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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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2018 Autumn Touring Conference – Oxford
Wed 29 August–Sat 1 September

The University of Oxford is the destination of the BSMGP 2018 Conference with Peter Cormack as our principal guide. We will be staying in New College, which despite its name is one of the oldest colleges, founded in 1379. The old city walls pass through the College, which is centrally sited and recognized for the high quality of its cuisine catering for all tastes (if you have special dietary needs please include them with your application).
Registration will take place on Wednesday at 2.30 pm and during the afternoon we will visit New College Chapel, which includes 14/15th-century stained glass by Thomas Glazier; 18th-century glass by William Price, William Peckitt and Thomas Jervais after Joshua Reynolds and early 19th-century glass by William Raphael Eginton.
The itinerary for Thursday includes a coach trip around South Oxfordshire and Berkshire to visit late-13th-century stained glass at North Moreton and several other churches containing work by Frank Brangwyn, Hugh Arthur Kennedy, Heywood Sumner and Herbert Hendrie amongst others
Lunch will be at Bradfield College, which has an early window by Edward Burne-Jones made by James Powell & Sons in 1857.
The itinerary for Friday will include a walk around Oxford visiting college chapels to see 12/13th-century glass, 16th- and 17th-century glass by Joshua Price and Abraham Van Linge and 20th-century windows by John Piper.
Oxford is rich in stained glass and a list of locations will be available to delegates who may wish to visit them either before or after the Conference.
The all-in price includes coach travel, donations and entrance fees to all sites, 3 nights’ accommodation in single en-suite rooms, 3 breakfasts, 2 evening meals, lunch at Bradfield College, one reception, and the Conference Dinner on Friday.

Price: £445 members;
         £490 non-members (includes 2018 membership)

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