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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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2017 Autumn Touring Conference – Leicester
Wed 30 August–Sat 2 September

The Touring Conference this year is based in Leicester. Though the final itinerary awaits confirmation, a rich variety of glass is promised, from the Medieval period right through to 2016.

One of the highlights will be Leicester Cathedral. In St Katharine’s Chapel is Tom Denny’s ‘Redemption’ windows, commissioned to commemorate the finding of King Richard III’s remains in Leicester in 2012 and his reinterment near to the place of his death. The windows, dedicated in April 2016, marked the final act of the reinterment of Richard III. The cathedral also contains several windows by Arts & Crafts artists. Two are by Christopher Whall; the 20C E Window (1920, see image) was installed as a WWI monument. A later window was designed by his daughter Veronica. Other A&C windows around Leicester are by Karl Parsons (St Phillips) and Douglas Strachan (E window at Cossington). One noted A&C designer, Theodora Salusbury, was the daughter of the church warden at St James's Leicester. She studied with Whall and Karl Parsons at Central School, and her windows are found across the county.

At Twycross is some of the oldest stained glass in England. The E window has some remarkable panels and fragments from St Denis, Ste Chapelle in Paris and Le Mans cathedral. They were given to the church by Sir Wathen Waller and installed by Thomas Willemont, having first been in the possession of George III, then George IV and William IV, who was a frequent guest at nearby Gopsall Hall.

In the tiny Tudor Chapel at Withcote is a set of fine 16C panels that Hilary Wayment suggested may have been a scaled-down version of the 1520s glazing scheme for the chapel of Cardinal Wolsey’s palace at Hampton Court. The scheme has been attributed to Galyon Hone – Henry VII’s Glazier at Kings Chapel, Cambridge. It represents one of the lesser-known treasures of pre-Reformation glazing in England.

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Catrin Davies, Ty'r Ysgol, Rhandirmwyn, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0PA
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