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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 2015
Wednesday 2nd-Saturday 5th September

CAMBRIDGE - Fully booked.  To join a waiting list please email Annual Conferences

The conference this year will take place in the heart of Cambridge from afternoon on Wed 2nd September to midday Saturday 5th (please note the change of conference days). We will be staying in Jesus College, from where we will visit colleges, churches and chapels to see exceptional stained glass ranging from medieval to the present day. Uniquely it will be 
a conference without coaches owing to the close proximity of the venues. The Gala Dinner and drinks reception on Friday night will be held in the spacious Upper Hall, which dates back to the foundation of the College by Bishop Alcock:

Medieval carvings decorate the crossbeams of the restored roof, and arched windows along each side provide ample natural daylight, adding to the fresh feel of the room. The whitewashed walls are undecorated except for the mural by Richard Long, 'River Avon Mud, 1996', lending the room a distinctive and airy character. On the top level of the college buildings, the Upper Hall leads onto a balcony that overlooks the magnificent 15th century Hall.

The days will be structured without morning and afternoon coffee breaks and we will also need to find out own lunches. The city is full of places to visit and, having to cater for students and tourists, it also has many places to eat and drink. The price includes: three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast, all rooms are en suite. There will be a special reception and Gala Conference Dinner Friday evening in the Upper Hall and the conference ends Saturday midday after artists’ presentations. Entry fees are also included in the cost of this package. 

Download 2015 Autumn Touring Conference information


'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

Download 2014 London conference report

Annual Conference retrospective

  • 2014 - Yorkshire East Riding with Ann Sotheran, Peter Cormack, Tony Benyon and others 
  • 2013 - Worcester and Gloucester organized by Robin Lunn and Roy Albutt
  • 2012 - Glasgow - West of Scotland 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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