and The National Trust.


  • Caroline Benyon FMGP ACR - BSMGP Chairman
  • John Burton Dip Arch RIBA AABC MBE - Architect and former Surveyor of the Fabric, Westminster Abbey
  • Oliver Caroe BA (Hons), Dipl. Arch Cantab., RIBA, AABC - Surveyor of the Fabric, St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Glenn Carter FMGP - Stained glass artist and tutor
  • Steve Clare FMGP, ACR - Director, Holy Well Glass
  • Fernando Cortés Pizano - Stained glass conservator.
  • Tobit Curteis ACR - conservator
  • John Dallimore BTech CEng FIET FCIBSE MEI - Master, Worshipful Company of Glaziers
  • Pedro Gaspar - Church Buildings Council
  • Dan Humphries ACR - Director, Holy Well Glass
  • Sam Kelly ACR - Senior Conservator, Salisbury Cathedral
  • Elise Learner ACR - Chapel Studios
  • Katy Lithgow ACR - Head Conservator, National Trust
  • Hughie O'Donoghue RA - Fine artist
  • Rachel Phillips BA - lecturer in Architectural Glass, University of Swansea
  • Frédéric Pivet - Conservator at La Sainte-Chapelle, Paris
  • Judith Schaechter – Stained glass artist

Annual Conference retrospective

  • 2013 - Worcester and Gloucester organized by Robin Lunn and Roy Albutt
  • 2012 - Glasgow ‘Town and Coast - West of Scotland stained glass’ with Peter Cormack and Iain Galbraith
  • 2011 - The Wirral and over the waters with Tony Benyon and others
  • 2010 - Winchester with Mary Calle and others
  • 2009 - Tayside and the Kingdom of Fife guided by Peter Cormack
  • 2008 - Bristol and Wells Guides and speakers Tim Ayers, Geoffrey Lane, Steve Clare and David O'Connor.
  • 2007 - Lincoln Guides and speakers Jim Cheshire, Penny Hegbin Barnes, Tom Küpperand the Rev. Gordon Plumb.
  • 2006 - Manchester Guides and speakers: Dr David O'Connor, Penny Hegbin-Barnes, Wendy and Barrie Armstrong and Neil Moat.
  • 2005 - Edinburgh Guides and speakers: Peter Cormack FSA Hon FMGP, Dr Elizabeth Cumming, Douglas Hogg FSA(Scot), FRSA, FMGP, Dr Sally Rush Bambrough, Prof. John Hume OBE
  • 2004 - Shropshire and Staffordshire Guides and speakers: Peter Cormack FSA, Hon. FMGP, Martin Harrison FSA, Hon. FMGP, Jane Gray FMGP
  • 2003 - Exeter Guides and speakers: Peter Cormack FSA, Hon. FMGP, John Hayward FMGP, Dr David Evans, Mr Andrew Johnson
  • 2002 - Aberdeen Guides and Speakers: Peter Cormack FSA, Hon. FMGP.  Mike and Jennifer Jane Bayliss AMGP
  • 2001 - London Guides and Speakers: Caroline Benyon FMGP, ACR, Tony Benyon, Sarah Brown FSA Hon. FMGP, Dr Donald Buttress, Caroline Swash FMGP, Peter Cormack FSA, Hon. FMGP, Kathy Shaw AMGP, Graham Jones FMGP, Dr Michael Peover
  • 2000 – Cork Guides and Speakers: Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe, Debbie Dawson,
    Mary Mackey.

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