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The Ancestors at Canterbury Cathedral
Exhibition and lecture series
18 May-23 Aug

The Ancestors will exhibit a series of life-size figures representing the Ancestors of Christ, which date to the 12th and early 13th centuries.

These beautiful examples of medieval stained glass have been temporarily removed from the Cathedral’s Great South Window, while conservation work is carried out on its crumbling stonework.

Recent research indicates that amongst the late Romanesque glass there may even be a few survivors that pre-date the great fire of 1174. This would make them by far the oldest painted windows in Britain. Detailed examination has always been hard as such windows are installed at a high level. Their removal has created a unique opportunity to see the dazzling medieval art displayed at ground level.

After two hugely successful exhibitions in the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the exhibition now gives British and continental audiences the opportunity to ‘meet the Ancestors’ face-to-face, before they return to the re-built Great South Window later this year.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a number of Friday evening lectures:

22 May, The Archives
‘Before the Ancestors: the clerestory windows of the early 12th century’

Sandy Heslop BA FSA FRHistS, Professor of Visual Arts, University of East Anglia

5 June, Cathedral Lodge Auditorium
‘Safeguarding the Ancestors: The Renewal of Canterbury’s Great South Window’

Canterbury Cathedral’s own heritage team: Jo Deeming BArch (hons), DipArch, MArch, RIBA, SCA, AABC, Surveyor to the Fabric; Heather Newton, Head of Stone Masonry and Conservation; and Léonie Seliger, Director of Stained Glass Studios

12 June, Cathedral Lodge Auditorium
‘Making glass for windows in the Middle Ages’

Ian Freestone BSc, MSc, PhD, FSA, FGS, Professor of Archaeological Materials and Technology
‘An experiment in light’
Léonie Seliger, Director of the Stained Glass Studios

24 July, The Archives
‘Series of Ancestors, Series of Miracles: The Glazing of the Trinity Chapel’

Dr. Rachel Koopmans, Associate Professor of Medieval History, York University, Toronto

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